What Doesn’t Kill You
I don’t remember where I saw this quote, so forgive me, but it went something like “I wish everyone understood that being non-disabled is temporary.” We all age, and things can happen to our bodies or minds that are not within our control, literally at any moment.
Tessa Miller’s WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU, was an illuminating memoir/nonfiction book. I know I’m going to keep it on my shelf forever because she has some really helpful tidbits about how to fight for proper healthcare and how to best support people in your life that are chronically ill. It was a sobering read, because our capitalistic society does not value human life, only money. The horrifying stories she shared about fighting for life saving procedures and the hoops she had to jump through one million times over in order to get insurance to cover it or even just to approve it were truly dystopian. But this is her reality, and the reality of millions of people across the United States. I think this is a really valuable book for everyone to read, whether or not you are disabled.
[ID: The nonfiction book What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness, Lessons from a Body in Revolt by Tessa Miller is held up by Viv’s hand against a tree’s stump.]
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