Heden ik (Today I) is a book by Renate Dorrestein.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
The writer was affected a few years ago by the chronic illness myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). The main symptoms of this disease, for which there is currently little medical knowledge, are abnormal muscle weakness, great exhaustion at even the slightest physical exercise and concentration and memory loss.
In "Today I" the writer describes - after initially having the severity of her illness denied - her journey with various doctors and quacks, with their multitude of therapies and medications and the lack of understanding for her disease. But above all it is the story of the daily fight that the successful writer waged against her illness. Despite the seriousness of the subject, the book is written with humor and laughter.