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eBook Patient: The true story of a rare illness ePub

by Ben Watt

  • ISBN: 0670870412
  • Category: Music
  • Subcategory: Photo and Art
  • Author: Ben Watt
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (1996)
  • Pages: 177
  • ePub book: 1496 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1380 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 808

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Patient is the rare sort of book that allows you to feel with the author-from fear to helplessness and ultimately acceptance and . Still only twenty-nine, Watt had developed a rare life-threatening disease that initially baffled doctors.

Patient is the rare sort of book that allows you to feel with the author-from fear to helplessness and ultimately acceptance and triumph. Watt’s romantic imagination survives the beating his body and mind took as a result of his illness but what really keeps Patient going is the way he injects those desperate months with humor and insight.

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Born in 1962, Benn Watt is a musician, songwriter, and DJ. He is also an acclaimed author; his most recent book is the memoir Romany and Tom. He is perhaps most well-known for his twenty-year career in alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl (1982-2002). He is an international club and radio DJ, and since 2003 has run his own independent record labels Buzzin’ Fly and Strange Feeling.

Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness (Unabridged). Publisher Description. In the summer of 1992, on the eve of an American tour, Ben Watt, one half of the Billboard-topping pop duo Everything but the Girl, was taken to a London hospital complaining of chest pain. He didn't leave for two and a half months. Watt had developed a rare, life-threatening disease that initially baffled doctors. By the time he was allowed home, his ravaged body was 46 pounds lighter, and he was missing most of his small intestine. The result is a provocative and affecting memoir about life, illness, and survival.

Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness. In 1992, Ben Watt, a member of the band Everything But The Girl, contracted a rare life-threatening illness that baffled doctors and required months of hospital treatment and operations. This is the story of his fight for survival and the effect it had on him and those nearest him. 'In the summer of 1992, on the eve of a trip to America, I was taken to a London hospital with bad chest pain and stomach pains. They kept me in for two and half months

It is a truly amazing and rare book, a poetic and unsentimental look at life threatening illness. In 1992, Watt nearly died after a rare disease was discovered which required the removal of 3/4 of his lower intestine.

It is a truly amazing and rare book, a poetic and unsentimental look at life threatening illness. At the time, Watt was well known in Britain as one half of Everything But the Girl, a jazzy acoustic band he created with longtime love Tracey Thorn. 1563 (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1563.

Watt's first memoir Patient - The True Story of a Rare Illness (Penguin, 1996) describes his life-changing ordeal with Churg-Strauss syndrome (Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis), a rare life-threatening.

Watt's first memoir Patient - The True Story of a Rare Illness (Penguin, 1996) describes his life-changing ordeal with Churg-Strauss syndrome (Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis), a rare life-threatening auto-immune disease with which he was diagnosed and hospitalized in 1992, on the eve of a North American tour with Everything But The Girl.

His first book, Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, voted a Sunday Times Book of the Year by William Boyd and shortlisted for the Esquire Non-fiction Book of the Year. He is perhaps most well known for his twenty-year career in alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl (1982–2002). He is also an international club and radio DJ, and since 2003 has run his own independent record labels Buzzin' Fly and Strange Feeling. Having recently returned to songwriting and live performance, his first solo album for thirty years is expected in 2014.

Ben Watt is one half of the pop group "Everything But The Girl", and was recently struck down by a rare, life-threatening illness called Churg-Strauss Syndrome. It attacked his bowel, leaving it badly diseased and irreparably damaged. In this book, Watt describes all the traumatic events. Partly a medical story, it's also an account of Watt's relationship with his partner, Tracey Thorn, and with his family.

Comments

Hra Hra
I had to get this book to read it because I was recently diagnosed with the same rare disorder, although mine has presented with different sets of symptoms. Thank goodness I have not fallen as seriously ill as Ben Watt! He recounts his journey through the mystery of the diagnosis, the horrible ordeal of nearly dying from the necrotic bowel, several surgeries and the long and agonizingly slow recovery. It is a touching tale and at so many points I felt such a kinship and understanding from recognizing in myself similar emotions, fears, stress-- from a frightening and out-of-control kind of experience one can have when you unexpectedly wind up in the hospital, for reasons you first don't understand. Ben writes and tells things like it is; truthful and unvarnished, at times, painfully messy, but eloquent none the less. Things have come a long way, medically speaking, for treatment of this disease, even though the base treatment medication has not changed. I learned a lot of differences in the way healthcare works in the UK vs how we have come to expect things here in the States in 2017.
Overall, it was a quick and easy read, in spite of the epic journey for him that it was. He describes his interactions with his family, doctors and nurses and various people and roles as they move through the story in a poignant way; and it makes you realize how much these simple social interactions during times of crisis can affect you. This is a truly human experience that makes you appreciate things about living in a way you never really thought about before. It was a hopeful journey with a happy ending and it provided hope for me too, that I will also overcome the initial hardships of treatment and recovery, with time, patience and care.
Yananoc Yananoc
I fell in love with Everything But The Girl from their first US release, "The Language Of Life". I first read Mr. Watt's book in hardback when it was released in 1996, and was amazed that "Amplified Heart", a brilliant album, was a direct result of the fact that he faced such a grave illness. I saw them on that tour, and knew he had lost weight - there were rumors about an illness at the time - but never knew what he had faced until I read the book. I recently purchased the Kindle version of the book, having given my earlier copy to my brother to read; it now resides at his house. Reading it again, I am amazed at how well this book stood up in my memory. Congratulations on your continued success as a solo artist and writer, alongside Tracey's successes as well.
Fenrinos Fenrinos
This book is a medical memoir of sorts - it's Ben Watt's telling us what he experienced at the young age of 29 when he endured a lengthy hospital stay for a rare autoimmune disease.

Ben goes on to tell us about his various symptoms prior to his hospitalizations such as asthma and allergies, both of which could be explained away as something normal. As his symptoms worsened and his health deteriorated to the point he could not function, he could no longer ignore what was happening and he went to multiple doctors and finally he was rushed to a hospital.

One of the interesting things is what he went through to finally get a diagnosis. I myself have a serious autoimmune disease and I found myself shaking my head in empathy as various illness and ailments are ruled out before they finally came to the right conclusion. These autoimmune problems mimic so many other diseases and are pretty rare, so they often take months if not years to diagnose properly.

What Ben Watt does very well is describe the isolation and fear the one experiences during a lengthy hospital stay and the pain and lack of dignity one suffers from continual intrusive and traumatic medical tests and procedures. Particularly tough when one's problem involves their digestive system and their bowels which was true in Mr. Watt's case. He was a young 29 year old who was suddenly thrust into the land of the ill; a place usually inhabited by the elderly and decrepit. His sense of isolation and disorientation was palpable.

Recommended. I think it does a real service when people who have gone through something like this can so beautifully articulate their experience.
ChallengeMine ChallengeMine
Ben Watt, one half of the band Everything But the Girl, outlines a terrifying illness experience that left him hospitalized for an extended period of Rhine and changed his life dramatically. Important read for anyone who wants to know health care from a patient perspective or a story of triumph against difficult odds.
Bragis Bragis
The fact that Watt's story lacks a significant plot (outside of the onset, diagnosis, and treatment of his rare condition) is largely forgivable. For those of us who know Watt primarily as a musician/songwriter, the somewhat static storyline here is acceptable. All that's missing from "Patient" is Everything But The Girl's enlightening bed of music to be heard under Ben's delicately articulated prose. Typical of many great songs, Watt occasionally blurs the line between the first- and third-person narration, and "Patient" is better off for it. Perhaps even better than the great writing, though, is the genuine and intimate portal into the lives of Ben and Tracey rarely afforded to EBTG fans. It's a relatively short read, but each page gives plenty to be absorbed as the result of Ben's crafty alliteration and his uncensored, yet careful, approach to the fog of medical lexicon. Not for the weak of heart--or stomach--Watt's book exacts distinct feelings of sobriety and contemplation...with an ending portrait that expertly convey's his trademark understated hope.
Perius Perius
My 14 year old son was diagnosed with Wegener's GPA (a form of Vasculitis related to Churg-Strauss) and spent 21 days in the hospital recovering from kidney failure. So much of this book resonated with me and I was just a bystander to the horror. My son has been in remission almost 3 years but we still live every day not knowing when the disease may come back and where it will attack. I bought a copy of this book for my son to read. I hope he does and I'm grateful to Mr. Watts for writing it.