Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine by: Michele Lent Hirsch

 E4865123-1AF0-41D9-B530-8003B1E9D5BBInvisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure To Seem Just Fine

By Michele Lent Hirsch 

Summary: Nonfiction account of the difficulties young women face when they have serious health conditions. Chapters cover intimate relationships, working, friendships, navigating health professionals, motherhood and body image. 

Favorite: Talks about young women from lots of different cultural, racial, sexual backgrounds. Because the author focuses the book on the challenges young women, not all women, face I’m glad she incorporated diversity in other areas. 

A Look Through The Door: I picked up this book because I thought it would help me to understand better the challenges young women face when they are experiencing health issues. However, I really struggled with feeling any empathy. If I try really hard to think of something I can take away from this book, I think it would be to not be so concerned about what others think and how it is best if we don’t judge others. I think I can also really watch how I am around others and not say things or ask questions that might cause others to feel less than me because of something they are going through. One of the things that bothered me so much about the book was how sensitive some of the women were. Yes, there were examples that would justify hurt feelings but often times I felt the women were being to sensitive. I thought a lot about that reaction and talked with some people who do experience health challenges and they agreed with me. But I recognize that since the author wrote this book that some women must experience that sensitivity and I can work to be more aware of it. 

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