Despite the steady growth of rights and acceptance of people from other minority groups, the significance of the issues faced by people with chronic illnesses and disabilities has not enjoyed the same public endorsement. This population has experienced disproportionate disadvantages that have prohibited them from realizing their full potential as active members of society. Much of the scholarship in the area of Disability Studies and research into the social issues faced by people with chronic illnesses and disability is academic in nature, while most advocacy work is non-academic in nature. Relentless is a book of essays that blends personal narrative with research in order to highlight topics such as stereotypes and misconceptions about chronic illness and disability, invisible illness, the mind-body connection, fatphobia, ableism, and accessibility in higher education. The combination of peer-reviewed research, statistics, and personal narrative provides a well-rounded perspective on what it means to have a chronic illness or disability today. Relentless exemplifies the magnitude of the barriers people with chronic illnesses and disabilities experience while also emphasizing their incredible resilience and strength.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 11-23-2020


Stephanie Adams Saulnier

Mentor Department Affiliation

Social Work

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Social Work

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work