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The second book from the author of The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life (2004) finds Shanker at peace with her weight but battling a far more serious problem: an autoimmune disease called Wegener’s granulomatosis that attacks the vascular system. Shanker’s life is completely changed by the disease, which gives her agonizing joint pain and breaks down the cartilage in her nose. When Western medicine—which offers steroids and chemotherapy to treat symptoms and control flare ups—proves to be insufficient, Shanker attends a healing retreat in New Mexico to detox her body and hopefully receive spiritual guidance she can believe in. Throughout it all, Shanker holds to the words of her idol, Madonna (whom she meets professionally on several occasions), who tells her before an interview to “be brilliant.” Whether she’s describing giving herself an enema or the pain and frustration of a Wegener’s flare-up, Shanker doesn’t hold back. Her candid, introspective look at her battle with the disease, as well as the way she keeps her spirits up, is downright inspiring. --Kristine Huntley
Wendy Shanker is the author of The Fat Girl's Guide to Life and a contributor to The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt. She's also performed standup and two acclaimed onewoman shows.
I thought the Author would be more forthcoming about what helped her heal. Like which foods and supplements. Read morePublished 10 months ago by susan taylor
Very insightful, good read,Bought used and to my surprise was just like a brand new one. Thank you for the great service.Published on July 15, 2013 by MG
The book has some humor in it but it ultimately did not provide me the information or inspiration I was looking for. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Lexsmarie
This non-fiction book is the reason I don't like to read fiction. Truth, when well-told, is so much more engrossing and insightful. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by Daphne Hildebolt
With wonderful aplomb, humor and charm, Wendy Shanker recounts with vivid detail and perspective the ordeals she's had to face over the past several years. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Tobias Wright
My best advice for reading this book is to start in the morning on a weekend because you won't be able to put it down. Great book, touching and funny.Published on November 1, 2010 by Martin R.
Witty, insightful, wise, smart-ass and fabulous. Armored with humor, brains, guts, fiercely loving family & friends and MAC Russian Red lipstick, Shanker takes us with her on the... Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by Linda Robinson
Wendy's writing style is fantastic and she tells her story with brutal honestly. For anyone that has been faced with a life-threatening illness or has had "wellness" issues that... Read morePublished on October 9, 2010 by D. Olsen
No matter how you feel about so-called alternative spirituality and medicine, you can't fail to admit that its practitioners are overly earnest - which is why Wendy Shanker's "Are... Read morePublished on October 3, 2010 by Jen