Are you considering becoming a mom? Can your body handle a pregnancy? What questions should you ask your doctor? What kind of needs will your household have? Do you think you can handle being an “ill parent”? What about when the child comes along and you have a bad day physically? Laurie answers all of this and much more in a practical way. Even if you are a mom, you will nod in agreement to much of what she says and maybe pick up a tip or two from her parenting experience so far.
Laurie Edwards is a thirty-two-year-old writer, professor, and mother. She’s lived with chronic illnesses her whole life, including PCD (primary ciliary dyskinesia), a rare, genetic lung disease, bronchiectasis, celiac disease, thyroid disease, and more.
Edwards’ passion is advocating for young adults with chronic illness. She blogs at www.achronicdose.com, where she has written extensively about topics relevant to the younger adult community like employment, education, relationships, infertility, pregnancy, and parenting when you have chronic illness. With a full workload and a busy toddler, she’s figuring out how to balance her health needs with the rest of her life.
Her first book, Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties (Walker), was a 2008 Best Consumer Health Book, and Publisher’s Weekly called her “wise, generous, and a terrific storyteller.” Her second book, In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America (Walker), will be published in April 2013.
She received her BA from Georgetown University, her MFA in Nonfiction from Emerson College, and teaches writing for the health sciences at Northeastern University.
Laurie’s book: Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties and In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America (forthcoming, April 2013)