Chronic Pain Book Review: Encounters with the Invisible

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • I’ve read a lot of books about fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, but none have touched me like Dorothy Wall’s Encounters with the Invisible: Unseen Illness, Controversy and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Although the book is a very intimate account of Wall’s experiences with chronic fatigue syndrome, you will relate to it equally as well if you have fibromyalgia, Gulf War syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, or any of a number of chronic and controversial invisible illnesses. 

    Wall is gifted with extraordinary descriptive abilities.  You don’t just read about her illness; you experience it with her.  She describes her deepest personal emotions and frustrations in such a way that you’ll find yourself thinking, “That’s exactly how I feel.”  More than one reviewer (including myself) has described Encounters with the Invisible as the best book of its kind they’ve ever read.

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    Now this winner of the 2007 Sand Castles Author & Book of the Year Award from P.A.N.D.O.R.A. is also available in Spanish.  You can order the English version from and the Spanish version from 

    Read my full review of Encounters with the Invisible, complete with excerpts from my interview with the author. 

    I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.


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Published On: July 14, 2008