Chocolate and Vicodin

Long ago now, author Jeannette Fulda sent me a copy of her memoir, Chocolate and Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn’t Go Away. I’ve written before about how sometimes it’s difficult for me to read other migraineurs’ blogs and books—sometimes their words are so close to home I don’t feel able to read their stories despite my appreciation for their willingness to share. I have such love and empathy for others who suffer from chronic illness, especially illness that involves debilitating pain and discomfort, but sometimes I don’t feel strong enough to read their stories in full.

So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I accepted Jeannette’s book. I put off reading it for a bit because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it and would then be in the awkward situation of having to let Jeannette know it wasn’t my cup of tea. (This is a common worry I have as a bookseller: I frequently meet and befriend authors, which makes it more exciting and a little more nerve-wracking to read their work!)

Thankfully, I really loved Jeannette’s book. Yes, it was sad and painfully honest at times; so many of the emotions and struggles she wrote about could have come directly out of my journal or yours. But her personality shines through on each page: she somehow remains funny and optimistic for much of her story, giving her tale a dose of levity that is much needed when writing about such an unrelenting health problem.

I’ve written before about how even informal attempts at bibliotherapy have allowed me to understand my own chronic illnesses better, especially migraine disease. Jeannette’s book made me feel comforted; I met a friend in the pages of her book and spent several hours hanging out with her,.

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