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"... an 'Eat Pray Love'-like memoir..." - Pam Grout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"I was drawn to Amy's story immediately... I was rooting for her victory, her recovery, regaining some semblance of a normal life. This Is How I Save My Life shows her determination in the faith-invoking journey. Going beyond treatment became something even deeper, something within." - San Francisco Book Review

"With passionate emotional honesty interlaced with touches of humor, This is How I Save My Life exposes the stark realities of Lyme Disease and takes us on one woman's journey of desperation, hope and survival against all odds. Amy's story needs to be told. She's truly an enlightened voice of inspiration for those suffering from chronic illness."- Joanna Kerns, Actress and Director

"Scher opens your eyes to new possibilities. She brings you into her soul as she travels the bumps in the road." - Library at the End of the Universe

"To me, what is special is Amy's mind-body-spirit journey that accompanied her stem-cell treatment and return to health. Her story is much more than stem cells merely being injected into her in an exotic foreign location; it is one of a transformation of consciousness that allowed these cells to flourish." - Laurance Johnston, Ph.D, Spinal Cord Injury Expert and Author

"I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is in the market for a very inspirational story." - Chic Lit Central Review

From the Author

From a young age, I meditated, studied Buddhism (my friends called me a 'Jewddha' - a Jewish/Buddhist hybrid), wore dresses over jeans adorned with crystal jewelry, and embraced meditation; a hippie-at-heart. But, despite being an avid follower of spiritual and self-help gurus such as Ram Dass, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Donna Eden, the Dalai Lama, Caroline Myss and more, it wasn't until I was forced to save my own life that I really understood the purpose of the spiritual journey.

When I took my first trip to India in 2007 for a controversial medical treatment, I never imagined the spiritual and emotional caravan I would embark on. Being a part of the cows, the colors and the culture in Delhi allowed me to embrace a journey of true transformation--one that I carried with me and continued long after I arrived back home in California.

The mind-body-spirit connection and all that it encompasses was one of the unexpected gifts I received from my pilgrimage in India. It turns out there is more to health than the physical body.

While I've been writing ever since I can remember, I never imagined as a little girl, my first book would be about this. Lyme disease entered my life without warning, seemingly almost destroyed it, but in the end turned out to be the catalyst for me finally becoming the person I was always intended to be. That, I've learned is the coolest thing about life though. It gets you right to where you need to be, even if it's a twisty, scary, ride that sometimes seems to be going nowhere.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Amy B. Scher (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988498804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988498808
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a no-holds-barred story of a spunky young lady's healing journey and adventures. It is honest, gritty, amusing and inspirational. You just fall in love with her attitude. The ending is also quite insightful. I recommend this book to anyone whether you are on your own healing journey or just looking for a good story.
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This story kind of reminds me of Eat Pray Love. Just in the fact that with her illness she found herself. It is a journey of healing, love, and life and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an uplifting true story that will make Inspire you to follow your heart! I thank BookSparks PR for allowing me to be on this wonderful tour!
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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The swath of chronic Lyme symptoms and loss of function encompassed by this little understood disease are frightening, and lack of consistent, effective treatments should be perturbing to all. With the increasing incidence of Lyme disease, all of us might benefit from more vigorous study and support of cases that go beyond control with antibiotics soon after infection.

Amy Scher describes her trip to India for stem cell treatment, which seemingly helped her overcome gross symptoms of chronic Lyme disease. Autoimmune, neurological, and physical debilities all contribute to misunderstanding and poor treatment of this disease, to whom Ms. Scher's story offers somewhat exotic possibilities for relief.Embryonic stem cell treatments gave her the strength and hope she needed to make headway against the disease with some remarkable results. As an energy healer today, she continues to use and recommend a variety of energy methods and medicines to live a more normal, healthy life.

Amy's book is well-worth reading for what she goes through to obtain treatment in India and how that treatment affects her disease modalities. Some of the entries throughout the book are from the author's blogs and diaries during her treatment time with less emphasis and time given to progress after that treatment phase. Still, the subject matter carried my interest and gave plenty of pause for thought..

Chronic Lyme sufferers deserve concerted US Public Health funding and support of affordable care for all who need it.
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I bought this book hoping to gain some insight into dealing more successfully with chronic Lyme disease. I was not disappointed. I was inspired by Amy Scher's determination to do whatever it took to get well. It took her a while to embrace her Indian doctor's belief that she had the power to heal herself. When she finally knew this to be true, she was able heal. The author's life seems to have been changed forever by her healing journey. I appreciate all of the insights she shared about how she accomplished this healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. She now offers energy therapy for emotional healing. I think my next move will be to try this with her.
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I appreciated the authors style, humor at appropriate levels, and her courage to move into the unknow. God has her on a journey (and has for some time) and I am thankful for what she shared. Indeed I would recommend this book to others with Lyme disease.
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I have Lyme and like many Lymies I have read an awful lot of books about it. We sort of have to become our best advocates because each specialist for the Body System Of The Day that breaks down pigeon holes you into their specialty somewhere and you end up with 20 different diagnosis with as many different treatments. This book was fascinating although I wish instead of re-publishing blog entries she would have used those as a springboard to write something a bit more detailed. This should not be seen as a negative though. I only say this because this book was riveting and I wanted more.

Having said all of that, her triumph of spirit and soul and the honest, frank self-realizations she shares are inspiring. I am so thankful that I got this book. I am so thankful that Amy went first and wrote about it, sharing it with so many people. I am so thankful that at a time when I needed to hear about my own responsibilities I got smacked in the head three times from three different places just to be sure I listened (and this book was one of those places).

It isn't preachy or self professing. She simply tells her journey towards health physically, emotionally and spiritually (not necessarily in a religious way btw).
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Would have liked less of her blog and more of her story and revelations about healing mind-body, seeing things differently and letting go. Would have enjoyed hearing about her life, relationships, work prior to being ill, during her illness and after. She shared some great insights at the end of her book that are sweet nuggets of wisdom; and for those that want a very detailed account of her treatments will be satisfied. She is smart, determined, humorous/sarcastic and a go-getter. It felt like two different writing styles and two different people as the book came to an end. Perhaps on purpose but didn't flow entirely well for me. Also curious (as I imagine others are) where she obtained the funds over the years to pay for her enormous medical bills, HBOT, meds, etc. Maybe none of my business, tho curioys. As a chronic pain/degentive disease person myself, she did a great job relaying what's its like to live day by day with a debilitating condition. Overall a good read and loved the resources at the end. P.S. I too have gone down the mainstream and holistic healing paths, spent money I thought I didn't have :) and have learned the art of letting go...or am continually learning the lesson! Thank you for sharing your interesting journey. Sidebar...have since been following her website and FB page, and find them excellent in content, style, communications and resources.
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