First Five-Star Review by Readers’ Favorite 

In Managing Major Chronic Diseases: Advice From a Patient by Alexis Dupree, readers will learn how to cope and live with illnesses in a manner that will have a better effect on their lives. Illnesses are hard enough to deal with, so finding ways to manage every aspect of each problem can have a lasting, positive impact on your life. Don’t wait until the last minute or until things get too bad to tell your doctor about symptoms or to visit the ER. It is extremely important not to let depression get the better of you and to learn everything possible about your illness from every resource available.

I love the extensive information in Managing Major Chronic Diseases by Alexis Dupree. This short guide is full of relevant information concerning the way a patient responds to and copes with illnesses. It is written from the patient’s perspective with timely advice that is useful in medical situations. I enjoyed the way Dupree explained ways to handle illnesses and then used personal experience to reinforce the point being made. Although Dupree points out that she is not a medical professional, the information in this book will help you to interact and be prepared for doctor visits. I recommend Managing Major Chronic Diseases to anyone who is suffering from a long-term illness or knows someone who is. I hope Dupree decides to write more books like this from personal experiences with chronic issues that will help others feel like they are not alone and discover new ways to cope with the problems they are facing.

—Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers’ Favorite

Second Five-Star Review by Readers’ Favorite

Managing Major Chronic Diseases: Advice from a Patient by Alexis
Dupree is a candid and insightful guide for individuals facing the
challenges of living with major chronic diseases. The author, who
herself has battled multiple major chronic conditions, shares her
personal journey and offers valuable advice for managing these
illnesses effectively and maintaining a positive attitude. The book is
presented as a beacon of hope for those who feel overwhelmed by
chronic diseases. Alexis’s emphasis on changing one’s attitude,
redefining life goals, and creating a practical game plan for
managing diseases is particularly empowering. Her
acknowledgment of the challenges that patients face, including
dealing with symptoms, others’ reactions, and the impact on work
and daily life, provides a holistic perspective on the subject. The
book’s practical advice is the highlight, with tactics such as learning
about the disease, treating medical professionals with respect, and
managing the disease effectively.

Alexis Dupree’s personal and humorous anecdotes add a relatable
touch to the book, making it more engaging and inspiring. The short
and concise format is a positive aspect, ensuring that readers can
easily absorb valuable information without being overwhelmed. The
author’s message that survival is a matter of attitude and
determination is empowering and provides hope for individuals
living with major chronic illnesses. Managing Major Chronic
Diseases is recommended for patients, caregivers, and anyone
seeking guidance on how to navigate life with chronic diseases.
After suffering from chronic diseases for many years, I found
Alexis’s book to be refreshing and unique, beautifully written, and a
pleasure to read.

—Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers’ Favorite

Review From a Reader 

While I don’t have any chronic diseases, I know several people who do and I found this little book chock full of excellent information – the chart to list all of your medical information was especially helpful. Dupree writes clearly with a good sense of humor. Because her advice is based on actual experiences she’s had, it always rings true. If you deal with a (or several) chronic disease and are flummoxed about how to deal with it, this book is for you. If you know someone who deals with chronic illness, buy a copy for them. They’ll thank you for it.

—Romriter, 5.0 out of 5 stars, Extremely Helpful

Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal: 5 Steps for Successful Recovery Even If You Have Complications

Review by MidWest Book Review

Synopsis: Sometimes it seems that everybody is having knee replacement surgery these days. Ask anyone who’s had the surgery how miraculous its results are — no more of the excruciating pain and limited mobility of osteoarthritis. The only problem was that surgery and recovery could be incredibly painful.
Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal—5 Steps for Successful Recovery Even If You Have Complications by journalist Alexis Dupree (who was 61 when she found herself joining the knee replacement community) explains the methods used by someone who’s had many different surgeries, including knee replacement—and uses to prepare for and recover from surgeries successfully.

The advice portion of Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal is deliberately short and concise, focusing on what patients need to know for preparing for knee replacement surgery and managing their recovery. Not being a medical professional, Dupree does not provide information about osteoarthritis or the structure of the knee. Rather she discusses topics she herself has found helpful in making surgeries, specifically knee replacement surgery, go well.

Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal also explains the benefits of adopting the right attitude toward surgery and provides pragmatic planning information for both the surgery and recovery. It also answers frequently asked questions about the surgery.
Included are detailed checklists for researching doctors; rehabilitation centers (if needed); physical therapy centers; insurance information; and preparation for surgery, which includes setting up one’s home, choosing the right attire for the hospital, and acquiring the necessary equipment or other accessories before the surgery.

Critique: A recovery journal allows readers to keep a day-to-day journal of their recovery, Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal is a unique, ‘real world practical’, impressively informative, and thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ instructional reference book that is unreservedly recommended for anyone contemplating knee surgery and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Health/Medicine collections.

—Midwest Book Review

Five-Star Review by Readers’ Favorite

Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal: 5 Steps for Successful Recovery Even If You Have Complications: Practical Advice from a Patient by Alexis Dupree is a useful guide that provides practical advice from a patient’s point of view on how to prepare for and recover from knee replacement surgery, even if there are complications. The book discusses the key factors about knee replacement surgery, how to prepare for the surgery and recovery, how to adopt the right attitude, to do the right thing, and living with the new knee. There is no magical solution in this book about surviving and recovering from the surgery, but it helps one to prepare and recover.

The author handles the topic extensively and methodically and shows how the surgery has helped her to maintain a reasonable quality of life. It will encourage patients and keep them motivated before going for surgery. The book gives a lot of positive messages to patients and teaches them to be survivors and adopt the right attitude. The author’s personal advice and tips are helpful and can be tried out during the recovery phase. It is a must-have for all those who are planning to undergo knee replacement surgery, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, and everyone dealing with a knee replacement patient. The techniques to take care of the body after surgery are helpful and will help patients live happily with their new knee. The book gives awareness and hope to all patients recovering from surgery and to all those who are going to have knee replacement surgery.

—Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

From a Physical Therapist

… a humorous but accurate depiction of the trials and triumphs of knee replacement surgery and living with your new knee.

—Pat Ercole, physical therapist

From a User

On October 20, 2016, I had a total replacement of my left knee. Four months later I received a draft of this book. Although I offered a few comments, most of what I needed to know was already included. However, I also found several suggestions that guided me through the next few months and I spent a good deal of my reading time saying, “I wish I had known that.”

If you’re a candidate for joint replacement, do it. Yes, it’s painful. Yes, it means a reorganization of your life and habits. But it’s worth it. And if you go into surgery well prepared knowing what you will face and having a plan for dealing with the inconveniences and discomforts, you’ll come out the other side as a conqueror, with many years of good joint health ahead of you.

And this book will help. Read it. Set aside any ideas you see as ridiculous—but in a place where you can access them, just in case you need them. Take a deep breath, set the date, acquire the equipment you’ll need, and begin the adventure that you will look back on as a triumph.

—V. Hartman DiSanto, author of young adult fantasy and science fiction