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I Am Your Disease: The Many Faces of Addiction Paperback – October 13, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1598006995 ISBN-10: 1598006991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598006991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598006995
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I Am Your Disease (The Many Faces of Addiction) is a must-read for any young person even thinking about experimenting with drugs. The book details the devastating effects that drug use has on the lives of people who have lost a child to the disease of addiction. It shows you how ugly drugs are and how they cut your life short. Drugs are not cool. They take over your life and have absolute control over you. You are powerless to do anything other than what the drug demands! Read the book. The life you save may be your own!

More About the Author

Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis has written 4 books on drugs and addiction. Her children's book "The Addiction Monster and the Square Cat" is often on Amazon's Best Sellers List in the Drugs category. Barbara Eden ("I Dream of Jeannie" fame) sent her a hand-written note saying how wonderful the book is and that it should be in everyone's home. Sheryl also writes Romance and has two E-books published by Topaz Publishing with another one due soon - "The Purrfect Romance." She's an Australian-American who'd love to sell enough books to pay for a ticket back to her homeland of Australia. :-)

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This book tells the true story about the disease of addiction.
Sandra LaCagnina
This book is a must read for any parent dealing with a child with addiction.
Beverly
Very sad stories are told by parents who have lost a child to this monster.
LeeAnn M. Michie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ~Reaux~ on December 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I Am Your Disease is a book structured as a series of vignettes, yet, with a twist. Each story is was authored by the loved one(s) of a person who died of a drug overdose. Some of the pieces are longer than others, but almost inevitably, the resounding common thread was that of the parents left stunned saying, "I never thought it would/could happen to my child".

Most of the children featured were of above average intelligence, very creative and particularly sensitive. And most had above average good-looks. They were raised by committed, loving parents, some highly educated. How could this possibly be a recipe for an early demise due to drug abuse?

Actually, there does not seem to be a pattern. What is so terrifying is that there seems to be no social class, background, or educational deficiencies that could explain or predict who becomes addicted. Sometimes early intervention may have prevented the spiral toward progressively harmful drugs, but other times it seemed to make little difference.

What is presented in I Am Your Disease are the facts and perceptions of the families most affected by drug abuse and the hideous aftermath of life after losing a child to addiction. It is a must read for every parent.

Eventually your child will be confronted with an opportunity to participate in drug abuse. How they are prepared for these confrontations can be a life or death decision. As a parent, I for one want to ensure that my child is as well prepared to go onto the battlefield of peer pressure as well equipped as I can possibly prepare him. Don't you want your child prepared? Read the book and discuss it with your children. If they are old enough, give it to them to read for themselves after you've completed it. Give out kids a fighting chance for survival.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LilCuddy on November 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is powerful and eye-opening. Truly, it is a "must have" for ANYONE who might EVER come into contact with a drug-addicted individual or their distraught families. That would include EVERY parent, EVERY doctor, EVERY minister, EVERY counselor, EVERY teacher, EVERY nurse, EVERY school nurse, and EVERY police officer, etc.

As one of the grieving moms who contributed my story to this book, I honestly feel that it should also be REQUIRED READING for every 5th or 6th grade student in our country, as well as world-wide.

But, it should also be REQUIRED reading for every police officer, teacher, counselor, doctor, nurse and minister, for these are the people most likely to form the "first line of defense" against addictive illnesses. For they are the ones most likely to see addictive illnesses when they are just beginning. And, with the incredible insight gained from reading this book, they just might be able to intervene before the lure of drugs to a young person becomes deadly.

If it were within my means, I would personally buy & donate a copy of this book to every parent in this country, which should include many people who, besides being parents, work in fields that deal with our young people. If I were to win the lottery tomorrow, that is what I would do with my winnings, for I feel that this book is THAT important.

Sherry's compilation of stories really highlights how universal our epidemic of drug addiction has become - it crosses ALL boundaries and NO ONE is "immune" to it. Unfortunately, until it hits our own family, that is what we all think. WRONG! Read the book and you will see.

I LOVE the way this book begins - "Could this be YOUR child?" No! No way! That is EXACTLY what all of us had thought!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clare Lynch on January 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I sent this book to my son in jail for drug related crimes. He loved it. The other inmates are waiting their turn to read it. My son actually has a list of them. Unfortunately most are in jail on drug related crimes and this is a real eye opener for them. Hopefully this will help them understand their addiction a little better and be one step closer to becoming sober.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carol Digiantommaso on November 24, 2006
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"I AM YOUR DISEASE", IS A SERIES OF STORIES ABOUT CHILDREN WHOSE LIVES WERE LOST TO THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION. WRITTEN BY PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS, WHO OPENLY AND TRUTHFULLY SHARE THE LIVES, TRAGEDIES, STRUGGLES AND ULTIMATE UNTIMELY DEATH OF THEIR LOVED ONES RELATED TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE. FAMILIES WHOSE LIVES ARE NOW SHATTERED WITH INTOLERABLE PAIN AND GRIEF. AFTER READING THIS BOOK IT IS MY HOPE THAT ADDICTION ISN'T TAKEN LIGHTLY AS A "PHASE" NOR WILL DENIAL CONSUME THE PARENT OR CHILD OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE. IT IS REAL, THESE VICTIMS ARE REAL AND THE PAIN AND HEARTACHE PARENTS NOW ENDURE IS REAL. DRUGS ARE POISON, ADDICTION IS A DISEASE NOT A CHOICE.

SO MANY OF THE STORIES HAVE SIMILARITIES ABOUT THE EARLY STAGES OF THE DISEASE. WOULD ANYONE READING THIS BOOK WHO HAS HAD ONE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE THINK FIRST.........WILL I BECOME AN ALCOHOLIC? NOT LIKELY.

I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, NOT ONLY FOR PARENTS BUT FOR KIDS LIVING IN OUR SOCIETY WHERE PEER PRESSURE CAN CONTROL AND CONVINCE EVEN THE MOST EDUCATED, LOVED, INDIVIDUAL. DRUGS DO NOT DISCRIMINATE, PLEASE DON'T BE THE NEXT TO WRITE YOUR OWN TRAGIC STORY!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Miller on December 3, 2006
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When I got my copy of this book and began to read, I just could not put it down. The stories of the heartbreak that these families have endured and their current day to day struggle just to try and deal with such a loss is profound. These stories are written from first-hand experience and are so thought-provoking and eye-opening. They really make you understand that the pain and loss that they have experienced crosses ALL walks of life and that addiction destroys so much more than just the person who lost their life. These stories are well-written and down to earth. I explained to my 12-year-old, 6th grader grandson what the book was about and he started reading it and understood what he was reading. Parents and children alike would benefit from this book. It touched me deeply like no other book I have ever read. My heart goes out to these families.
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