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Sick Girl Paperback – October 1, 2008
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Silverstein's memoir offers a rare glimpse at life as an organ-transplant recipient. She was a young law student when the first signs of a deadly virus in her heart appeared. When her doctor said she merely needed to keep her stress in check and add salt to her diet, she happily complied. At 25, after several months of terrifying symptoms and misdiagnoses, she received a heart transplant. Like all organ recipients, to prevent her body from rejecting her new heart, she depends on high doses of immunosuppressants—bitter poison that leaves her nauseous, trembling, aching, and highly vulnerable to infection—for the rest of her life, which was only expected to last another 10 years. To better her chances, she heeded her doctors' advice, sacrificing everything from coffee to alcohol to pregnancy. Still, it seemed that the best she could hope for was the illusion of a normal life, so she kept her body's punishing blows from her friends, her adopted son and at times even from her loving husband, her ever-confident coach through years of devastating illness. [T]o make myself 'normal' again would be the most extraordinary feat that I would never quite accomplish she writes. Now, more than 17 years after her transplant, Silverstein reflects on the often misunderstood journey through the torments of being saved in a stirring story of survival and unyielding love. (Oct.)
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"Truly compelling, Sick Girl sucked me in from the get-go. Amy Silverstein's story is amazing and inspiring."
"Spectacular ... Heart transplant patients live along the jagged edges of the abyss that most mortals fear. By bravely peeking over the edge, Amy Silverstein shares with us the brutal reality of being a 'survivor.'"
"Silverstein is an inspired storyteller. Her engaging language and sharp insight make Sick Girl both compelling and moving. Few of us undergo a heart transplant at twenty-four, but we can recognize our own stories in this incisive, unflinching look at life, love, and extraordinary courage."
"Amy Silverstein is not an easy patient, with good reason. She has lived nineteen long years with a transplanted heart, much longer than any doctor could have predicted. And she has, arguably, done more with a transplanted heart than anyone else, including the publication of this remarkable book. It documents her fears, frustrations, anger, and perseverance. She recognizes that the world expects a simpering bundle of gratitude. In her compelling memoir, Sick Girl, Amy delivers a searing insight into the battle to stay alive. And yet, there is also love and humor, and a radiant courage."
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Top customer reviews
I have congestive heart failure and my doctor is suggesting getting a heart transplant.
I was searching the web for both the good and the bad of heart transplantation.
All I could find was the good stories. It seemed like all the information out there from various hospitals and their paid shills was only promoting transplantation. Then I found Amy's book and read it. I got the real cold hard truth of what it's like to live day to day post transplant.
I now am of the persuasion that I don't want to go through with it. Quality of life is just as important as life itself.
It amazes me reading all the posts from people who say she's on a pity-party or ungrateful or what have you.
These people are PERPETUATING THE PROBLEM of having to put on a smiley face all the time when living with a terrible illness.
It's perfectly human and OK to tell it like it is.
Kudos to Amy for being the brave soul that she is.
Unfortunately, there are two sides to every story, and some people only want to hear the happy side.
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Pacing tedious. She basically whines nonstop.Read more