I have personally lived with M.E. for around 24 years now - and my partner was also diagnosed with CFS 9 years ago, plus he's in a worse condition than I am so to a great extent I'm looking after him. So I recognise everything and everyone in this story and I really enjoyed it. I laughed and my eyes teared up. I certainly empathised strongly with the main characters and the many and varied difficulties of their plight. 'Sick' is a delightful short read. Perhaps not the highest standard of writing but certainly excellently done for an author who is a fellow suffer and no doubt struggles with exhaustion and brain fog. The story is insightful but simply written, warm and fun rather than preachy or hard to understand medical jargon. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants/needs to understand this condition, as well as to anyone who lives with it.
by Beverley Coles
Glenn Doherty's novella, Sick, is a delightful romp through a devastating disease. If that sounds somewhat contradictory, it is. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is not a disease to be treated lightly, yet Doherty approaches it with penetrating wit, along with a good dose of realism. The characters in this brilliant novella suffer, yet they do not lose their humanity. Their lives follow a course that is absurd at times, tragic at others, but always hopeful in their determination to overcome a fate that is endured by all too many.
While Doherty's treatment of this subject departs significantly from the standard approach, which tends toward the pitiful, his humor should not be mistaken for frivolity. Doherty takes the illness seriously. His use of comedy merely serves to heighten the situation so many sufferers find themselves in - searching endlessly for the miracle cure, giving up, and then searching again. The novella's characters, in their refusal to be conquered, demonstrate to the rest of us what it means to be courageous.