This is How I Save My Life
"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.

This is How I Save My Life Details

TitleThis is How I Save My Life
Author
ReleaseApr 10th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501164958
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

This is How I Save My Life Review

  • Penelope Bartotto
    January 1, 1970
    Great things happen behind the scenes of our lives, often long before they become clear enough to actually see." ~ Amy B. ScherThere are many quotable statements that are so eloquently made throughout this book by Amy B. Scher. Scher opens the doors, the windows, the crawl spaces, and the attic for the reader into her life and how she went from a sick young woman, to a woman with conviction and faith. Scher brings to us her story of making a choice, and following through with it. This is not a w Great things happen behind the scenes of our lives, often long before they become clear enough to actually see." ~ Amy B. ScherThere are many quotable statements that are so eloquently made throughout this book by Amy B. Scher. Scher opens the doors, the windows, the crawl spaces, and the attic for the reader into her life and how she went from a sick young woman, to a woman with conviction and faith. Scher brings to us her story of making a choice, and following through with it. This is not a whine party about how anybody should pity her for having a chronic illness, it is also not a sermon on why you should do just as she did and you too can find salvation. It is, an honest account of a process, that is shared in a refreshing way.The book is segmented into three distinct parts. Part I focuses on some background information and the reasons why Scher decided to share her story. Part II, the main section is a personal journal via actual blog posts that allow us to walk with Scher on her journey. Part III is a nice wrap up, with some final thoughts. Each section is well written, and packs that proverbial punch, but in a truly refreshing way. Scher opens your eyes to new possibilities, as her eyes open to them. She brings you into her soul as she travels the bumps in the road, and the smooth sailing moments.As someone who also suffers from a chronic illness this book was especially poignant for me, as I begin a new year with no new answers, but doctor appointments to come. I want to be able to brave these days to come with even half the strength that Scher had as she made a very difficult decision to try a radical medical solution that many would not agree with, and many fight for the end of such actions.Bravo to Scher for...1. Being strong enough to travel this road.2. Have faith to try something new.3. Share your story so others can learn.4. Get better, and share your hope.
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  • Sharon Chance
    January 1, 1970
    The subtitle for this book is "A true story of embryonic stem cells, Indian adventures, and ultimate self-healing." Amy Scher covers all this and so much more in this memoir of her search for restoring her health after dealing with Chronic Lyme disease. I was fascinated at the ... well - let's just say it - the guts that it took for this young woman to take a chance on a treatment that took her all the way to India to procure, and I was equally fascinated to follow her treatements that have been The subtitle for this book is "A true story of embryonic stem cells, Indian adventures, and ultimate self-healing." Amy Scher covers all this and so much more in this memoir of her search for restoring her health after dealing with Chronic Lyme disease. I was fascinated at the ... well - let's just say it - the guts that it took for this young woman to take a chance on a treatment that took her all the way to India to procure, and I was equally fascinated to follow her treatements that have been a roaring success for her! Say what you will about the controversy over using embryonic stem cells - when you are in so much pain you don't know how you will live the next moment in time - you grasp for anything that offers hope. I applaud Amy for her bravery and cheer for her recovery!Written in her own voice, this book is part diary/part travelouge - and one hundred percent entralling! I highly recommend it!
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  • Micheal
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 for any kind of treatment and/or cure. One must find the acceptance of healing from within in order to be truly healed and I believe Amy has done that. Thank you for sharing story. You are a true warrior.
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  • Amy Rupert
    January 1, 1970
    I related to the stories since I accompanied my husband on a journey to the same clinic in India. Amy tells it like it is with humor, love and hope.
  • Lizenbyl
    January 1, 1970
    This book is about Amy Scher and her journey with advanced lyme disease. It takes you through the medical saga including a trip for stem cell infusions to India. Amy has a unique way of adjusting to the Indian experience and then to eventually finding self healing.Good read.
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  • Carla
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Scher had a severe case of Lyme disease that left her in a lot of pain, with poor balance, and with an immune system so weak doctors were afraid a cold could kill her. In an effort to treat her disease, she reaches out to a doctor in India who is doing treatment with stem cells. I enjoyed reading about her journey and how she gradually noticed improvements. I also liked how she stated that this is not a treatment for everyone instead of passing off this treatment as a miracle cure-all. My gr Amy Scher had a severe case of Lyme disease that left her in a lot of pain, with poor balance, and with an immune system so weak doctors were afraid a cold could kill her. In an effort to treat her disease, she reaches out to a doctor in India who is doing treatment with stem cells. I enjoyed reading about her journey and how she gradually noticed improvements. I also liked how she stated that this is not a treatment for everyone instead of passing off this treatment as a miracle cure-all. My gripe comes about the part when she returns to the United States. She starts seeking treatment that is so far from orthodox I'd never heard of them: she consults a psychic doctor about whether she's having a relapse, has a test that checks for "toxins" given off of her body's energy flow, and decides she's cured after "unblocking" her energy flow. The ending was really hokey to me, but prior to that, I was cheering on Amy's successes.
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  • Lilac Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    From Lilac Wolf and StuffThe book is brilliant. I'm in awe of this woman who spent so long losing a battle with Lyme Disease. She went to India for stem cell treatment. The stem cells used, are from a single embryo that was donated to the doctor from a couple who had embryos made up for fertility treatment. When they reached success, they wanted to give something back.It's a very easy going book, being that it's mostly made up of blog entries that Amy wrote while undergoing treatment. And readin From Lilac Wolf and StuffThe book is brilliant. I'm in awe of this woman who spent so long losing a battle with Lyme Disease. She went to India for stem cell treatment. The stem cells used, are from a single embryo that was donated to the doctor from a couple who had embryos made up for fertility treatment. When they reached success, they wanted to give something back.It's a very easy going book, being that it's mostly made up of blog entries that Amy wrote while undergoing treatment. And reading about her healing is just amazing. Why are we not doing this here???It's also a wonderful study of the culture shock when a San Francisco gal goes to one of the largest cities in India, Delhi. I'm still in love with India, but I'm less eager to move there. lolAmy doesn't really pull any stops. She's working her butt off to get rid of the Lyme and all the things that go along with it, and she's sharing it all right here with us.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Amy’s story of healing is inspirational and her determination to overcome years of chronic illness is motivation for anyone looking to learn about and improve upon the life experience. My own life has changed for the better and beyond my wildest dreams in the short time I have known Amy. Her story has been pivotal in shifting the way I feel about my own experiences and the course my life has taken. She says it perfectly in her book- “One’s path will unfold in its own time, revealing pieces of th Amy’s story of healing is inspirational and her determination to overcome years of chronic illness is motivation for anyone looking to learn about and improve upon the life experience. My own life has changed for the better and beyond my wildest dreams in the short time I have known Amy. Her story has been pivotal in shifting the way I feel about my own experiences and the course my life has taken. She says it perfectly in her book- “One’s path will unfold in its own time, revealing pieces of the puzzle only as they are ready to be healed. It will not always be in your time, but it will happen.” The ups and downs in life all happen for a reason and help shape you into the person you are meant to be.
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  • Mary Wentworth
    January 1, 1970
    I bought this book hoping to gain some insight into dealing more successfully with chronic Lyme disease. I was not disappointed. I was inspired by Amy Scher's determination to do whatever it took to get well. It took her a while to embrace her Indian doctor's belief that she had the power to heal herself. When she finally knew this to be true, she was able heal. The author's life seems to have been changed forever by her healing journey. I appreciate all of the insights she shared about how she I bought this book hoping to gain some insight into dealing more successfully with chronic Lyme disease. I was not disappointed. I was inspired by Amy Scher's determination to do whatever it took to get well. It took her a while to embrace her Indian doctor's belief that she had the power to heal herself. When she finally knew this to be true, she was able heal. The author's life seems to have been changed forever by her healing journey. I appreciate all of the insights she shared about how she accomplished this healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. She now offers energy therapy for emotional healing. I have worked with her once via the phone. She was very insightful and kind. I plan to work with her more.
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  • Charlotte Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    The New Eat, Pray, Love!This book is quite simply a must read. It's a hugely inspirational and uplifting story but not in the usual sappy way you might expect-which makes it even better. Amy's voice is so unique-she'll make you laugh out loud and wipe away a tear in the same paragraph. She's down to earth, hilarious and wise all at the same time and you can't help falling in love with her and the way she sees the world.You just feel like a better person after reading it...and you'll probably rea The New Eat, Pray, Love!This book is quite simply a must read. It's a hugely inspirational and uplifting story but not in the usual sappy way you might expect-which makes it even better. Amy's voice is so unique-she'll make you laugh out loud and wipe away a tear in the same paragraph. She's down to earth, hilarious and wise all at the same time and you can't help falling in love with her and the way she sees the world.You just feel like a better person after reading it...and you'll probably read it in one sitting!This is a very special book and I can't recommend it enough.Go Amy! More please!
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  • Susie Rosenberg
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Penelope Bartotto
    January 1, 1970
    Review Pending release at: The Library at the END of the Universe in January 2013
  • Ginger Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    I have followed Amy's work for the past 7 years and I found this to be her best writing yet. She is far enough on the other side of her health challenges to write about her journey with humor, perspective and earned wisdom. An inspiring memoir, I quickly devoured this page turner in two days and was on the edge of my seat as her story unfolded.This books takes you on the sometimes bumpy but always inspiring journey that led Amy to study energy work and develop many of her own emotional healing t I have followed Amy's work for the past 7 years and I found this to be her best writing yet. She is far enough on the other side of her health challenges to write about her journey with humor, perspective and earned wisdom. An inspiring memoir, I quickly devoured this page turner in two days and was on the edge of my seat as her story unfolded.This books takes you on the sometimes bumpy but always inspiring journey that led Amy to study energy work and develop many of her own emotional healing techniques. (Refer to her last book, "How To Heal Yourself When No-one Else Can", which is a "how to" book for her approach.) Amy's honesty and humor throughout this memoir are refreshing and admirable. She is very personable and relatable and I deeply valued her honest sharing of all the ups and downs and backstories behind her experiences. (Plus, you'll also fall in love with her parents along the way!)Highly recommend to anyone who loves a good memoir - it's just a damn good story. And, if you have had your own health challenges, you will be especially inspired by her tenacity, grace and grit!
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    I read this amazing tome while recovering from intestinal and umbilical hernia surgery. It helped in getting me well again.Very informative about Lyme disease, Stem Cell Research, the horrors and insights into illness, and the ability and willingness to fight in self healing. I didn't annotate this book like I wanted to so bad. Since I am done, my sister is reading it. She had cancer a few years ago and reads books about illness and the will to live beyond it. After she gets done with this book I read this amazing tome while recovering from intestinal and umbilical hernia surgery. It helped in getting me well again.Very informative about Lyme disease, Stem Cell Research, the horrors and insights into illness, and the ability and willingness to fight in self healing. I didn't annotate this book like I wanted to so bad. Since I am done, my sister is reading it. She had cancer a few years ago and reads books about illness and the will to live beyond it. After she gets done with this book she plans to donate to our local hospital in Seymour, IN. We hope it will bring other patients the insights and strength it brought us. This was an incredible and educational book without being too textbook.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second memoir I've read depicting the courage and perseverance of a woman fighting late stage Lyme disease. (The other book was by Yolanda Hadid.) Scher's journey takes her to India for a stem cell treatment. On the whole, this trip is helpful, and Scher reacts positively. Nevertheless, something about her blogs describing this Indian experience made me cringe ___not the medical but the cultural aspects.Ultimately, Scher discovers that she has to search within for emotional as well a This is the second memoir I've read depicting the courage and perseverance of a woman fighting late stage Lyme disease. (The other book was by Yolanda Hadid.) Scher's journey takes her to India for a stem cell treatment. On the whole, this trip is helpful, and Scher reacts positively. Nevertheless, something about her blogs describing this Indian experience made me cringe ___not the medical but the cultural aspects.Ultimately, Scher discovers that she has to search within for emotional as well as physical release.
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  • Lauren Hakimi
    January 1, 1970
    Rather than telling a story of "finding everything," this novel provides a series of irrelevant medical words followed by their definitions. But don't be fooled: the writing is extremely unsophisticated, and the novel is poorly organized. For the first two hundred pages, it seemed like the purpose of this book was just to say, Lyme disease really sucks. Lazily switching between past, present, and future, the author does lots of telling, but no showing. The summary on the back of the book exposes Rather than telling a story of "finding everything," this novel provides a series of irrelevant medical words followed by their definitions. But don't be fooled: the writing is extremely unsophisticated, and the novel is poorly organized. For the first two hundred pages, it seemed like the purpose of this book was just to say, Lyme disease really sucks. Lazily switching between past, present, and future, the author does lots of telling, but no showing. The summary on the back of the book exposes the novel's true purpose: to fool people who are suffering into paying for the author to "heal them emotionally." I don't know how qualified she is to do that, given what she writes about spending time with her ex-boyfriend who shoved her into the street: "I stomp all of those unpleasant memories back into the earth, as hard as I can, and put them to rest" (226).
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  • Caroline Herrmann
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Stephanie Weaver
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed reading about Amy's journey. Really interesting!
  • Wendy Hines
    January 1, 1970
    This Is How I Save My Life is Amy's story with her diagnosis, mis-diagnosis, what she does about it and how her decision affects her life on different levels. She struggles for awhile before she makes the life-altering decision to journey to India where they are doing embryo stem cell treatment, something they aren't doing here. There, she has is presented with a totally different cultural, beliefs and makes new friends. She learns more about herself and how her story is really inspiring. For th This Is How I Save My Life is Amy's story with her diagnosis, mis-diagnosis, what she does about it and how her decision affects her life on different levels. She struggles for awhile before she makes the life-altering decision to journey to India where they are doing embryo stem cell treatment, something they aren't doing here. There, she has is presented with a totally different cultural, beliefs and makes new friends. She learns more about herself and how her story is really inspiring. For the most part, the book is comprised of blog entries, which really is easy to read and understand what is going on in Amy's thoughts. There's a forward, so to speak, where Amy explains why she decided to share her experiences and than a wrap-up. Amy's very candid, which I admire. She's also funny, ironic and honest. Her story rings true and is inspiring. You don't need to be suffering from a chronic illness to read her story, it's captivating and uplifting. I'd recommend it to anyone!
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  • Caroline Petro
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book! I would recommend this to anyone who is suffering from chronic illness.Inspirational and dead on with the feels that can be brought on by chronic illness.
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