Preface . . .
We live in a society whereby there is an astounding increase in what is known as ‘the invisible disorders.’ We may be living with one or more of them ourselves, or perhaps it could be our parent, our child, our grandchild or the person working at the desk beside us. These hidden, or not so hidden disorders are a part of our modern-day life, symptoms of hereditary, dietary, metabolic or chemical unbalances in the body – yet they exist and are very real for the person who lives daily with any of them.
There are many people silently suffering as a result. They are walking through life feeling lost, unsupported, misunderstood and alone; yet there is hope in acceptance and inclusion. There is hope when we give these disorders a voice, a name, a face and a place in society. The collection within these pages are voices, names and faces; the accounts of real people by real people. They either live with a disorder or have been deeply touched by knowing someone who does.
It is with my profound thanks to all the contributors, for opening themselves up, with the willingness to share these experiences with the world. “You Have a Name.”
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A special thanks to the following contributors: Brenda-Lee Ranta, Jackie Chou, Mahinour Tawfik, C.J. Clark, Amanda J. Evans, A.M. Torres, Maggie Mae, Markus Fleischmann, Ken Allan Dronsfield, Shelly Buttenhoff Miller, Steve Lay, Cory Costantino, Dawn Van Leeuwen, Don Beukes, Leigha Beltrame Markon, Justin R. Hart, Karla Botha, Kelly Jadon, Krista Vowell Clark, Lynne Reeder, Nicole Metts, Sagar Singh, William Wright, Jr., Lyne Beringer, Alayna Lauver, Ann Christine Tabaka, Carolyn Gutierrez-Abanggan, Hugh Dysart, Barbara Suen, Christa Frazee, Kathy-Lynn Cross, Jessica Trudel, Jez Rico Cuenta, Nicole Metts, Renee Kline, Sandra Orellana, Lynn White, Linsey Matthews, Billy Charles Root, Lilly Moore, Linda M. Crate, John Walker, D.B. Hall, Fatima Afshan, Mark Andrew Heathcote, Jyotirmaya Thakur, Susan E. Birch, Veronique Ginglo-Robert, Sandra Kramer, Tara Phillips, and Kelly Klein.