February was supposed to be the first See Shel X DTG Book Club, but it wasn’t so successful. With busy schedules, plans were never settled, but I still need to tell you about this great autobiography.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
By: Susannah Cahalan
Synopsis: Susannah was a 24-year-old NY Post writer when all of a sudden strange things started to happen. She developed headaches, lost control of her body, lost her memory, and other crazy things. After being misdiagnosed several times, a doctor realizes she has an extremely rare disease that wasn’t known till about four years before.
My review: While reading this book it was hard to remember that it was an autobiography. Susannah was a successful writer when all of a sudden she lost control of her body and memory. I can’t even imagine having all of my goals ripped away from me because of a mystery disease. It’s even harder to imagine that the disease she had wasn’t known until about four years ago. Women were misdiagnosed for depression, psychiatric problem, and other things for some many years.
I also have to mention that while reading this book my hypochondriac mind started wondering. It’s funny now, but I was getting headaches and I kept thinking my memory was going bad.
I recommend this book to everyone. It’s so inspiring that Susannah was able to fully recover and write this book when she could hardly function for a whole month. She is proof that you can do whatever you put your mind to.