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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Graceful Agony: An Intimate Memoir of Living with Fibro & Chronic Fatigue is a heart-wrenching memoir by Debra Morgan. Living with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, Morgan takes us on an intimate journey of how the disease has transformed her life. Raised by her grandmother and feeling unwanted by her parents, she suffered from childhood trauma and had a long history of illness as a child. In her early twenties, she had two kids and became a single mother a few years later. She got married in 2000 and moved with her family to Arizona. Constantly feeling exhausted and sick, she couldn’t work. After several medical tests, she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. She was also diagnosed with epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and other blood disorders. After several trips to specialists, she was ultimately diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This means she has to cope with constant pain and discomfort but is determined to live gracefully.
Debra Morgan’s Graceful Agony is an inspiring book written to bring more awareness about fibromyalgia and support others afflicted with the disease so they will not feel isolated and alone. What stands out about this memoir is the honesty and determination of Morgan to shed light on the challenges of living with this disease and to cope with the pain and discomfort graciously. Drawing from personal experience, the story is credible and impactful. It’s also timely and relevant because fibromyalgia is a chronic disease affecting millions. I highly recommend this memoir to anyone with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue or those who want to understand this disease better.