Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me by Ally Hilfiger

 Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me by Ally Hilfiger

Ally was at a breaking point when she woke up in a psych ward at the age of eighteen. She couldn't put a sentence together, let alone take a shower, eat a meal, or pick up a phone. What had gone wrong? In recent years, she had produced a feature film, a popular reality show for a major network, and had acted in an off-Broadway play. But now, Ally was pushed to a psychotic break after struggling since she was seven years old with physical symptoms that no doctor could explain; everything from joint pain, to night sweats, memory loss, nausea, and brain fog. A doctor in the psych ward was finally able to give her the answers her and her family had desperately been searching for, and the diagnosis that all the previous doctors had missed. She learned that she had Lyme disease-and finally had a breakthrough.

What she didn't know was that this diagnosis would lead her down some of the most excruciating years of her life before beginning her journey to recovery from eleven years of misdiagnosis and physical pain. She would need to find her courage to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally, and become the survivor she is today.

Set against the backdrop of the fast-paced fashion and entertainment industries, BITE ME shares the heartbreaking and hilarious stories that moved Ally forward on her journey from sickness to health. Its themes will be familiar to more than 300,000 Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, many of whom, like Ally, wondered for years what was wrong with them. BITE ME offers readers hope and ideas for how one can transition from victim to survivor, and shares the spiritual principles and actions that have contributed to her wholeness as a human, mother, and international spokesperson against Lyme disease.

My Thoughts:
" Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood " is a powerful memoir that I read in one sitting from start to finish. I could not put this book down because I was aboutely inspired by the personal journey that Ally was willing to take the reader on and how she displayed such determination during her young adult life. This book is amazing. I believe it is incredibly educational, worth your time and a powerful. It took eleven years for them to diagnosis and treat Lyme disease. While Ally had all the money, fame and high fashion industry at her hands, that could not save her. This book to me is an interesting parallel of how faith is such a huge part of my life and why in the end money doesn't matter. If you are looking for a book to center you and bring you back to reality, I recommend you grabbing this book. It will give you perspective about what is important in life and it will make you realize what is most important in life. Ally is an inspiration to all of us to have hope, strength  faith and determination in the day of adversity. Not only will this book give you perspective, it will educate you and make you more aware of going out in the woods or checking for ticks on your kids. It won't make you paranoid, it will make you educated, informed and wise.
 I give this book 4/5 stars. A favorable review was not required and I was provided a complimentary copy by the publishers for my honest review. 

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1 comment:

Mary Jackson said...

I would love to rad this book.