I don't know if I would listen to this one again, because it was a little sad and stressful, but it was a wonderful, insightful, intelligent look inside the life of a family with a boy struggling with PANDAs. It is extremely well written and read and should do a great job helping to create empathy and support for families struggling with this issue. And if I run into another family dealing with this in the future, I'll pull it out and listen again.
I really felt like the author was telling her own story.
I didn't listen all in one sitting, but I listened as quickly as I could. It was a riveting story.
A very good and important work.
The author's honesty and courage to share her and her son's story.
I have a daughter who struggled with a chronic debilitating illness, not once, but twice - two different illnesses. Local doctors gave up on her and referred us to psychologists and psychiatrists each leading no closer to her getting any better. I too fired and hired countless doctors, also traveling hundreds of miles away from home seeking answers until finally the answers came. I commend Beth Alison Maloney for sharing her and her son's heart breaking and triumphant journey with all mothers (and I suppose many fathers) giving them hope when the medical community seems to present none. It is beautifully written and I was unable to stop the recording until I had completed the entire book. Parents, never, NEVER give up on your child. You are his or her greatest ally!
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
My experience with OCD is zero. In fact, my experience with mental illness is extremely limited. With this open mind, I delved into Ms. Maloney's harrowing account of her son's sudden onset of OCD and her equally harrowing navigation of the healthcare system as she searched desperately for answers. Although there is much belly-aching by medical professionals over the number of patients who deem themselves healthcare experts after an afternoon on the Internet, this book proves the immense value of research and perseverance. I was impressed by Ms. Maloney's unwillingness to accept the close-minded opinions of some doctors and her insistence on second, third, fourth and fifth opinions until she found a diagnosis that made sense and a treatment plan that worked for her son. Kudos to her bravery and stubbornness! I have no idea when I might find myself in such a quandary but I only hope to have the drive exhibited by this author to break down those medical brick walls.
Could not believe what this mother went through. You think you have it hard. Read this story and you will thank God you have healthy children.
This is the first review I have written for a book. This is such an excellent book I had to write a review. I work in the Information Technology department of a Mental Health center. I have been sending e-mails to our clinicians and doctors asking if they have read the book and telling them they should. What an inspiration this book was. And we need to get the word out about the links between Mental health and physical health.
Within the top 3.
Sammy--he was a very interesting character indeed.
She did a wonderful job on all the characters. So believable that she was actually the mother in this true story.
Fantastic writing with a purpose. Thank you for sharing this amazing story.
The most memorable moments in this story are the moments of despair that this mother experienced in dealing with what seemed like an impossible situation.
I could not choose.
The book was moving throughout and reminded me of what a mother will do in response to her child suffering. It is amazing how the pieces of the story fell together to lead the listener thru this journey.
As a mom of an adolescent boy, this book was truly fascinating to me. I was intrigued throughout the whole book. I learned so much from this book.
Audible addict since 2003. High School librarian who has found her bliss!
Although I cannot comment on the medical accuracy of this book, the story was gripping and very well written. My only complaint was that the reader's pace was a bit too fast for me, but when I slowed it down a tad on my player it was fine.
It was nice hearing the final success of Sammy's mother! The story is not an unusual one when conventional medicine and thinking confronting complementary medicine approaches and thinking.. I do sympathize with most of the raised points.. The unknown In medicine, is still huge.. Physicians need to be humble, humane, caring and open minded.. Clinical judgement, at times, need to consider giving patients benefit of doubt when no harm is expected.. but with maintained logic and scientific thinking.. I felt repeatedly that a placebo effect and mother/physicians reassuring approaches in the story of Sammy were the main effectors.. How can increasing augmentin dose in the absence of active infection has an immediate positive effect on OCD when the proposed mechanism of reducing antistrep. antibodies would take long periods! unless augmentin has a direct anti OCD effect !!
I think the story has helped consolidating several principles and worth reading/ hearing..