Invisible Illnesses and Disabilities

by Sharon Merritt



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/12/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 172
ISBN : 9781403388681
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 172
ISBN : 9781403388674

About the Book

On a wet, chilly autumn night along a rural Oregon road this young woman’s life was forever changed. A severe car accident nearly took her life. What followed were months of varying diagnoses and treatments for injuries to her head and body. However, as serious as her external injuries were, many "invisible" problems remained after the visible, physical wounds healed. Mental, emotional, financial and spiritual adjustments were just the beginning of learning how to live, and live well, despite the disability, suffering, and loss of many of her dreams.

Through her experience, Sharon Smith-Merritt has recorded hundreds of suggestions, helpful hints and tips on a variety topics including grieving, personal relationships, finances, sex, body image, and finding new, useful things to do. Her story is helpful and inspiring for anyone, not just those who are suffering from "invisible illnesses." Not only will it give guidance to those living with a new disability, it will also enable others to positively influence, support and encourage loved ones in their new struggle with the myriad of problems encountered after such a life-altering event.

About the Author

Sharon Smith-Merritt was born in 1969 and has lived most of her life in Portland, Oregon. Her college career at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon culminated in her receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1999. However, her time spent in the Physical Therapy Masters program was interrupted by the incident that became the catalyst for her book.

A car accident in 1991 left Sharon permanently, although invisibly, disabled. A lack of available support resources led to the research and development of her book, Invisible Illnesses and Disabilities. Her inspirational story of coping with a long term, non-life threatening illness offers keen insight into the life, abilities and limitations of living with these kinds of disabilities.