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My Body of Knowledge:

Stories of Chronic Illness, Disability, Healing and Life 

What does it feel like to live with a chronic illness or disability? How does it feel from the inside?

My Body of Knowledge is a collection of personal essays, poetry and fiction that accesses the wealth of insight and knowledge that people with disabilities have - simply from living in their bodies.

My Body of Knowledge includes 34 pieces of writing from both new and established authors, including Molly Ivins, Floyd Skloot and Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.  Honest, raw, humorous and poignant, the writing captures experiences of those with cancer, Crohn's disease, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, muscular dystrophy, Lyme disease, repetitive strain injury, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and other conditions.

About the Publisher

Cracked Bell Publishing was established in 2008 as a small publisher for books that speak about living with chronic illness and disability.  Its founder, Karen Myers, was diagnosed with FSH muscular dystrophy (facioscapulohumeral dystrophy) at the age of 13 and has written many essays about her experience of living with, and accepting, this disease.

Karen established Cracked Bell Publishing as a way to lessen the sense of isolation that often accompanies people with a disability or chronic illness, and to help others understand our experience.  She hopes to support those who are living with illness and build a bridge of understanding to family members, colleagues and friends.