Paul Lima
Non-fiction Author. Novelist.
Video Blogger. MS & NDPH* Warrior.

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A Sick Novel

"If this book were a movie, the cleaners would have to mop up buckets of tears. Of joy. Of laughter. And yes, of sadness. I'm lucky I had a box of tissues close by."

If you want to understand people who are chronically ill, or disabled, but are functional within their limitations, read on...

Paul and Deena are friends with MS and Parkinson's Disease respectively. They've found a wonderful flat renovated for people with disabilities, only they can't afford it. Enter Albert, a former nurse in remission from cancer, and Bolton, a former athlete who is now a paraplegic. They too look at the flat, and love it. But can't afford it. The solution? The four of them move in together. And life happens.

Paul, who has retired from motivational speaking, is motivated into accepting another talk, while working on his painting. Bolton, a former sprinter, tries out for the wheelchair racing team and wheelchair basketball team, while setting up his web design business. Deena, a former PhD student, needs help with her renovation business. Instead of helping to heal people, which he did as a nurse, Albert begins to help Deena heal houses.

Our main characters also have to sort out issues with former partners, some of whom have broken up on good terms and some on terms that were not so good, all while dealing with their maladies, and helping each other deal with their chronic issues. In short, illness does not end life, especially if you are determined to live as full a life as possible, despite your malady. And that is just what Paul, Deena, Albert and Bolton try their damnedest to do.

About the author
Paul Lima has had MS for over 20 years, moving from relapsing remitting MS to secondary progressive MS. He has been a professional writer all his healthy, and all his sick, life. It's been more difficult when ill, but it has just meant he has had to work harder at it.

Amazon UK: 9.75-pnd

GooglePlay: $US7.95
Kobo: $CND 7,95

Note:The free podcast, the full Chronic novel, is now available on Spotify. You don't need a paid Spotify subscription to listen to it. (The Chapter numbers are clearly marked but they don't appear in order, so follow the Chapter numbers!)
eBook* Kindle $US2.99 Kindle $Cnd3.88
Amazon UK: Kindle 2.25 pnd ePub $Cnd2.99
Google Books: ePub $4.25
Various Retailers: ePub ($vary) PDF $US2.95

* All prices subject to change. 

Chronic: A Sick Novel

Chronic Readers React...

"You cracked my heart, and then fixed it. Broke my heart, and then repaired it. Smashed my heart, but somehow left me feeling that it was fully mended."

"I don't know if it's because I have MS, but I laughed, cheered, and cried.
Sometimes all three in the same chapter."

"You don't have to be sick to love this book."

"The book was simple, yet profound and soul searching."

"I had to pause at the end of the final chapter, and have a good cry. Mostly tears of joy. Once composed, I read the epilogue. And damn it, if I was not in tears again."

"As a cat lover, 'kitty' was my favorite part of a mighty fine book!"

    * Multiple Sclerosis and New Daily Persistent Headache