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In this inspirational story, a makeup-mogul mom fights to get diagnosis and treatment for her teen daughter, who seems to have a mystery illness. The family lives in Beverly Hills, 90210, and Victoria worries that Ali suffers from anorexia. Doctors think she may have multiple sclerosis. But it turns out she suffers from an uncommon autoimmune disease, neuromyelitis optica (NMO), which can cause blindness, paralysis, and seizures. Victoria and Ali alternate in telling their story, and both possess plenty of personality. When Victoria offers her horrified daughter marijuana to help her feel better, Ali says, “Mom, get that away from me!” Like a typical teen, Ali adores her mom, though she refers to her as her “Smother Mother.” Victoria and her husband, each an entrepreneur extraordinaire, end up starting a foundation to research and fight NMO. With that kind of get-up-and-go, they vow to help others with this illness, and readers will want to follow in their footsteps. --Karen Springen


"Sometimes we're given a physical or spiritual challenge that we have no idea how we're going to rise to.  In this riveting account of a mother-daughter love story and their urgent search for a cure, we're made aware of the power that dwells inside utter necessity.  By the end of this book, you'll laugh, cry, rage, and rejoice...and you'll feel that lovely connection to life that you only get when you pass through your dark night of the soul."
—Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of Quantum Wellness and The Lean

"Any parent or child will be moved and inspired by this story of how love and dedication can conquer pain and fear; a vivid reminder that there is nothing more powerful or enduring than the bond of mother and daughter."
New York Times bestselling author Rob Lowe

“This is a spectacular and gripping story of personal courage and entrepreneurial creativity, involving a mother and daughter. It is a story of medical researchers and disease detectives working hard to cure a young woman's frightening disease. The saga is ongoing, exciting and full of drama and hope.”
—Larry Steinman MD, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics Stanford University and Chairman of Immunology 2002-2011

"I once said that life is found in the dance between your deepest desire and your greatest fear. Saving Each Other is about a pathway where two women face their greatest fears and experience their deepest desires together as they take on an incurable disease. It’s quickly obvious this disease is no match for the powerful combination of a mother’s love and devotion with a child’s hope, determination and will. You will be moved and inspired as you go on a journey with these two extraordinary women and find newfound courage within yourself."
—Anthony Robbins, New York Times bestselling author, internationally-acclaimed speaker, and peak performance expert

"Saving Each Other is a love story, a medical mystery, and also the proof we badly need that cooperation beats competition every time. This is an irresistible book that inspires readers—and could reform experts.”
—Gloria Steinem 

“I’ve made a career telling inspirational women’s stories.  This real life story is a triumph.  Saving Each Other is about a mother and daughter bonding over love, maturity and survival. Victoria and Ali, two people I’ve admired for years, have written an incredibly moving and important story that must be shared.”
—Garry Marshall

"The unstoppable power of these two extraordinary women is an unforgettable and inspirational experience you will carry in your heart forever."
—Dustin Hoffman

“As a woman, mother, and close friend of the authors, I find this story deeply moving on so many levels.  The work that I’ve seen Victoria, Ali, and the foundation undertake has been extraordinary, especially in bringing doctors together to share ideas and create a dialogue that wasn’t there before.  As their experts grow closer to finding better, more effective treatments for this disease, they can open the door for solutions to many other diseases—and that’s just incredible!”   
—Reese Witherspoon

“Saving Each Other is a testament to a mother’s incredible strength and a daughter’s unshakable courage.  However, it is so much more than that. The Guthy/Jackson family’s journey in fighting Ali’s disease – and their refusal to give up – is beyond inspirational; it is truly one of the greatest love stories I’ve ever read. This wonderful book will make you laugh and cry.  But most of all, you will cheer for this amazing family’s unfailing tenacity and hope in the face of enormous obstacles and fear.  Their fight will ultimately help save countless other lives.”
—Sherry Lansing, CEO, The Sherry Lansing Foundation



Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593157339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593157333
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maria Gagliano TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The 411 by Maria:

In starting this book I was familiar with the name Victoria Jackson the make up artist. I wanted a No Make Up Make Up Kit in the worst way. What I didn't know was anything about NMO Neuromyeltis Optica Spectrum Disease.

When Ali, Victoria's 14 year old daughter ended up with an eye pain that didn't go away, she took her to an eye doctor like any good parent would do. There was inflammation all along the nerve. After many tests and many doctors they received a diagnosis of NMO (please see the foundation for exact information on this very rare disease).

What I loved and got out of this book is that love conquers all. Victoria, the mother, wanted to do everything and did, she moved mountains to understand and research this disease that was so rare there wasn't much information about it. Victoria the business woman, organized a foundation so that no other family would be unaware of the resources for NMO.

Ali, trusts and realizes how much her parents love her and would do whatever they could to help her. Her trust was so much so that in the beginning she didn't even want to know what she had.

The book is well written and in each of their voices.

My heart broke so many times for the whole family as they dealt with the unknown but especially for Victoria who wrote that she would do anything to have had the disease hit her instead of her daughter as I imagine most moms would do.

The Jackson-Guthy family are very lucky to have each other and are proof that if a family sticks together they can fight anything.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wends on November 9, 2012
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Being on my own personal journey with a teenage who is challenging health,
Saving Each Other, gave me the courage, confidence, strength, love and re-newed my spirit
To continue on a path that is unknown.
Saving Each Other is one of my favourite books at the moment, I recommend every one
To read it. This book brought me back to a place of hope.
God gives us challenges in life and this mother- daughter team conquered there's.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Margo on October 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I breezed through the first half of this book while sitting in a waiting room full of cancer patients. My husband had some skin cancer removed that day. And frankly, I found SAVING EACH OTHER to be quite self-indulgent and elitist.

Bad things happen to good people all of the time - it's part of life. So why should one person or one family expect differently or expect a free pass to the front of the line when everyone else has to walk through the mud of life? It always amazes me when someone asks the question, "Why did this have to happen to me?" Well -- why not? Should bad things only happen to your neighbor? Your cousins? The poor? Why shouldn't you have to go through hardships? It's part of life.

How you handle those hardships is what makes you special.

And ... that's why I ended up giving this book four stars instead of one.

Because even though I got frustrated several times with the narrative of this book, in the end I was impressed with the personal growth of Ali Guthy and I was impressed with the accomplishments of Victoria Jackson. They both took action that will not only benefit themselves, but it will also benefit the medical community and patients worldwide for generations to come.

So while I disagree with Jackson's statement on page 225: "I looked around at the other moms ... and realized that probably no other mother was thinking of her daughter ... the same way I was ..." I cried on page 162 when Ali wrote: "That night definitely sucked for me. But I think being in Mom's shoes would suck even worse. Wouldn't trade with her if you paid me. And she would pay anyone if she could trade with me."

Being a mom is a tough never ending job, but if you do it well, it's the most rewarding experience in the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In 2008 Ali Guthy complained to her parents that her eyes hurt. Her mom, cosmetic giant Victoria Jackson took her to the doctor where they learned the daughter suffered from incurable Neuromyeltis Optica (NMO), a rare disease that has struck 20,000 people around the world. With the full support of her husband infomercial marketing guru Bill Guthy and their two sons, Victoria, applying her business model, began a campaign with one goal: save the life of Ali. Knowing her family loves her and her them, Ali tries to keep their morale up with a Pollyanna attitude.

Saving Each Other is an inspirational memoir that mostly focuses on a Mother-Daughter Love Story, but also to a lesser degree on the supportive love by the three males as this family bonded into a caring cohesive team in reaction to something bad happening to one of them. To their credit mother and daughter may have customized their anguish as the only sufferers in the world, but soon realized there are others out there so formed a foundation to help each other, their family and others. Though it affirms that affluence and influence considerably helps, this is a well written memoir as saving Ali becomes the prime obsession of her family especially her mother who switches immediately "From Mascara to Medicine."

Harriet Klausner
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