Book Reviews

In the August 14, 2000, edition of the Los Angeles Times, reviewer Jane E. Allen wrote, "In her sensitively written book based on her own experiences, Wells has produced a handbook for living and coping with chronic illness...She includes stories about patients forced to come to terms with illness and who redefine themselves..."

A Delicate Balance has been favorably reviewed by, among other organizations, the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, the Fibromyalgia Alliance of America, the Interstitial Cystitis Association, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, the Lupus Foundation of America, and the CFIDS Association of America.

Writing in the January/February 1999 issue of The CFIDS Chronicle, reviewer Margaret Auten called A Delicate Balance a "Serenity Prayer in book form." In addition, a number of individuals have written to express their appreciation. Some representative comments/reviews follow.

"You have done more to lift my spirits with your book than I could explain. It started me on a path of self-exploration and healing, and I have never been better pleased with myself. I may never heal my body, but I will be the best person I can be, and your book encouraged me."
Mary, a grateful reader

"'Chronic illness doesn't come with an instruction manual,'" begins Susan Milstrey Wells in the introduction to A Delicate Balance, Living Successfully with Chronic Illness. This new book, however, comes pretty close."
Quoted from a review by The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation

"I wish this book had been available when I was first diagnosed. It is the perfect addition to anyone's bookshelf whether they have a chronic illness or know and love someone who does."

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The following are excerpts from a review by Jack Rightmyer that appeared in the August 16, 1998, edition of The Sunday Gazette (Schenectady, NY).

"There are millions of people currently living with chronic and largely invisible illnesses...Many of these people feel powerless, but this new book by author Susan Milstrey Wells should bring them understanding and compassion, as well as much practical information on the care of the sick."

"The well-written book includes an excellent glossary of terms and diseases, along with a helpful resources section of support groups and volunteer opportunities, including phone numbers, addresses and Web sites."

"...the focus on individuals personalizes each disease and allows the reader to experience first hand what it might be like to suffer from such an illness."