Book Review: Ripples from the Edge of Life by Roland Chesters
I thought I was well informed about HIV and AIDS until I read Roland Chester’s well written and informative memoir “Ripples from the Edge of Life.”
Roland also made me question how I would react if I was told I only had a short time left on this good Earth?
If, out of the blue, you were given just two weeks to live, how would you feel? What would you do? How would you prepare for the end? Who would you tell – and how?
This was the terrible position Roland Chesters found himself in in the late summer of 2006. He knew he was seriously ill – but had no idea he had both HIV and AIDS.
Luckily, Roland did not die. Expert medical help and his own determination not to give in saw him through. His life, though, had changed forever…
Ripples From the Edge of Life is Roland’s account of a life-changing diagnosis and its impact on him and those closest to him. More than a memoir, Roland’s story is not unique; ripples spread outwards, and this empowering collection gives voice to fourteen others who have survived similar traumatic diagnoses.
This book contains wisdom, hope, humour and inspiration in equal measure. It is an essential read for anyone living with a life-changing condition, and for those who support them.
Roland Chesters had been feeling unwell for some time, when he was diagnosed with HIV and AIDS in 2006. He had a monogamous relationship with his partner Richard, and had only one previous partner. His diagnosis was life changing.
In “Ripples,” he takes his readers on a journey through his diagnosis and treatment, his struggles to continue full time work as a language testing specialist, the effects of treatment on his mental, emotional and physical well being, and his work in empowering others with chronic illness.
He includes statements from both Richard and his friends, as well as stories from both men and women who are living and thriving despite HIV.
I found this book to be very enlightening on the challenges of those diagnosed with HIV, the progress in treatment plans, the support groups that help plan a way forward, the myths and stigma that still persist in society, who to tell and who perhaps not to tell…
It is a book to be read slowly as it provides much food for thought. Highly Recommended.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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