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Laurie Edwards is a writer and writing consultant whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Glamour, and many online and print outlets. Her first book, Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties, was named one of 2008’s Best Consumer Health Books by Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly called her “wise, generous, and a terrific storyteller.”
The Wall Street Journal called her second book, In The Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America, “an informative primer on chronic illness.” Booklist gave it a starred review, calling it “An indispensable book for anyone with or concerned about chronic disease, and everyone interested in the health professions,” Kirkus Reviews called it “well researched” and “A timely call to action on a global health problem,” and Library Journal described it as “Carefully researched, well written, and accessible.”
Most recently, Booklist named In the Kingdom of the Sick an Editor’s Choice for Adult Books, 2013.
She’s a lifelong patient, and first began writing about chronic illness in young adults in 2006 for her blog, A Chronic Dose. As an advocate, writer, and frequent speaker for patients with chronic illness, she believes foremost that the many universals of life with illness transcend specific symptoms and diagnoses.
She teaches writing for the health sciences at Northeastern University and is the Director of the Writing in the Disciplines program. She lives outside Boston, MA.