"Amy Scher is a brave warrior and a wonderful writer." - ELIZABETH GILBERT, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big MagicThe true story of a fiery young woman's heartwarming and hilarious journey that takes her from near-death in California to a trip around the world in search of her ultimate salvation. Along the way, she discovers a world of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, an unexpected romance, and, most importantly, a piece of her life she never even knew she was missing.When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lyme disease, the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life--from the top experts in Los Angeles and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago. After exhausting all of her options in the US, she discovered a possible cure--but it was highly experimental, only available in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her as it did of curing her. Knowing the risks, Amy packed her bags anyway and flew across the world hoping to find the ultimate cure.This Is How I Save My Life is a powerful and uplifting story of sheer determination for anyone who believes in--or doubts--the existence of miracles when it seems like all hope is lost....
|Title||:||This is How I Save My Life: A True Story of Finding Everything When You are Willing to Try Anything|
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This is How I Save My Life: A True Story of Finding Everything When You are Willing to Try Anything Reviews
The author's journey of illness (Lyme Disease) and healing is sparely and beautifully written. This book is heartening and thought-provoking for anyone whose sense of self is shaken by circumstance---not just Lyme Disease and not just illness.
Scher's book is inspiring, engrossing, and a wonderful read. As someone who has dealt with invisible illness for a long time, I related to so much of her story. The travel aspect also provides the armchair reader with an in-depth look at living in Delhi, which I found fascinating as well. Highly recommended.
I won this book from Goodreads about a young woman with an “incurable” disease who, after exhausting treatments in this country, travels to India to explore other options. At first, this writer had my sympathy for her condition. I found the writer’s description of her treatments and India itself to be fascinating. (I’ve never been there.). What I couldn’t understand is how a person who appeared at first to be so in tune with herself and her diet and medications ( mostly antibiotics) could just a ...more
I received an arc of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed reading about Amy's journey. Really interesting!
Very fast read, I finished in one evening. Amy does a great job of capturing the roller coaster of chronic autoimmune disease and how illness derails your life, along with the constant obsession with finding the elusive cure for the multiple things wrong with you that doctors cannot fully understand. She also makes India come alive so you feel as if you are there with her. Her story is heart-felt and moving, and brings hope to all suffering that maybe others can also survive to finally figure ou ...more
I must say that this is not my usual genre of literature, but Thank You Goodreads for the ARC. I personally suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia (a chronic illness) so reading Amy's story about advanced late-stage Lyme disease and her battle to travel across the United States to end up on the other side of the world in India in the hopes that the experimental research (stem-cell) to help her is truly inspirational and pretty accurate on what a person goes through when they feel like there is no hope ...more
In the past, I would have been more self-conscious about something like this, but some of my modesty has faded. Now I look at my body and I think, I cannot believe it has survived so much. This perspective is a beautiful thing. I wish I had found it earlier than now. (c)
The obstacles of this life are plentiful, but so too are the opportunities to find peace. I feel this out in the city, but even more so in the wild uncertainty of my own unsteady heart. (c)
With the suitcase on my ...more
I sat down to read Amy's book and couldn't put it down until I got to the last page. I am so grateful she took me on her trip to India and introduced me to her whole loving family, by way of her words. I laughed, I cried, I loved. Amy, your bravery and insights are mind boggling. The real struggles you went thru and to share your wise words so eloquently. Thank you. Thank you for your gift. Thank you for sharing.