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A Girl Behind Dark Glasses

Narrated by: Queenie James
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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From a darkened world, bound by four walls, a young woman called Jessica tells the tale of her battle against the M. E. Monster. The severest form of a neuroimmune disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis went to war with her at just 15 years old. From beneath her dark glasses, Jessica glimpses a world far different from the one she remembers as a teenage schoolgirl. This true story follows her path as she ends up living in a hospital for years with tubes keeping her alive.

This harrowing story follows the highs and lows of the disease and being hospitalised, captured through her voice-activated technology diary called "Bug" that enables her to fulfil her dream of one day becoming an author. It provides a raw, real-time honesty to the story that would be impossible to capture in hindsight.

©2018 Hashtag Press (P)2018 Jessica Taylor-Bearman

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Powerfully inspiring

As a fellow ME sufferer I was so inspired by Jessica’s perseverance and attitude throughout her harrowing journey. I believe that this book can bring hope and light to, not only the chronically ill, but to anyone, as it is a truly wonderful example of the strength of the human spirit.

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An amazing book, incredible journey

This book gets you in the minute you start. I believe everyone should read it to get some insight and understanding of this terrible illness

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ME sufferer’s diary of her illness

A very articulate young lady. A cheerful spirit who constantly looks for the good in her life. Excellently narrated. I highly recommend this book for ME sufferers, their families , friends, carers & health professionals. Even those who know little of the health condition sometimes referred to as CFS or chronic fatigue will enjoy the spirit of this young battler & learn a whole lot about this disease.

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  • lahna
  • 07-01-2020

Accent too much for me

I tried this but cannot understand the British accent well enough to enjoy the book, so did not finish it.

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  • BookQueen
  • 19-09-2018

A Girl Behind Dark Glasses

This book is just incredibly inspiring. I've suffered from mild-moderate M.E. for a number of years now, and Jessica's zest for life is infectious within these pages. Her determination to continue fighting and use the strength she has to inspire others is beautiful. It has certainly inspired me! The narrator was a good choice for this audio book. Her voice suits the style and authorship well. Overall, I did not hesitate to give this audio book a 5* rating and thoroughly recommend giving it a listen.

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  • Kay Hallsworth
  • 11-09-2018

A must read !

As someone who has mild ME I have always realised how lucky I am to have a semblance of normality in my life deposited having this disease for 21 years - this book reminds me so much everyday of that. As an ex nurse I would recommend this to anyone who cares for chronic and critically ill patients, if you believe you are the patients advocate you need to hear this - and when I say here you need to listen to this being narrated by Queenie James to remember every thing Jessica writes about happened when she was a child . Thank you for this book it is inspiring and especially timely as I am having a bad crash with the ME monster at present!

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  • Jessica & Samuel Taylor-Bearman
  • 25-08-2018

A beautifully written thought provoking true story

An excellent portrayal of a young girl’s fight with very severe ME. A very moving, honest account of what it’s like to live with this dreadful illness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-2020

Essential reading

This book is extremely important in highlighting the seriousness of ME and the incredibly difficult challenges people with the disease face in obtaining a diagnosis and receiving appropriate medical support. Jessica is so brave in her honesty about her experience of having ME but an inspiration, showing such determination and courage in her fight against this dreadful disease which is so often ignored or misunderstood. The subject matter is challenging but the narrator does an excellent job of bringing to life the thoughts of a teenage girl suddenly robbed of her dreams.

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  • HILLYB
  • 27-08-2020

what a life story so far ...

brave, resilient, funny young woman. The description of being so powerless at times. Amazing story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-2020

Inspirational

Jessica is a total inspiration and brings so much home to myself. Being diagnosed myself finally last year, stay strong Jessica and thank you for your amazing book x

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  • David McGough
  • 29-06-2020

A Very Harrowing Courageous Book

What a truly wonderful book fully illustrating the absolute devastation of living with Severe M.E & associated conditions - Equally devastating is Jessica's portrayal of being sexually abused by Jackson a very evil carer but important in relaying the powerlessness and the voiceless status sufferers can face being so vulnerable and placing our lives into other's people controls - alongside her bones becoming of an age of 100 years old rather than a young woman. I really enjoyed her damning critique of the poor sides of the health service Physio-terrorist because the point is that we are yearning to be fully supported and looked after and we don't deserve wretched care experiences from a poorly educated and poorly informed NHS. The narration by Queenie James is truly excellent and makes for a very engaging listen and truly great that Jessica foundt a way to get her life story told. The book also tells of her humanity and wanting to celebrate others because the true stars of the world aren't film stars but those like myself and others living truly tough lives and we deserve to be recognised. A lot of the ways Jessica describes the M.E monster I can fully relate to - I live with Severe M.E from a young age alongside Complex-PTSD with traumas and the very harrowing ordeal itself of living with Severe M.E all based within Mental and Physical Torture. Jessica fully tells of the Torture ordeal that those like me severely afflicted with this go through. I was really proud to hear that Jessica has a gentle and tough character to will to survive and endure and live this proudly despite all the cruelty that this befalls us. A truly GREAT book - I really liked listening to it.