Reviews for Easy for You to Say : Q and As for Teens Living With Chronic Illness or Disability

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 January

Gr 8 Up--Written in a frank style, this volume continues to address teen concerns in a question/comment-and-answer format. As in the 2005 edition, the material is organized into eight topical chapters, including family relationships; doctors and medical issues; friends and dating; school and work; alcohol, drugs, and medications; sexuality; recreation; and transitions. The chapter on sexuality remains the longest; in it, the author responds to concerns about heterosexual relationships, homosexuality, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. The questions/comments come from teens Kaufman met while researching the book, from her patients, and from colleagues. Many of questions/comments are carried over from the earlier edition, with new ones added. Some of the answers from the second edition have been condensed here. Kaufman approaches the material positively and sensitively. While she refers to Canadian practices, the book still applies to U.S. teens. The appendix contains extensive charts on medications and their side effects, and drug interactions. A new chart covers medications and skin sensitivity to the sun. This updated edition will be a helpful resource for teens who may at first be reticent to take these types of questions/comments to adults. The work also provides professionals in the field of medicine valuable insights into the concerns of disabled and ill teenagers.--Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH

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VOYA Reviews 2006 June
Adolescence is fraught with insecurity. Questions about appearance, peer pressure, and self-identity often plague young adults throughout high school. Imagine these feelings of fragility and doubt exacerbated and complicated by a chronic illness such as Crohn's disease, hemophilia, lupus, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, or AIDS. Kaufman, a medical doctor, gives forthright answers to some tough questions postulated by teenagers with chronic disease. In eight chapters divided by subjects such as Family Relationships, School and Work, Alcohol, Drugs and Medications, and Sexuality, Kaufman briefly introduces each topic and then uses a straightforward question-and-answer approach to actual patient queries. Kaufman provides direct, honest answers to questions, offering factual medical information as well as suggestions for coping with difficulties. For example, a young male confined to a wheelchair, now uncomfortable with female relatives bathing and dressing him, is encouraged to ask his father for help. A young woman with an ostomy bag worries about sexual relations, and a young man is concerned about erectile dysfunction; solutions are offered to both This book provides an invaluable service to chronically ill teens in that it answers tough questions involving common, everyday life problems. The explicit answers and frank suggestions for improving situations provide a wealth of information. In addition, this book offers insight and information to family members and friends. The glossary, charts, and resources provided contain excellent information. Due to mature questions about sex, drugs, and alcohol, this book is best suited for high school students.-Rachelle Bilz Glossary. Index. Charts. Further Reading. Appendix. 5Q 2P S Copyright 2006 Voya Reviews.