The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered against walls, and used his limbs instead of his hands to touch light switches, doorknobs, and faucets.
Sammy's mother, Beth, already coping with the overwhelming responsibility of raising three sons alone, watched helplessly as her middle child descended into madness. Sammy was soon diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and later with Tourette syndrome. Unwilling to accept the doctors' prognoses for lifelong mental illness and repeated hospitalizations, Beth fought to uncover what was causing this decline. Racing against time as Sammy slipped further from reality, Beth's quest took her to the center of the medical community's raging debate about whether mental illness can be caused by infection. With the battle lines firmly drawn, Beth searched until she found two cutting-edge doctors who answered that question with a definitive yes. Together, they cured Sammy. Five years later, he remains symptom free.
Driven by her desire to help others, Beth Maloney has infused every page of this triumphant journey with heart and passion. An important story, Saving Sammy is part manifesto, part medical mystery, but is at its heart the empowering and inspiring story of a mother's determination to save her son, take on the medical establishment - and win.
©2009 Beth Alison Maloney (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.
This is an amazing human interest story. It shows the resilience of the human mind and body. A mother fighting for the life of her son. Doing incredible amounts of research to find the answer to her son's illness. My heart grieved for the hardship the Mom went through in caring and battling for her son. She went from doctor to doctor until she found the one with the answer that matched her research. You feel the son's pain as he is caught in his many obsessions and tics. It takes him two hours to leave the house, only to have something happen and have to start all over again. She has the patience of Job as she lives with her son and his disability. You see how it impacts the rest of the family too.
This book was written by the mom to share a lot of the information she learned in her journey. She promised God that she would tell others of the help she had found. If you are looking for help with a child who has mental illness this book may give you direction and hope. If you don't, this book is still a great story to listen to. You won't want to stop until it's over. This book is a fascinating real life listen!
Incidentally, my teenagers listened along and really enjoyed it.
You have heard people say they drove around the block or sat in the garage because they could not stop listening to a book? Well, that actually happened to me with this book. It is well written and performed.Touching and incredible.
An audible addict:)
The knowledge, the good way of explaining exactly the dicease.
Sammy's speech at his barmitswa
She makes it come alife, she realy had her heart in this, i thought it was her own son she was reading about
Saving Sammy - Rain man is a great film to start with
Very very good, from mother with a 'unique' child THANK YOU!!!!
My husband and I listened to this book on a long drive to the LA area. It is unusual for my husband to listen to books with me, but he was very involved in the story and wanted to follow it through to the end with me.
Ms. Maloney paints a heartbreaking picture of what it is like to live with a family member afflicted with devastating mental illness. Our hearts were breaking for her. How do you survive something like that? And unlike Ms. Maloney, there are many others in this world for whom there is no cure.... tragic.
The search for Sammy's cure is fascinating and amazing. Ms. Maloney's struggle against the modern medical establishment is becoming a more common theme as many find that medicine is an art, not a science, that ofttimes conventional wisdom has it wrong. I am grateful she has marked a path for others who may have similar struggles, whether due to an illness like Sammy's, or a fight against the established medical community to find the root cause and cure of an illness.
This book is a necessary read for any parent struggling to advocate for their children. I wish the author would have asserted with her title that any medical condition could use her story as a great tool, not just PANDA. I struggled to get my sick children a celiac diagnosis, being told repeatedly that I gave them too much fiber and having them labeled "failure to thrive". I had to be the voice for my children just like most parents in our disconnected medical system. Thanks for writing this book, Beth.
This was so helpful to me. I am a school nurse who worked with a student diagnosed with PANDAS... So many similarities and similar heartbreak in watching him go through this. This gives hope.....
Thank you for sharing Sammy's story.
An almost unbelievable story and yet it is true. it's well written. well narrated. and perhaps most important raises awareness of an important issue. I recommend every parent read it especially if they have or know of a friend who is facing issues like Sammy. Perhaps more importantly people in the medical field need to read it.
This book is for all people that have kids, know kids or deal with kids in any way. The fight, the struggles, and the real-ness, Beth tells in this story from her heart. Fantastic read!!!
I liked this book!
For myself, I enjoyed all the medical information. Some people may find tedious the fullness of medical explanation. Necessary but repetitive were the continual repeat of Sammy's Behaviors, so that is the only reason that I gave Saving Sammy 4 stars instead of 5 stars.
Beth through Saving Sammy has reminded me to continue addressing brain & mental issues relating to physical aspects such as virus, & bacteria.
I loved the way Beth's Children express. And I very much enjoy the Narrator's crispness of presentation. In addition, her narration of the children's book portions.
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