Super Sick: MAKING PEACE
WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS
By: Allison Alexander
Superheroes aren't sick.
They don’t lie in bed all day because they’re in too much pain to get up. They don’t face the challenges of the chronically ill, which include socially inappropriate topics like mental illness, sex, and diarrhea. The latter, of course, would be exponentially worse in a spandex suit.
Allison Alexander, who has struggled with a chronic illness since she was a child, wants to see herself in her heroes and searches for examples of sick characters in pop culture. She weaves her own painful experiences with stories from other chronic sufferers, engaging with how society values healthiness, how doctors don’t always have answers, and how faith, friendship, and romance add pressure to already complicated situations. If you’re a fan of Marvel, Harry Potter, Final Fantasy, and other stories from pop culture, you may find some familiar references inside.
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Super Sick is available online from most major booksellers. You can also order it from your favourite local bookstore or request it from your library!
ISBN: 978-1-989423-11-0 (softcover)
978-1-989423-14-1 (large print softcover)
Publisher: Mythos & Ink
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 8.25″ (softcover), 5.5″ x 8.5″ (hardcover), 5.5″ x 8.5″ (large print softcover)
Allison is an earthbending bard from Hoth who loves other-worldly stories. After studying English and Publishing at university, she found her home in books, and now she writes and edits full time.
In her book Super Sick, Allison explores living with a chronic illness and how pop culture’s representation of disability perpetuates the stigmas associated with it. In her newsletter, INVISIBLE INK, she discusses writing and media from a disabled perspective. During chill time, Allison can be found in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away, probably in the company of her husband and imaginary pet owl.