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I like how the author intertwined personal experience with her own research into her condition, and self experimentation. It made the book easy to listen to, and engaging both at a personal level and an intellectual level.
As a fellow ME/CFS patient I was aware of Julie's work online before reading this, especially her part in the PACE trial controversy. However, I did not know most of her story and this is compellingly told in Through the Shadowlands, which she reads herself, interspersing autobiographical detail with a wider perspective on the illness, attitudes towards it, ME/CFS doctors and the colourful patient community.
Her voice took a little getting used to but I grew to love its intimacy and was really rooting for her by the end. Her dog, Frances, is a constant companion and the other star of the book.
If you have ME/CFS or know someone who does, or just like an inspiring story of a woman's struggle to heal herself and find answers, Through the Shadowlands is a wonderful and informative read.
Thank you, Julie, for writing it, and for your continuing work on behalf of the ME/CFS community.
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