Book Reviews: Three Inspirational Memoirs on Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is difficult to diagnose, hard to treat, often misunderstood, and tragically impacting many lives around the globe.
In this post I am featuring three inspirational memoirs on the topic.
Cherie Kephart traveled the world from the remote villages of Central Africa to the majestic coastlines of New Zealand until a mysterious illness thrust her to the precipice of death. The persistent malady led to years of suffering, during which her symptoms time and again were undiagnosed by well-meaning healthcare professionals who were sometimes competent, sometimes careless, sometimes absurd, and always baffled. The anguish, the uncertainty, and the relentless pain would have caused many people to simply give up and end their lives—and Cherie came close. Told with brutal honesty, astonishing wit, and a haunting vulnerability, A Few Minor Adjustments is an unforgettable memoir that captures the horrors and triumphs of one woman’s harrowing quest to find life-saving answers. In the end, she finds much more than a diagnosis.
“A Few Minor Adjustments” is a compelling and powerful read, which I read it in one sitting!
Although the author has faced death on several occasions, she manages to maintain a positive outlook on life.
I really enjoyed her descriptions of her time spent in Zambia with the Peace Corp, which ended sooner than she would have wished due to a very nasty bout of malaria.
The symptoms she faces ebb and flow until she becomes very incapacitated. Despite enduring endless medical examinations and a myriad of tests, no real answers are forthcoming…
She skillfully weaves her story, leaving the reader wondering if she will ever find answers to her condition, and a possible cure. It is remarkable that she has survived, a testament to her courage, a long awaited diagnosis, and the support of her family and friends.
In this moving, behind-the-scenes memoir, Yolanda opens up in a way she has never been able to in the media. Struck by an illness more epidemic than people know and more debilitating than anyone realizes, Yolanda had to fight with everything she had to hold onto her life. While her struggle was lived publicly, it impacted her privately in every aspect of her existence: her family, friends, and professional prospects. Her perfect marriage became strained and led to divorce; but the strong bond with her children Gigi, Bella and Anwar was her motivation to fight through the darkest days of her life. Hers is an emotional narrative, and an all-important read for anyone unseated by an unexpected catastrophe. In those moments, we all have to find the courage to go on. With candor, authenticity and an unwavering inner strength, Yolanda shares intimate details of her journey to uncover the source of her many symptoms, as well has how her children, two of whom also suffer from Lyme, have been her shining light in her darkest moments.
Yolanda Hadid recounts her early life growing up in The Netherlands, and her love of nature and horse riding. Life changed dramatically when her beloved father died, and again when she began to travel the world as a top model…
After her first marriage ended, she remained a devoted mother to her three children. Sadly, her health began to deteriorate early in her second marriage to musician David Foster, and she began searching for answers to her wide array of symptoms.
“Believe Me” highlights the challenges faced by many people who have Lyme disease and other “invisible illnesses.” Yolanda travelled the world in search of answers and treatments to a condition which remains largely misunderstood. However, many of these treatments were incredibly expensive and produced varying results, which made for a roller coaster journey.
Happily, the layers of dis-ease gradually began to dissolve and she found her health slowly improving.
I found many of the treatments fascinating, especially the elimination of parasites!
Although Yolanda still faces many health challenges, she has become a high profile advocate for those who continue to suffer from Lyme disease. I applaud her courage and tenacity.
The 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 and the infinite power of self-healing when it seems like all hope is lost.
“This is How I Save My Life” is Amy B. Scher’s account of her self healing journey both before and after a diagnosis of stage four Lyme disease.
Amy sought treatment from the best medical clinics in the US, yet her health continued to deteriorate.
However, “Fate” intervened and Amy learns of a clinic in Delhi, using ground breaking stem cell treatments on patients with spinal injuries, and she is successful in being accepted for treatment.
Although costly, her parents support her decision, and travel with her to India.
I enjoyed her honesty, which includes both the highs and the lows of her transformation, as the stem cells invite change not only on her physical body, but on her emotions, mind and spirit.
The Indian doctors provide many pearls of wisdom, including:
“The Universe is shifting to bring you what you need to heal yourself, so then you will be able to move on and do bigger things.”
Amy’s transformation continues and indeed never ends, as I too have found on my own journey with chronic illness.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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Categories: Inspirational Memoirs