Monday, February 21, 2011

(26)Chocolate and Vicodin by Jennette Fulda

I am truly blessed. I was born with a disability, yes, but I do not have a chronic illness, and for that I feel as if I am truly blessed.

I read Jennette Fulda's new book, Chocolate & Vicodin, on a cold and snowy day. A day, coincidentally enough, that I had a headache. As I am reading through her chronicles of dealing with chronic pain, a headache at that, I came to the realization that I am truly blessed, for I know that my headache will go away.

If you know Jennette from her first book, Half-Assed or her blog, PastaQueen you know that she lost over 200 pounds through diet and exercise. Her new book picks up as she is getting ready to hit the book tour for her first book. One day she wakes up with a headache. Not the little nagging ones you get if you stare at a computer screen for too long, but a debilitating, crawling-is-better-than-walking, type of headache. And it NEVER.WENT.AWAY.

I really enjoyed Chocolate and Vicodin. The author takes us on her quest of finding relief. Through every doctors visit and every alternative medicine suggestion, she details the constant pain, trying to remain upbeat and that is admirable. I really enjoyed the author, even in her pain, she writes a great book. Before I was even a few chapters into the book, I went and downloaded Half-Assed. I can't wait to read about her weight loss journey!


Shon said...

I saw this yesterday while browsing at B&N. I hadn't heard of her first book and made a note to search for it when I came home. I'm usually not interested in reading autobiographies or memoirs, but I have to admit this one did interest me.

Lisa Mandina said...

As I enjoyed her first book, I'll put this on my list to read someday.

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