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Encounters with the Invisible:
Unseen Illness, Controversy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Dorothy Wall
Afterword by Nancy Klimas, M.D.

Hi Friends,

I'm pleased to announce the release of the Spanish edition of Encounters with the Invisible, called by About.com "the best personal account of living with a chronic illness I have ever read," and winner of the "2007 Sand Castles Author & Book of the Year Award" from P.A.N.D.O.R.A. If you know of someone who would be interested, please pass this email along. And if you've always meant to order a copy in English, but haven't gotten to it, here's your chance!

* "Not only a wonderfully readable, beautifully detailed account of Dorothy Wall's experience of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but also an intelligent review of the history, science, and politics of the illness." Kathryn Montgomery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

* "Wall is gifted with extraordinary descriptive abilities. You don't just read about her illness; you experience it with her. You will relate to it equally as well if you have fibromyalgia, Gulf War Syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, or any one of a number of chronic and controversial illnesses. If you're looking for a book that will offer you comfort, encouragement and hope, this is the book for you." Karen Richards, About.com

* "A remarkable book that could help huge numbers of people." David Bell, M.D.

Order in English: Click to Buy

For more information, excerpts, interviews with the author, or a downloadable press packet, visit: www.dorothywall.com

More Praise for Encounters with the Invisible:

"Dorothy Wall has written the best personal exploration of CFS I've ever read. CFS is not an easy disease to describe, but her ability to tease out its manifestations--to make it come alive for the reader--is stunning. This is a book that should resonate throughout the CFS community for years to come. We are very lucky to have it."
Cort Johnson, www.phoenix-cfs.org/

"I cannot imagine a more eloquent or honest depiction of what [CFS/ME] is like. The beauty of the words, description, language in this book took my breath away. If you have a friend, or a coworker, or a boss, or a family member, who doesn't believe this is a `real' and very serious disease, you could not find a better book for them to read. I was enchanted, and could not stop reading until I finished."
Mary Schweitzer, Ph.D., www.co-cure.org/

"An important investigation of a little-understood illness with much to teach doctors and patients alike. General readers will find Dorothy Wall's personal story compelling as well as beautifully told." Lynne Sharon Schwartz, novelist and author of The Fatigue Artist

"A fascinating personal account and an intriguing view of the politics and science that influence how we perceive those with this illness. An important and vivid story." Leonard A. Jason, Professor of Psychology at DePaul University, and Director of the Center for Community Research

"I strongly recommend that every neuroendocrineimmune patient buy this book. Let's make it a bestseller. Let's send an email to every CFS (and fibro, too, as the illness overlaps) friend you have. Show it to your family members, your neighbors." Marly Silverman, President, Patient Alliance for Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders Organization for Research and Advocacy, Inc. (P.A.N.D.O.R.A.)

"I want to shove a copy of this book into the hands of every person with CFS and their families and friends--as well as every doubter and detractor, those who have failed to grasp or chosen to ignore the gravity of the illness and the profound life-altering difficulties it creates." Katrina Berne, clinical psychologist, author of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Other Invisible Disorders

"Dorothy Wall's riveting account of her experience of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) will provide companionship for those afflicted and serve as an eye-opener for those who are not." Anne Hunsaker Hawkins, Director, The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at Penn State's College of Medicine

"An important addition to the literature on this controversial subject, one from which both patients and healthcare providers will benefit." Library Journal (*Starred review)


Thank you for your support!

In health,