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**Chiari. It’s a strange little word about to change Nick and Brenna St. James’ world forever. Brenna was raised to believe love conquers all. Losing piece after piece of herself causes her to waver in her beliefs. Insecurities abound and she can’t stop wondering if Nick can love the person she is now. Is it fair to ask him to? Nick wants a do over. To go back to a time be**Chiari. It’s a strange little word about to change Nick and Brenna St. James’ world forever. Brenna was raised to believe love conquers all. Losing piece after piece of herself causes her to waver in her beliefs. Insecurities abound and she can’t stop wondering if Nick can love the person she is now. Is it fair to ask him to? Nick wants a do over. To go back to a time before Brenna was sick, before everything changed. But genies don’t exist, life doesn’t grant wishes, and time machines haven’t been invented. All he can do is follow his heart...and his heart wants Brenna. Together, they have to face a battle they never imagined. When fighting is all you have left… When love can't heal everything… When life rests in the balance of the unknown... When their vows, “…in sickness and in health”, are put to the test… Will Nick and Brenna be able to fight through the odds stacked against them, or will everything come crumbling down?...

Title : he loves me healthy he loves me not
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  • Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
    2019-04-28 05:21

    ***** 5 Cranky Stars *****Chiari Malformation: it's a term I'd never heard of and now is one I won't forget. This book is one of those that changed my outlook on life.I picked this book up on a whim. The synopsis appealed to me and it's been incredibly enlightening about chronic illness, those who suffer and those who bear witness. Told from dual points of view: Brenna, the sufferer, and her husband, the witness. The narration from both points of view really made this book hit home. It lays out all their struggles and frustrations, feelings of inadequacies, and difficulties in communication. Their love and devotion to one another.This is an amazing love story. It's love in defiance of difficult circumstances. Love as affirmation of life in the shadow of death.If you are looking for a book with substance, I highly recommend this.

  • Letty(Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
    2019-04-30 22:22

    This book was very difficult to read, not because I didn’t like it, but because the subject matter is not an easy one.Taken from her own personal experience, Renee has given us the story of a life threatening illness and one woman’s struggle to keep going despite the hardships this brings to her life.The book is about Brenna, a very happy and confident woman who loves life and isn’t afraid of anything. The story follows Brenna from the moment she meets her husband, Nick, until the moment she finds out her condition, when she’s diagnosed with Chiari, and how she handles the news.This is a very emotional story and you can feel the author’s despair as you’re reading. You can feel the pain and fear of the unknown. But she is surrounded by a family and friends who love her unconditionally and that makes things bearable, to some degree. I started the book and had to stop several times throughout; trying to assimilate what was going on and then continue. I have to say that I love Nick. He stood by his wife regardless of the bad days she had when she lashed out at everyone, when he felt like he couldn’t talk to her, and when he just didn’t understand what she was going through. But he loved her and that love allowed him to be strong for her.Brenna is such a strong character and a remarkable woman. Her condition brought her to her knees, literally and figuratively, yet she fought hard, for herself and those around her. It was so difficult to see her struggle when the flare ups took over and the frustration and desperation that gripped her when she couldn’t be there for her baby. To know that she couldn’t move, couldn’t talk, couldn’t hold him. That was the worst. This book is absolutely beautiful in the way it’s written; the message of survival that it gives, and the hope that it brings. I wholly recommend everyone to read it, for the story itself and even more, to learn a little of this horrible illness.

  • Chasity
    2019-05-05 21:10

    This book hit so very close to home for me, as another Chiari sufferer. While our stories are so different, I could relate so very much! Very moving!!!

  • Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
    2019-05-04 22:14

    WOW this is a challenging , super emotional read , for many reasons. Having said that it is also a wonderful read if you are able to handle reading about sickness. Normally I would avoid a book knowing the majority of it would be about a struggle with a condition as frustrating and horrific as Chiari can be BUT knowing this author and knowing her struggle with this condition I had to open up and allow myself to learn as much as I could about this condition. Anytime an author can tell a story , make you feel connected and also help you to learn something new about something very real you have to give credit and this story is just that. Is there happiness and joy ?? YES but it is found in the little things and you have to dig deep to be able to appreciate that.This is not just about Brenna's struggle with Chiari it is also about the struggle a serious brain condition can cause a family , a marriage and also everyday normal life. Nothing is simple anymore and everything , even cooking and cleaning becomes a struggle. I can imagine that at some point in all of our lives we have struggled with being sick or hurt , the guilt of not being there for your kids or spouse , the guilt of alienating yourself from friends and loved ones for a short amount of time. Sadly for people suffering this condition and many others in the world they live with this guilt daily because they have to sacrifice these things all the time. Having a dual POV is great , we feel and connect to both Brenna and Nick. We take this journey through Brenna first finding out about her condition to the choices she and her family have to make to attempt her feeling better. Of course these decisions do not always pan out and the outcome of some are just devastating to read about. It was frustrating to know that someone can suffer this much and not have any relief despite the lengths they have gone through to get there. Seeing the love between Nick and Brenna was amazing , seeing them build a family and have faith that it wouldn't always be so bad was phenomenal and being a part of their journey was eye opening and again I loved finding the joy and happiness they were able to provide their kids , each other and enjoy themselves. This story may end yet the struggle will go on and many families will go through these same struggles for years before they find a way to help. With research still being done Chiari is still a bit of a mystery to the doctors and those who have it. In the end you will see the strength of a family and a marriage that rivals many. If you cannot find relief from your symptoms at least you can see how important it is to have a family and loved ones to support the journey. Everyone suffers a different way through this. Everyone has a right to feel the emotions they may. BUT nobody can give up , strength and determination are vital to fighting this condition and living a life as normal as possible. I see it daily with this author and her family , being a friend I also see that side of it, knowing when and where to make my moves in trying to help. If you get anything out of this story let it be that Chiari awareness is important and support to those with this condition is a key factor in their recovery.

  • Kathy Coopmans
    2019-05-19 02:04

    Renee Dyer is a one-click Author for me. This book is up there with one of the most touching and real love stories I have read.This book is about a woman who struggles with Chiari. It's about a love so strong that you wish for this love yourself. This Author put her soul into this book because it is her soul, it is her life.I applaud Renee for allowing us to walk in her shoes, to feel her pain, her joy, her love. To me, it takes a strong person to share with the world an experience that rocks you to your very core. Not only that we learn of a love so strong that nothing can break it.Well done Renee!

  • LaDonna
    2019-04-29 02:22

    I have read a lot of books this year - well over 100. I have read a lot of great books this year - I immediately thought of at least 20 as I wrote that. This book goes in a category of its own. I want to buy this book for everyone close to me and tell them it is required reading. I think I have actually convinced my husband to use a Kindle for the first time because he realizes it is that important to me that he reads it. Then I want to give copies to all of my friends struggling with chronic illnesses, so they can read it, and have all their loved ones read it too.This book is about a woman with Chiari Malformation. I have vaguely heard the term as I have been through hundreds of tests in the last few years, trying to decipher exactly what is causing my body to betray me. While I would definitely give this book the highest recomendation to anyone dealing with this rare disorder on any level, I will take it further and recommend it to everyone dealing with a chronic illness, and also to their partners.I picked this book up on release day based on promotion from another author I like. The synopsis caught my attention, but I had no idea just how much this book would literally change my outlook on life. Seriously. It had that major of an impact on me.I will open myself up here in a way that I rarely do, but for the last 4 years my health has deteriorated to a place I barely recognize myself on my best days. I can't tell you how many doctors and specialists I have seen, let alone how many tests I have been through and how many potential diagnosis have been thrown around. While I still have no answers (and ironically am recovering from another surgery as I read most of this book) this book made me look at the whole of my situation in a new, and much needed, light.What moved me most about this book is the way it is told through the eyes of both the wife, who suffers the condition, and the husband who has stood by thick and thin. After 4 years, it was very easy for me to understand Brenna's struggles and frustrations. My heart hurt for her and her family, and I so understood how she felt that she was letting her husband and kids down. I felt every word devoted to her frustration at her body's betrayal. I felt like someone actually understood when she had days she just didn't want to deal with it, didn't want to talk about it anymore, especially with those closest to her. How she didn't want to give up the few things she still had control over. Those things enough are reason for me to embrace this book and easily give it 5 stars.Then comes what really set this book apart and really made me look at and reconsider so many things in my life. About half of this book is written from the husband's point of view. All of his frustrations and feelings of failure. It really hit home that he is a victim in all of this just as much as she is. It made me look at what my husband is going through with me in a completely new perspective. It definitely will make me pause before I get short with him again, realizing that though he may not be physically suffering the same things I am, it doesn't mean that he isn't just as affected by it as I am. It is opening up long overdue lines of communication between us. I have a new understanding that his frustrations aren't at me, as it is easy to believe when everything else is falling apart, but that he is also frustrated that he can't fix anything or provide any answers either.To me this is an amazing romance, though there is no happily ever after. The dedication through the rough times is perhaps the most romantic gesture of all. We all need to take time to realize this, no matter where our struggles fall on the scale. The perspective I gained from this book has been priceless, and I will be recommending it again and again.I know this book cannot have been easy for Ms. Dyer to write, but I cannot thank her enough for writing it. Although I will admit to loving reading books that end with puppies and rainbows, sometimes the most important ones are the ones that don't.

  • Candy at Prisoners of Print
    2019-05-04 00:04

    I’ve had to sit on my thoughts for He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not for a few days now. There’s something so indescribable that I felt as I turned that last page. Renee Dyer has created a heartbreakingly real, gut-wrenching, emotional story about a couple whose vows are tested in the hardest of ways. I can guarantee that this story is not your everyday contemporary romance, but if you’re willing to take a chance on a novel that so vividly has the author’s emotions bleeding onto the pages, you will not be disappointed.“This is how life is supposed to be. It’s how I wanted it to stay. But, Nick and I learned a long time ago that life isn’t fair. It throws curveballs when you least expect it.”No matter what you may have been through in life, the character of Brenna creates such deep emotions in readers, at least this one. As someone related to a person with a chronic disease, my heart completely sympathized for Brenna. As a human being, it utterly broke for her. To witness the myriad of emotions and get a firsthand account of the issues that arise with a medical issue, like Chiari, allows the character into readers’ hearts in a way that I haven’t previously experienced. I found myself rejoicing in the triumphs of Brenna, while also crying in the moments of heartbreak, but on a soul-deep level. Her husband, Nick, came across as a very multi-dimensional character to me. He seemed so confident in some aspects of his life, yet so unsure when it came to Brenna’s medical stuff. He loved fiercely, but then questioned whether that love could really be enough. These two already had a foundation in their relationship, so it was refreshing to experience what happens after the honeymoon phase has been completed in a relationship, even more so when the sickness or health vow comes into question.“The doctors took a piece of my skull and I’ll forever have a scar.”I tend to be a fan of dual points of view in novels, but I felt it was especially important in He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not. Without it, the characters could have come across abrasive and aloof, but hearing both sides of the story and their inner thoughts, really made their situation real. It helped readers to see the importance of communication in a relationship, especially when there are mitigating circumstances at play. I’ll be honest and say that there were times that the book was extremely difficult to keep turning the pages. The emotional and devastating circumstances that these characters were put through, especially one scene in particular, made my heart hurt.“Sometimes you need to be reminded of who you were to get back to who you are. We’re on our way to being us again.”He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not is definitely not your everyday romance. Renee Dyer has poured her heart and soul into the pages of the novel, and could be felt more with each word read. I know this story is incredibly personal to the author, and there is so much evidence of that. The writing was great, although the medical jargon did go over my head a couple of times. Most of all, those characters…I just wanted to take them into my arms and squeeze away all of their problems. While He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not deviates from her normal repertoire, it’s a breathtaking, poignant story of love and one woman’s journey to finding herself again.

  • Becca
    2019-05-13 04:06

    4.5 Stars - He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not is completely outside the realm of your typical romance. There is nothing about this story that has been romanticized or airbrushed to fit the fairytale. This journey has not been written to make the reader swoon, but it has been written to make the reader feel deeply and irrevocably. This book is real and raw and heartbreakingly honest. As the title suggests, Renee Dyer explores the true strength of Brenna and Nick’s marriage vows as her sudden diagnosis turns their world upside down, forcing them to face the best and worst parts of themselves and their relationship. This book was heartfelt in an undeniable way. Renee Dyer clearly found the words for this book in the depths of her soul, pouring her life and love into Brenna and Nick’s unexpected journey. Renee Dyer’s characters really stole a piece of my heart. Their fears and pain so palpable and genuine that I found myself connecting to them instantly and wishing I could shelter them from their heartache. Nick surprised me completely, his emotional honesty pouring off the pages. His guilt over feeling helpless broke my heart several times over, while his fierce love for Brenna and devastating thoughts of being forced to live without her stole my breath in that way only a beautiful and unconditional love can. Renee Dyer certainly put Nick through the wringer and by the time I reached the end of the book, she had broken and remolded the boy Brenna fell in love with into an unquestionably worthy man who was swoon-worthy in his own right. Brenna simply captivated me. Renee Dyer did a phenomenal job chronicling the mental, physical, and emotional changes this character experienced. From the complete bliss of falling in love to the absolute horror of suffering under the care of negligent and inexperienced doctors, Brenna constantly evolved during her journey. With her endless flux of emotions and unpredictable physical condition, she wasn’t a character you could define or label. Brenna was whatever she needed to be in each moment, fighting for her life or simply enjoying it. This fluidity of character made me feel as if I experienced an entire lifetime inside the pages of Renee’s book, branding me with an appreciation and respect for the bravery, strength, and unparalleled grace of this character. He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not is a visceral journey that must be experienced to truly be understood. Renee Dyer had me laughing at the adorable story of how Brenna and Nick met and got me fuming at failures in the healthcare system. I happy sighed at the obvious love that relentlessly fought through the darkness and uncertainty of illness only to cry over the heart wrenching fear that threatened to consume Brenna and Nick’s happily ever after. I felt this story deep down, losing myself to the sobering realization that this is more than just a story to a lot of people. It’s their story. Renee Dyer brings Brenna and Nick’s journey to a close in a way that felt right, if not conventional. She embraced the gritty and imperfect truth of living with a chronic health condition, demonstrating an enlightened acceptance of the human reality. Renee Dyer has created something beautiful and inimitable with He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not.

  • Christina Rhoads
    2019-05-04 00:12

    He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not took me on quite the emotional journey. When Brenna St. James is diagnosed with Chiari Malformation her life. and that of her loving husband, Nick, get flipped upside down. As they learn how to live with this debilitating illness and face many complications, both physically and emotionally, you wonder how this couple could possibly overcome all they face. This is a story of fighting your body, overcoming fear, forgiveness and for me, HOPE. A story of how the love of your spouse can give you strength to continue fighting to live life to the fullest, despite your own body or thoughts trying to keep you down. Brenna has her weak moments but her sense of humor shines throughout the entirety of the book, while Nick is her anchor, even as his heart and thoughts shatter around him. This couple... They inspire me, and shw what true, lasting love is really about.On a more personal note, while I've never had to live with Chiari I was faced with the possibility years ago with my daughter. My Sami was born with Spina bifida, Pfeiffer Syndrome and had many issues with hydrocephalus. Near the end of her short life I was told that she may also have Chiari but we never received confirmation of that as she passed away before we had answers. I myself have Pfeiffer Syndrome, as does my son and Chiari is linked with it. Not everyone who has what we do develops it but it is a concern. My heart goes out to all who suffer, and you are all in my prayers.To Renee, thank you for writing this beautiful story. I know that you put a lot of your own personal battle with Chiari into this book, and I'm so happy you have your "Nick" in your husband. You are an inspiration, and an amazing, strong, beautiful woman.

  • Jennifer Pierson
    2019-05-05 00:01

    I have stated for the record, on more than one occasion, the fact that 5 Stars seems like a low rating for an EPIC book. It's never been more apparent than in the case of He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not, as 5 Stars will never be enough for this powerful and profound story! Brenna is a happy, strong, confident woman who loves with all she has, and isn't afraid of anything. The story follows her journey of life, from the moment she meets her husband, the moment she's diagnosed with chiari, and the battle they fight. Real struggles of Brenna starting to have doubts if Nick can love the person she is now. She feels the guilt that he even has to go through what she sees as the failures of her body. Will Nick and Brenna get through the uphill battle they face together?There are no words in me that will convey correctly how powerful this story truly is. The character development is realistically perfect, with a well written, emotional, realistic storyline that will forever be on my heart. Renee Dyer brilliantly writes a story of illness, struggle, fears, and epic strength. I'm wrecked, literally wrecked, as her real life struggles comes through the pages of this deep, intense, gut-wrenching, and heartfelt story. My emotions have physically affected me, leaving my eyes swollen from tears that I couldn't stop, nor, to be honest, wanted to. I started this story as my normal self, and after finishing it, I will be forever changed. The biggest emotion I feel is the utmost respect for Renee Dyer to put herself out there like this, and for her extreme strength like her character Brenna. Please please read the acknowledgement section before you put the book down. This is one of the EPIC reads of 2015 (even with the references to the NE Patriots ;) )!

  • Kathy
    2019-05-08 00:58

    5 Courageous and Poignant StarsFighting a courageous battle against a disease that has no cure, is debilitating, is all in your head and extremely hard to diagnose is what Renee brings to us in He Loves Me Healthy, He Love Me Not. Knowing that proceeds are going to help find a cure for Chiari is amazing!Breena and Nick St. James have it all until one day, the day that forever will change them. The day Brenna is diagnosed the Chiari Malformation. It changes everything. She takes us on a personal journey of the diagnosis, the surgeries, the healing process both physically and mentally and the day to day struggles of living with such a debilitating disease while being a daughter, wife and mother. Renee does an amazing job making the reader feel her story and empathize with Nick and Breena. I really enjoyed the dual POV. Most men don't wear their heart on their sleeve, but Nick has absolutely no problem showing his love, compassion and concern for Brenna. The struggles they faced are very real and very scary. Brenna's life will never be the same, but she refuses to lay back and let this take over her life. Her strength and willpower is commendable. She is a fighter. Fighting a battle that no person should ever have to. Along her journey, she lets us know that it is okay to be scared of change, fear the unknown and to feel...feel everything. I had to read the book over a few days because it hit very close to home for me, as I also suffer from Chiari. It is such a poignant and emotional story. I will forever be grateful to Renee for sharing her personal experience through Becca and Nick. I am also thankful to her for bringing attention to Chiari so others can understand what it is like to live with this disease.

  • Mary Wasowski
    2019-04-28 01:10

    What is Chiari? If you would have asked me this question before I read this book, I would have probably said it sounds like a beautiful girl’s name. I had never heard of Chiari until I began reading “He Loves me Healthy, He loves me Not” It took me six days to read this book, six days of hundreds of emotions I felt with every page turned. The condition depicted in this book is very real, and it something that is rare and unknown to many.In this story, we meet Brenna and Nick. Their lives are turned literally upside down when Brenna receives the diagnosis of Chiari, a rare neurological condition. Their love is tested. Their family is tested. The marriage vows, ‘in sickness and health’ takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to Brenna and Nick, and all they are facing. Brenna, always a strong willed natural born fighter is determined to not allow Chiari to define her, and stop her from living her life. This is not an easy read for the light hearted, but it is one I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND because it is a beautiful testament of a couple’s love and how they fight every single day to hold on to what they have, no matter what life’s challenges have set forth for them. I cried…a lot, but I welcome those tears because this story touched my heart and it made me FEEL many emotions from page one until the end. This story is like no other you will read. It bleeds true heart on every page. All I wanted to do throughout the days it took me to read this book, was to wrap my arms around this amazing author and deliver the biggest hug I could. Thank you for sharing this story with us.

  • Annie
    2019-05-02 02:59

    When I was choosing the books I wanted to review for the month of August, I didn't realize exactly what this book was about. I knew that I wanted to check out this author, so I just signed up without reading the blurb. It wasn't until I started reading it that I realized that this book takes you through a couple's journey through what I now understand is a horrible condition...Chiari. I had to immediately google it before continuing to read.I can't quite explain it, but it was like I could fell both Brenna & Nick's pain while reading each page of this book. I felt every emotion they felt and found myself wondering if my own marriage would survive something like Chiari. Sometimes I felt like I had to put the book down and cry for just awhile before I could continue. My heart still feels a little ache for them (and what I assume is Renee & her husband from reading the acknowledgements)This book gives you not only Brenna's POV but also Nick's POV. I think that sometimes as a woman it's hard to understand how our spouse feels when we are hurting. This book is not for the faint of heart...it's real and raw and holds nothing back. I love how even through their journey you still get to witness the love that this couple has for each other.If you know someone with Chiari or someone with one of the many other "invisible diseases" out there, then this is a great book to read and open your eyes to what they are going through.

  • Talkbooks
    2019-05-21 04:22

    ~~*:Reviewed by Mindy:*~~He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not was such a heart wrenching and eye opening story. This story completely makes you step back and look around at your life.Sometimes we may feel down and out, feel as though times are tough. But when you read this book you come to realize that life isn’t really so bad sometimes. No matter what, there are always people out there that are going through something worse. We go through things in life at one point or another that beat us down and we feel as though things will never look up. This story really shows you that no matter what, as long as you stay strong and keep fighting, that life is worth it in the end. We are never guaranteed tomorrow but keep striving for today. And no matter what, always, always keep pushing forward.In general it takes a lot for a person to share their thoughts, their stories, their writing. But it takes a hell of a lot more to really show themselves. It takes a really strong person to show themselves at their absolute worst...at their weakest. So, when you read this book keep that in mind. This is not just a story, this is real life. This is life and life is not always rainbows, hearts, and flowers.Renee, I love your balls! I commend you for putting yourself out there. This story shows just how strong of a warrior you truly are. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • MindyGuerreiros
    2019-05-12 00:03

    He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not was such a heart wrenching and eye opening story. This story completely makes you step back and look around at your life. Sometimes we may feel down and out, feel as though times are tough. But when you read this book you come to realize that life isn’t really so bad sometimes. No matter what, there are always people out there that are going through something worse. We go through things in life at one point or another that beat us down and we feel as though things will never look up. This story really shows you that no matter what, as long as you stay strong and keep fighting, that life is worth it in the end. We are never guaranteed tomorrow but keep striving for today. And no matter what, always, always keep pushing forward. In general it takes a lot for a person to share their thoughts, their stories, their writing. But it takes a hell of a lot more to really show themselves. It takes a really strong person to show themselves at their absolute worst...at their weakest. So, when you read this book keep that in mind. This is not just a story, this is real life. This is life and life is not always rainbows, hearts, and flowers. Renee, I love your balls! I commend you for putting yourself out there. This story shows just how strong of a warrior you truly are. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mary
    2019-05-15 01:21

    First let me say MUST READ. I purchased this book in support of a "Friend". A friend that I have met on the internet, a friend that has kept me coming back for her books. A friend that I found out is living with the battle of Chiari. The proceeds went to Chiari Research. I say friend, because, even though we don't speak every day she feels like one. I put off reading the book because I knew I was going to feel some of the Emotional pain that the characters in this book feels. These characters are fictional but the life is real. Renee has become a hero of mine. I don't have Chiari, but I do have an issue in my neck that causes pain on a daily basis. I can only imagine the pain Chiari can cause. I admire Renee for never giving up and her husband for standing by her side all this time. You will read about this condition and the toll it takes on the survivors and those around them. You will read about the strength, love and determination of the survivor and the love of her life. There is no cure yet, and she has to live with this. My heart breaks for the pain endured and at the same time it rejoices for the love and determination of 2 people who truly love each other and will never give up. Do yourself a favor and sit down with this one, you will learn that maybe things in your life are not as bad as they may seem.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-27 05:10

    3.5 stars This book was so touching to read. Taken from real life experiences that the author has had, this is a story about a couple dealing with an illness and trying to overcome it. I have not heard of Chiari before I read this book. This was a learning experience as well as a heartbreakingly great story. Reading about Brenna’s suffering both physically and emotionally was really hard. I was hurting for her. But I love her strength and determination to get past this. She wasn’t gonna let it bring her down. Her attitude is what I admired the most about her character. Nick was just as great. I loved how he loved her. He was always there for her and doing his best. This illness was just as hard on him-he was suffering emotionally. Reading his thoughts was heartbreaking. But the love that he had for her was the greatest thing. No matter what he was going to survive this with her and that was so moving. This is a story about hope, love, and survival. It is full of so much emotion. You feel for the characters and just want them to not hurt anymore. It was just written beautifully. Thank you Renee for sharing this story with us! I learned something new and I was so involved in this story. A lovely read.

  • Erika
    2019-05-04 04:07

    It is hard to put into words how I felt reading this tender and brave book! Facing any challenging medical condition in life can be draining and depressing. Renee Dyer showed us that as long as you have loving support, dealing in this case with a very serious brain condition that reqired mulitple surgeries, you can get through anything. As a writer, Renee Dyer is really something. I felt truly connected to the main character going through Chiari, Brenna. Each and every small nuance about how her condition affected Brenna and her family gave me chills. Interactions at work at home and at the hospital often had me in tears. Brenna's husband Nick's take on everything was equally emotional. Reading and feeling his fear and love for his wife was inspiring. And where in the world would any of us be without the love and support of our mothers? Both Brenna and Nick's mothers were incredibly available and actively loving. So yes, He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not, was an emtional read, and especially a love story. I feel that I am a better person for having read it, and have great admiration for the author who drew from her personal experiences with Chiari to create a story that will validate and comfort many as they discover this wonderful book!!

  • The Book Fairy Reviews
    2019-05-22 00:00

    Love, Love mean being their unconditionally. Loves means hurting when the person you love hurts. Love means feeling their fears and crying when they cry. Most of all love is being brave when the person you love needs you to be brave for them.That is what this amazing story is about, love, strength, and Bravery. Renee gives us a story that is not only filled with the passion of unyielding love but a story that will teach you and inform you of something that is rarely heard about, Chiari. Chiari is a condition that is heart breaking to behold much less live with, but this is not a sad story, no. It is a story of determination and strength.Brenna and Nick love each other more than anything and they fight to keep their love strong being their for each other in their time of need. Him holding on to her when she needs him and her shielding him from her pain when necessary. Together they fight Chiari and continue to build on their love for each other.A story of strength, Love and bravery. A story that will make you think and bring you tot tears but most of all a story that will fill your heart. This is the story that Renee has given us and in it's struggle it is perfection.

  • Annamaria
    2019-05-26 01:54

    Five Emotional Stars! This is Brenna and Nick's story as she is going through her daily struggles with Chiari and the challenges it brings. Chiari is a serious brain disease and it causes struggles with your activities of daily living but also puts a strain on your personal life. As a person living with Multiple Sclerosis reading this book most definitely hit home, I go through struggles with my ADL's as well as personal struggles daily. Nick and Brenna share so much love with one another and share that love with their children. The story is about love, strength, bravery and understanding. At points in the story you will be in tears but, it will make you smile and you will also see her strength shining throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will be looking for more from Ms. Dyer. Highly recommend it!I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. This book was read and reviewed by Annamaria for Alpha Book Club.Plot: 5Chemistry: 5Pacing: 5Ending: 5Character Development: 5

  • Sharon Obelenus Holland
    2019-05-09 23:12

    For those who think Chiari is fake...This is your eye opener!!!5 stars are not enough for this book. I want to thank this author for her writing about this. If you know me, I read a book in less than 2 days. This one I couldn't. With reading this story, I relived the past 6 years of my life. The heartbreak, fear and happiness that people dealing with Chiari go through. To top it all off, most doctors have NO CLUE what this is and most feel you are faking it all. Like I said my story started 6 years ago when I found my daughter blue and unresponsive. 3 surgeries, 10 spinal taps, 2 PICC lines, 3 911 calls, many ER trips, and God only knows how many hours we have spent in hospitals and doctor offices. My hope is that people will read this story, and by reading it they will look into this more, forcing more research about Chiari and it's other conditions. #chiariawareness #chiaristrong

  • CatherineWright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
    2019-05-23 01:10

    I was given a copy by the auhtor in exchange for an honest review.I'm not sure if I can give this book the justice it deserves. It was such an emotional and powerful story I had to stop a few times just to take it all in and be able to prepare myself to finishing reading. The author had such a way of writing that you could feel the pain and despair these characters were feeling. Nick was such an amazing guy, he stood by Brenna through out the whole book, even when she was not very nice, he stood dtrong for both of them. Brenna was a strong woman, even though she was down, she fought hard. I loved the message you get from this book. I definitely recommend this one.Review done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our fansite at http://www.facebook.com/nerdgirl.ng

  • Lana
    2019-04-26 05:09

    I read this book last week and fell in love with the writing, the characters, the story. After I finished it, I found out that someone I had known slightly through Facebook had died in her sleep, more than likely from complications of Chiari. It brought the message of how devastating this condition can possibly be and the effects it has on both parts of the couple. This is no condition to take lightly.I thought the depiction of a couple in crisis was well--written. The resolution was left open-ended, but I can live with that. Their story was left unfinished --we don't know if Brenna's life with Chiari will continue, or if the battle has reached an uneasy truce. I hope that one day Renee will revisit this couple so we can follow them further.I received this book in exchange for an honest review, but I bought it anyway. It's THAT good.

  • Amazeballs Book Addicts
    2019-05-15 02:57

    This book is a great heart felt touching story. Breena and Nick are amazing couple who have a lot of things tested when Breena is becomes sick. Breena is diagnosed with Chiara. I learned a lot about Chiara reading this story and it did make me want to learn more about it. Breena and Nick goes through a lot of ups and downs. Many of us take the vows "in sickness and in health" during our weddings. What happens when that vow is put to the test? Breena and Nick find out. It's a emotional read. Breena and Nick are wonderfully written and I couldn't help but fell for the characters. This is one book where I wish I could jump through the pages and gives the characters a hug. A copy was received for a review.

  • Danielle
    2019-05-15 02:59

    One of the best books I've read in a long time. As a fellow Chiari warrior I had high hopes and Mrs Dyer exceeded them. She had me crying before Brenna was even out of the hospital. I relived every emotion I felt from when I was diagnosed up to leaving my daughter with family the night before my surgery. It was like she reached into my head and expressed what I couldn't at the time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who knows someone with Chiari, it may help you understand the daily struggles of living with it and not wanting it to control your life. If you're on the fence I suggest reading this. It's not your typical romance book. It's more of a look into a relationship and how it evolves with one of the members being diagnosed with a chronic illness.

  • Sarah Nickles
    2019-05-02 01:12

    This story is absolutely touching. Renee has gone a step above creating a beautiful story. She has shared a piece of her life with all of us that would be hard for others to do.He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not, is a story of Brenna's struggle with a life threatening illness called Chiari and her determination to fight to overcome this illnessRenee takes us on Brenna's emotional journey. As you read you can feel Brenna's fear of not knowing what is going to happen. Renee expressed the unconditional love and support of Brenna's husband Nick, her family and her friends.Renee this book is beautiful.Full of love, hope, and commitment!Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Kiki Sidira
    2019-04-27 23:00

    I am lucky to say that I know Renee through Facebook. she has talked a couple of times about Chiari openly, but I never imagined how difficult it really was. this may be a book that is categorised as fiction, but the struggle and pain behind it is real. Strength and love is never ending in the book. It's one book that makes you think over life and stop complaining about the things you don't have. You learn to appreciate what you do have. Reading it is a one in a lifetime experience, when I know those are real events and real struggles.P.S. I've received a coplimentary copy via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sarah Nickles
    2019-05-01 23:22

    This story is absolutely touching. Renee has gone a step above creating a beautiful story. She has shared a piece of her life with all of us that would be hard for others to do.He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not, is a story of Brenna's struggle with a life threatening illness called Chiari and her determination to fight to overcome this illnessRenee takes us on Brenna's emotional journey. As you read you can feel Brenna's fear of not knowing what is going to happen. Renee expressed the unconditional love and support of Brenna's husband Nick, her family and her friends.Renee this book is beautiful.Full of love, hope, and commitment!Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Maari
    2019-05-14 01:11

    Not an easy book, but a necessary oneThis book touched me as few have.. I felt as if I was sitting down with a close friend as she was sharing her story, struggles, and experiences. Very moving book! Beautiful in it's entirety and full of love. Amazing job, Renee! This book will stay with me and I will keep you in my prayers!! I highly recommend this to everyone!I was gifted an ARC of this ebook from We Stole Your Book Boyfriend on behalf of the author in exchange for my honest review. Opinions in this review are my own.

  • Stephanie Daigle
    2019-05-15 05:04

    what a wonderful story! Love how this book does the point of view from the wife and husbands sides. This story is about how a family has to deal with chiari. Its a struggle to be dealt these cards but the wife Brenna is the strongest person I know. went through 3 surgeries still have pain from time to time some days weak pain other days hard to handle but Brenna handles. I've cried and I laughed. I highly recommend this book. It is based on true events.