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*** This event will take place at 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor (Octopus Books in Centretown). It is wheelchair accessible. ***
Part memoir, part love story, part revolutionary pamphlet, this book is politically astute, personally leaky, gooey like cake batter and raw like ulcerated bowels. Devaney writes the book that will heal her aching heart and relax her strictured rectum as she weaves stories from professional and public interactions with tales from her gurney.
"My Leaky Body" is based on Julie experiences spending five years in and out of hospitals, propped up on operating tables and in bed in pain for weeks and sometimes months at a time. Initially diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, she underwent intense medical therapy before having her entire large intestine, her colon, removed. She has since been re-diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease .As a means of survival she wrote. From hospital beds, bath-tubs and of course, sitting on toilets, in rants and prose, the darkness and the hilarity of her leaky body. At the same time, she fantasized about a future time where she could tell her stories to health care professionals and patients alike.
Join us on Apr 16, to hear from Julie about this important book!
Julie Devaney is a health activist and patient-expert in the fields of disability rights advocacy and health care delivery. She is the author and performer of the critically acclaimed show, educational workshop series, and book, My Leaky Body. My Leaky Body was named one of Quill and Quire’s Top Five Non-fiction books of 2012. According to the National Post, “While this memoir is an uncompromisingly detailed account of one woman’s medical experiences, it acts as a sort of Everyman tome, a handbook on the rights of the patient to dictate their own path to wellness.”
Devaney was named a Woman Health Hero by Best Health Magazine in 2011 and has been profiled on CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art and The Current, Chatelaine and the Toronto Star. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life and numerous anthologies.
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