This story was interesting but after awhile there is a great deal of medical terminology. By the end I skipped forward several times and still seemed to be listening to the same thing.
Scary, detailed, interesting
Can't think of a comparison of a book I've listened to other than "The Rosie Project". Both books give you insight into living life with brains wired differently or altered.
Pure astonishment that this could happen to a person living a typical, "normal"life.
As a neuroscience nurse I found Susannah Cahallan's story of illness, diagnosis and recovery interesting, particularly from the patient perspective. It is a helpful to remind clinicians what a frightening and alien environment healthcare is to the uninitiated. Kudos to Susannah and her family for fighting for answers. Her story illustrates how easy it can be to be misdiagnosed and fall through the many bottomless cracks of healthcare today. We all have to educate our selves, take responsibility and be ferociously persistent in our pursuit of health.
Unfortunately I found the writing to be irritating at times with its repetitions, poor grammar and formulaic approach. Perhaps I expect to much? It may have been the reader. I have heard other performances by Ms Henderson and I find her delivery lacking.
I normally don't go in for "true drama" stories, but I purchased this because it was a daily deal and sounded intriguing. Since that's not my genre of choice, I'm glad I got it on sale, but if you DO generally like that genre, this is a good listen. It's well written, it moves quickly, and it is easy to sympathize with the protagonist. It's almost like a feeling of claustrophobia, imagining what it would be like to realize you're going crazy but not knowing why. I found it interesting enough that I googled both the author and the disease after finishing the book to learn more.
Yes. It is a touching and revealing story.
The author's willingness to be as vulnerable as she is.
Overall pretty convincing EXCEPT whenever she tried to do any kind of an accent. Each attempt at Middle-Eastern or Hispanic accents brought to mind Fearless Leader from Bullwinkle. When she tries to do a Jamaican accent it comes out as a leprechaun. Really, if you cannot do accents well, then don't do them.
Can it happen to you?
Tell us about yourself!
I would not listen again. It was very interesting, just not something I would listen to again.
finding out the disease she has is undetectable by most doctors and many people in the past, instead of being possessed, might have experienced similar auto immune illnesses.
the changes in her voice allow the reader to place themselves in the main character's shoes to really feel her pain and confusion.
Because of an autoimmune disease in which her body was attacking her brain, Susannah Cahalan, a writer for the NY Post, spent a month in the hospital without memories, going through periods of psychosis, without any diagnosis in sight. One doctor who happened to have an inkling of an idea was able to turn her around, finally diagnosing her with Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis.
"... A reminder of how fragile our hold on sanity and health is and how much we are at the utter whim of our Brutus bodies, which will inevitably, one day, turn on us for good. I am a prisoner, as we all are."
The story is told from memories, unremembered journal entries, eerie hospital treatment videos that she has no memory of, family journals, and medical records. The author will likely never regain the memories of that time. An interesting anecdote is that they think this may be the disease often passed off as demonic possession.
I have three friends who have served from various levels of depression, in some -remote- way they all said they could relate to a lot of the story.
When one of Susannah's first doctors, "One of the Best" could not/did not find the reason behind her illness. And, like most of us, we listen with respect and at times as a life line.....but, to believe that a doctor, let alone a "One of the Best" can be so out of his/her area of medicine is crazy....but true.
I gave a four star rating, but it is a 4.5.
An avid reader and listener with eclectic tastes... One unifying them is my love of humor, mystery and great narration.
If you are not convinced of the wondrous nature of the brain, you will be after listening to this author's harrowing tale. She does an excellent job presenting the biographical information in a narrative style so that it "reads" more like fiction. The scary thing is that it's not...
One of those strange but true medical stories that only but the grace and good luck did she find the right doctor. Good listen.