Description - Me and Uncle Arthur by David Smalley
Telling the story of the author's struggle with severe arthritis, the title 'Me and Uncle Arthur: a Story of Arthritis" gives little idea of the author's approach. Preconception suggests to the reader that Uncle Arthur is an arthritis sufferer, and that the author has had to cope with him. Not at all: it is the author who is the sufferer. In writing about his ailment, he has personified it as the malevolent "Uncle Arthur". Having expected glutinous sentiment, what the reader gets is anger, frustration and sharp satirical humour and, most importantly, courage in adversity. 'Me and Uncle Arthur: a Story of Arthritis' enables the author to convey the ambivalent relationship any sufferer from a chronic disease has with his or her condition. In conclusion, this is a highly engaging, entertaining and often very funny account of life with a difficult, debilitating illness.
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Author Biography - David Smalley
Being diagnosed with arthritis at the age of just 27 was a total shock as I, like most people, associated Arthritis with the older generation. As none of my family or circle of friends had the same illness I felt lonely as I had no-one to talk to about what I was going through. Being at a young age, this caused me frustration, embarassment, anger and a sad feeling that I was the only person in the world walking with this illness. I decided to write a day-to-day diary about all the ups and downs I was having in trying to cope with my newly found problem. My diary became my only companion, and I named my new illness Uncle Arthur. I found writing a great source of relief and a fantastic way of releasing some of my emotions. Because I created Uncle Arthur as the character to my illness it was almost like being in the company of another person, as where I go, he goes too. Unfortunately I am no longer the energetic sports mad person I was before I was diagnosed with Arthritis, but I try my best to lead as normal a life as possible, and that's all you can do.