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A Girl Behind Dark Glasses took me on an emotional journey, reading about a teenage girl trapped in her body, barely able to move or communicate, drifting in and out of consciousness.
Most people have heard of M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) but don’t realise how severe it can be. Jessica Taylor-Bearman was struck down by an unusually severe form of M.E. at the age of 15, the disease impacting on every aspect of her life. In her book, she writes from the heart about what was going on inside her mind as she lay motionless in hospital, her eyes protected from the light by dark sunglasses – all of her pain, frustrations, fears and confusion spilling out on to the pages of her digital diary, ‘Bug’.
Her strict treatment programme seemed like a punishment, as doctors puzzled over the best way to manage her symptoms. Yet her only ‘crime’ was to catch a virus and then become seriously ill. From the devotion of her family and friends as they tried to nurse her back to health to the mishandling (and abuse) by nursing staff and other healthcare professionals, she preserved her memories to follow her dream to become an author one day.
A Girl Behind Dark Glasses isn’t an easy read. But it is a lesson to us all – cherish what you have in life and don’t take your health for granted. This is a story of strength and resilience amid all of the despair – and ultimately, a story of love, survival and passion for life. Jessica’s experiences made me angry and made me weep but, above all, made me hope – that one day doctors will find a cure for this devastating, cruel disease.
From a darkened world, bound by four walls, a young woman called Jessica tells the tale of her battle against the M.E Monster. The severest form of a neuro immune disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis went to war with her at just 15 years old. From beneath her dark glasses, Jessica glimpses a world far different from the one she remembers as a teenage school girl. This true story follows her path as she ends up living in hospital for years with tubes keeping her alive. This harrowing story follows the highs and lows of the disease and being hospitalised, captured through her voice activated technology diary called `Bug' that enables her to fulfil her dream of one day becoming an author. It provides a raw, real-time honesty to the story that would be impossible to capture in hindsight.
Publication date: 03/07/2018
Publisher: Hashtag Press
|Publication date:||3rd July 2018|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography,|
|Categories:||Memoirs, Coping with illness & specific conditions,|
Jessica Taylor-Bearman was born in March 1991, at Maidstone Hospital in England. She grew up in Rochester and Canterbury, Kent, where she attended Rochester Grammar School for Girls. At the age of 15, she became acutely unwell with an illness called Myalgic Encephalomyletis (M.E). She was continously hospitalised from 2006-2010, suffering with the most severe form of the condition. This included her being bedridden, unable to move, speak, eat and more. She began to write in her mind, and when finally able to speak again, she began to write through her audio diary 'Bug'. In 2009, Jessica began to teach herself to ...More About Jessica Taylor-Bearman