On Fridays I do my bit to promote Indie authors/bloggers by posting either Click & Run, Streets Ahead, or Book Share. This week is the turn of Friday Book Share, and so today authors or bloggers can share a link in the comments to an Indie book they’ve read and enjoyed (not their own). They can even add their review too, if they’ve written one.
If you see a book featured that interests you, please give it a tweet or perhaps even buy it. You’ll be doing an Indie author a huge favour!
For my part I’m sharing my 5 star review of a book ‘Allergic to Life‘ by Indie author Kathryn Chastain Treat that I read back in 2015 (NB: the author has since sadly passed away).
Imagine that the very food you eat and the beautiful carpet on your floors start to make you feel violently ill. Your contact lenses cause your eyes to burn and water uncontrollably. Trace amounts of mold on other people’s clothing cause you to become unable to hold a thought or get it from your brain to your mouth during an everyday conversation. The life you once knew is gone and you have become a prisoner of unexplainable and severe allergies and sensitivities. In this new life you can no longer shop or visit friends in their homes because there are too many chemicals and fragrances there. You become plagued by one mystery infection after another and no doctor or specialist seems to be able to give you any explanation of what’s causing your terrifying symptoms. Depression sets in and becomes your constant companion as you try to cope with the stress of being sick and of struggling to live within your newfound limitations. “Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage and Hope” is the story of one woman’s journey through a battle to reclaim her life and overcome depression caused by an exposure to toxic mold in her workplace.
|My review from 2015.
I bought this book out of interest as I suffer with intolerances to dairy and caffeine, but was unprepared as to the depth of suffering poor Kathryn Chastain Treat has undergone over the last 12 years and is in fact still undergoing, albeit thankfully on a much improved level nowadays.
The multiple allergies she suffers from at their worst debilitated her to the extent where loved ones visiting her house had to cover themselves in special suits so that any moulds or chemicals on their clothing did not provoke a potentially life-threatening reaction in Kathryn. She had to live apart from her husband in a specially chemical –free house, and undergo hours and hours of energy-sapping testing and medical procedures. Family life suffered, although Kathryn’s husband Rick has obviously been a tower of strength and support for her.
Kathryn’s indomitable will to live and to eventually recover from her allergies stands her in good stead. She wants so desperately to be ‘normal’ again and to have a proper family life. Some of the pages are quite heart-breaking to read.
I take my hat off to this lady; what an amazing woman!