Book of the Week 11/10/14


Just because certain disabilities aren’t apparent to the naked eye don’t mean they are nonexistent. Those who love and care for others with “invisible disabilities” on a daily basis face as many challenges as those with “visible” challenges.

Thirty-five essays written by adults and loved ones diagnosed with autism, various types of mental illnesses, fetal alcohol syndrome, OCD, ADHD, and other hidden disabilites are compiled in Easy to Love but Hard to Live With: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories (Volume 2) by Tricia Bliven-Chasinoff, MA and Lisa Davis, MPH (DRT Press, 2014).

Easy to Love but Hard to Live With gives readers a better understanding of those diagnosed with unseen afflictions and those who care for them through in-depth giving us peeks into their minds, hearts and souls through each essay.

Other parts of this book feature Ken Davis discussing NLD (Nonverbal Learning Disorder) and high autism spectrum disorders; co-author Lisa Davis interviews actor Henry Winkler, who was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia in his early 30’s, and Lisa’s own story of being raised by a hypersensitive mother to the world around her. When Lisa began exhibiting similar characteristics, she was able to identify with her mother’s issues.

Easy to Love but Hard to Live With is not only an excellent read for those with not-so-obvious disabilities, but also the general reading public. I summed up one feeling while reading many essays and other parts of this book: compassion. We can all learn something from the contents of Easy to Love but Hard to Live With.


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