Hi everyone! How was your weekend?
I write this today beside a pumpkin spice candle and my personal heater with a sleepy cat on my lap. I’m in full autumn mode!
This will be my first winter in Tennessee, so I’m soaking up every last second of the cool, sunny days before the neighborhood around us turns into a frozen tundra, instigating my Raynaud’s and making me want to plunge my icy fingers into a vat of scalding water! 😂
Speaking of autoimmune disease, I had the opportunity to be one of the first to read a brand-new fiction book, Take Daily As Needed, written by Kathryn Trueblood.
So, today’s blog post will be a little different from my usual IBD journey as I share my thoughts about this book. (Don’t worry, I won’t give away any spoilers!)
I jumped at the opportunity to be an early reader because the book’s main character, Maeve Beaufort, has Crohn’s disease! I’ve never read a fiction narrative that features a main character with inflammatory bowel disease, so I thought that was awesome and inspiring.
Without further ado, grab your hot apple cider or chai tea, your cozy blanket, and get comfy.
My Book Review
Take Daily As Needed is a collection of vignettes that follow the life of Maeve Beaufort over the course of roughly twenty years.
Each chapter highlights a significant event in Maeve’s life that has deeply impacted her—from learning how to be the best mother to her children with severe allergies and ADHD, to caring for her sick and elderly parents, coming to terms with her own IBD diagnosis, and stumbling through fits of nostalgia as she recalls her past life. Maeve grows as a person, a mother, and a daughter as major life events disturb her status quo and shift the way she sees both herself and the world around her.
This book’s casual writing style creates a stark difference against the chaos unfurling in Maeve’s world, reminding the reader that we’re never alone in the trek through the discord in our own lives.
Kathryn accurately portrays the rawness of living with a chronic condition, the cathartic grieving for one’s life before diagnosis, and the turbulent journey of highs and lows of living with chronic illness.
If you appreciate books that discuss important life topics—like grief, regret, and nostalgia—in a way that makes you feel slightly uncomfortable and deeply vulnerable, then I recommend giving this book a read.
I think this kind of rawness and openness can lead to discussions that have the power to transform, especially within the chronic illness community. And I believe that community can’t exist without vulnerability.
You buy the book and learn more about the author at KathrynTrueblood.com!
I’d love to continue this conversation with you in the comments!
- If you’ve read Take Daily As Needed, what parts stood out to you?
- What other books—fiction or non-fiction—about chronic illness do you recommend? I’m looking to add to my reading list!
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