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My Leaky Body: Tales from the Gurney by Julie Devaney (Goose Lane Editions)

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Health care is a subject of perennial interest to Canadians, and it is a subject Julie Devaney knows from the inside out. Literally. <br /> <p> Initially diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Devaney spent five years being poked and prodded, undergoing degrading treatments and submitting to all manner of invasive tests and procedures, all the while suffering debilitating pain. After a prolonged ordeal, she was told her initial diagnosis was incorrect: she actually suffered from Crohn's Disease.<br /> </p><p> <i>My Leaky Body</i> is not a typical illness memoir. It is rather a first-person account of negotiating the Canadian health-care system as a patient, and a passionate call for reform in the way the system treats the vulnerable. But this is by no means a dour read: Devaney's story is told with self-deprecation and large dollops of humour.<br /> </p><p> In a starred review, Shawn Syms writes, The author portrays herself as neither martyr nor saint¦. As she learns the various ways she can exercise greater self-determination, her desire and capacity to empower others is heightened. The result is moving and genuinely inspirational. It just might effect some positive change, to boot.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0864926766/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=0864926766&linkCode=as2&tag=quillquire-20">Buy this book</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.ca/e/ir?t=quillquire-20&l=as2&o=15&a=0864926766" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important;margin:0px !important" /><br /> </p>
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Health care is a subject of perennial interest to Canadians, and it is a subject Julie Devaney knows from the inside out. Literally.

Initially diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Devaney spent five years being poked and prodded, undergoing degrading treatments and submitting to all manner of invasive tests and procedures, all the while suffering debilitating pain. After a prolonged ordeal, she was told her initial diagnosis was incorrect: she actually suffered from Crohn’s Disease.

My Leaky Body is not a typical illness memoir. It is rather a first-person account of negotiating the Canadian health-care system as a patient, and a passionate call for reform in the way the system treats the vulnerable. But this is by no means a dour read: Devaney’s story is told with self-deprecation and large dollops of humour.

In a starred review, Shawn Syms writes, The author portrays herself as neither martyr nor saint¦. As she learns the various ways she can exercise greater self-determination, her desire and capacity to empower others is heightened. The result is moving and genuinely inspirational. It just might effect some positive change, to boot.

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My Leaky Body: Tales from the Gurney by Julie Devaney (Goose Lane Editions)

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Health care is a subject of perennial interest to Canadians, and it is a subject Julie Devaney knows from the inside out. Literally.<br /> <p> Initially diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Devaney spent five years being poked and prodded, undergoing degrading treatments and submitting to all manner of invasive tests and procedures, all the while suffering debilitating pain. After a prolonged ordeal, she was told her initial diagnosis was incorrect: she actually suffered from Crohn’s Disease.<br /> </p><p> <i>My Leaky Body</i> is not a typical illness memoir. It is rather a first-person account of negotiating the Canadian health-care system as a patient, and a passionate call for reform in the way the system treats the vulnerable. But this is by no means a dour read: Devaney’s story is told with self-deprecation and large dollops of humour.<br /> </p><p> In a starred review, Shawn Syms writes, “The author portrays herself as neither martyr nor saint…. As she learns the various ways she can exercise greater self-determination, her desire and capacity to empower others is heightened. The result is moving and genuinely inspirational.” It just might effect some positive change, to boot.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0864926766/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=0864926766&linkCode=as2&tag=quillquire-20">Buy this book</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.ca/e/ir?t=quillquire-20&l=as2&o=15&a=0864926766" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important;margin:0px !important" /><br /> </p>
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Health care is a subject of perennial interest to Canadians, and it is a subject Julie Devaney knows from the inside out. Literally.

Initially diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Devaney spent five years being poked and prodded, undergoing degrading treatments and submitting to all manner of invasive tests and procedures, all the while suffering debilitating pain. After a prolonged ordeal, she was told her initial diagnosis was incorrect: she actually suffered from Crohn’s Disease.

My Leaky Body is not a typical illness memoir. It is rather a first-person account of negotiating the Canadian health-care system as a patient, and a passionate call for reform in the way the system treats the vulnerable. But this is by no means a dour read: Devaney’s story is told with self-deprecation and large dollops of humour.

In a starred review, Shawn Syms writes, “The author portrays herself as neither martyr nor saint…. As she learns the various ways she can exercise greater self-determination, her desire and capacity to empower others is heightened. The result is moving and genuinely inspirational.” It just might effect some positive change, to boot.

Buy this book