“Rain on a Distant Roof is an excellent read. I recommend it. Our politicians at all levels and physicians of every ilk should read it as well.”
President, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
"Rain on a Distant Roof offers thought-provoking insight into the daily struggles and obstacles faced by chronic Lyme disease patients. Vanessa Farnsworth's self-described "tick-shattered life" is an all too common but seldom told story of desperately ill Canadians caught in a healthcare nightmare."
President, Lyme Disease Association of Alberta
"Vanessa Farnsworth takes you deep into the dark places of Lyme disease with her personal story about chronic illness. Rain on a Distant Roof shines light on the political storm of Lyme disease in Canada and our failing Canadian health care system. This is a common story of Lyme disease that is uncommonly heard, and a must read for all Canadians as this illness continues to rise."
Dr. Rebecca Risk, R.Ac, TCMD, S.C.
Host, Falling Through The Cracks
"Vanessa Farnsworth’s Rain on a Distant Roof is a MUST-READ in an era where Lyme disease is so often misunderstood. Reflecting on her very personal physical struggle with the disease, Vanessa also supplies the reader with very informative Canadian-based research. It is a rare find to have a Canadian perspective and one that brings forth a wealth of knowledge, allowing us to gain a better understanding of the complexities of Lyme disease. For anyone suffering with Lyme disease, for those suspect that they may have it, and for those who have friends and family members with it, Rain on a Distant Roof has an abundance of very helpful information."
Dr. Marie Matheson, BSc., L.Ac., ND
Member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
“Rain on a Distant Roof offers uncompromising access to a very personal experience with Lyme disease, an unpredictable, debilitating and potentially fatal illness that is becoming more prevalent across Canada. Vanessa Farnsworth combines a journalist’s tenacity with a writer’s sensibility, presenting her struggle with the disease but also with a health care system that too often leaves sufferers misdiagnosed and undersupported. Farnsworth is an excellent advocate for the Lyme community, both on the page and in person: she is articulate, passionate, invested, well-informed, and vital. Her book is a clarion call to pay attention to a serious health crisis in the making."
Director, Winnipeg International Writers Festival
"Farnsworth has written both a well-researched study of a frequently misunderstood disease, and a harrowing journal of a devastating illness and a disastrously unresponsive public health system."
"Farnsworth is an experienced and exceptionally good writer, up to the task of relating a powerful and horrifying personal story while at the same time educating readers on the science of the difficult-to-diagnose tick-borne diseases."
Creston Valley Advance
"Vanessa Farnsworth's book is one of the very few that manages to delve deeper into the human psyche ... exploding myths surrounding the illness and combining this, as she does, with thorough up-to-date research (2013) on the parasitical bacteria called borrelia."
UK novelist & lecturer