people with various maladies--multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease,
cancer, paraplegia--move in to a flat together. Life
"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."
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."
know if it's because I have MS, but I laughed, cheered, and
Sometimes all three in the same chapter."
"You don't have to be
sick to love this book."
"The book was simple, yet
"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
"As a cat lover, 'kitty'
was my favorite
part of a mighty fine book!"
About the Book
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 with cancer, and Bolton,
an athletic 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
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.
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
make 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.
Paul Lima has had MS for over 20 years, moving from relapsing remitting
MS to secondary progressive MS about five years ago. 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.
Chronic: A Sick Novel: 13-chapters; 48,000