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Difficult Patient : The Woman With The World's Rarest Disease, The Doctor's Who Left Her in Agony, and The Maverick Who Saved Her Life. - Sue Currie

Difficult Patient

The Woman With The World's Rarest Disease, The Doctor's Who Left Her in Agony, and The Maverick Who Saved Her Life.


Published: 1st June 2017
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Imagine having a life-threatening illness only for doctors to think you were faking it.

Sue Currie suffers from a strain of porphyria so rare that she was only the 18th known case in the world. In 1991, the medicine she needed had a guaranteed Fed Ex delivery date of four days from Europe. But hers took fifteen years, three months, and twenty-two days.

Sue was admitted to hospital, in agony, hundreds of times, but when her disease was assessed as not serious enough to be causing that level of pain, she was labelled as mentally ill and manipulative, a drug addict shopping for painkillers.

Though Sue, herself a nurse, knew her pain was real and how it could be treated, the ‘experts’ refused to believe her. She became a difficult patient, forced to stand alone against the entire state medical system. Eventually, after years of fighting and irreversible damage to her body and mind, she found the medical maverick who would save her life.

Difficult Patient is a powerful and timely account of falling through the cracks in the medical system, a compelling story of cover-ups, power plays and, ultimately, redemption.

About the Author

Sue Currie worked as a nurse until her illness became so debilitating that she was no longer able. When her porphyria was finally treated correctly and she could rebuild her life, Sue took a writing course so she could tell her story. This is her first book.



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Excellent! I would buy this book for my friends!


from Gold Coast,Australia

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Gives hope to anyone struggling with adversity.
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

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    • Nurses and Health care professionals
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Special Needs
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    I loved this book.Well done to the brave Sue Currie.A true story that makes you realise how important family,sanity and being your own best advocate is.Great read.I couldn't put it down for two days!

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    ISBN: 9781925584097
    ISBN-10: 1925584097
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 304
    Published: 1st June 2017
    Publisher: Affirm Press
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 2.3
    Weight (kg): 0.41
    Edition Number: 1