My Leaky Body: Tales from the Gurney by Julie DevaneyMy Leaky Body: Tales from the Gurney by Julie Devaney

My Leaky Body: Tales from the Gurney

byJulie Devaney

Paperback | September 21, 2012

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Her weakest moment spawned a crusade for change. Julie Devaney takes on a journey through the health care system as she is diagnosed and treated for ulcerative colitis. In and out of emergency rooms in Vancouver and Toronto, she's poked, prodded, and abandoned to a closet at one point, bearing the helplessness and indignities of a system that seems hell-bent on victimizing the sick.

Raw, harrowing, and darkly funny, My Leaky Body argues convincingly for fixes to the system and better training for all medical personnel. As she recovers, she sets out to do just that: setting up a gurney on stage at workshops and conferences across the country to teach Bedside Manners 101 and to advocate for repairs to the system.

Part memoir, part love story, part revolutionary manifesto, My Leaky Body is politicially astute, 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.

Julie Devaney is a patient-expert in the fields of disability rights advocacy and health care delivery. She is the author of the critically acclaimed show and educational workshop series My Leaky Body, which she has performed at medical schools, nursing conferences, disability and women's studies conferences, arts festivals, and theatr...
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Title:My Leaky Body: Tales from the GurneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8 × 6.02 × 0.83 inPublished:September 21, 2012Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864926766

ISBN - 13:9780864926760

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for all health care professionals. In this sometimes funny, sometimes angry, always poignant work, Devaney points out the holes in the Canadian health care system. As a doctor, I would recommend this to all who are, or aspire to be, health care professionals - and to anyone who is a patient with a major illness. Irreverent? - perhaps. Accurate? - I'm afraid so.
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent, a must read for people with IBD and their families My Leaky Body is a wonderful book about a woman with bowel disease. I can’t tell you how nice it is to read this and keep saying oh my god, I had the same thing happen to me. This has never happened. If you have IBD you need to read this, you will never feel alone again. It brings out relief, fear, and sadness.
Date published: 2014-02-25

Editorial Reviews

Her weakest moment spawned a crusade for change. Julie Devaney takes on a journey through the health care system as she is diagnosed and treated for ulcerative colitis. In and out of emergency rooms in Vancouver and Toronto, she's poked, prodded, and abandoned to a closet at one point, bearing the helplessness and indignities of a system that seems hell-bent on victimizing the sick. Raw, harrowing, and darkly funny, My Leaky Body argues convincingly for fixes to the system and better training for all medical personnel. As she recovers, she sets out to do just that: setting up a gurney on stage at workshops and conferences across the country to teach Bedside Manners 101 and to advocate for repairs to the system. Part memoir, part love story, part revolutionary manifesto, My Leaky Body is politicially astute, 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 amazing and cutting edge. Julie is courageous to engage in this type of work which is testing the boundaries of traditional scientific approaches to health care research. Julie's performance work is vulnerable, touching, deep and real. It is reflective of how our current health care system can at times be. I think it is a unique approach and creates a gut impact. If you are a practitioner, policy maker or a patient, you must see her performance." — J. Lapum, RN, PhD, University of Toronto