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This is How I Save My Life

This is How I Save My Life
Amy Scher
Gallery Books, 2018
Source: Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
The true story of a fiery young woman's heartwarming and hilarious journey that takes her from near-death in California to a trip around the world in search of her ultimate salvation. Along the way, she discovers a world of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, an unexpected romance, and, most importantly, a piece of her life she never even knew she was missing.

When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lyme disease, the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life--from the top experts in Los Angeles and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago. After exhausting all of her options in the US, she discovered a possible cure--but it was highly experimental, only available in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her as it did of curing her. Knowing the risks, Amy packed her bags anyway and flew across the world hoping to find the ultimate cure.

This Is How I Save My Life is a powerful and uplifting story of sheer determination for anyone who believes in--or doubts--the existence of miracles when it seems like all hope is lost.


I found This is How I Save My Life on an Elizabeth Gilbert read alike list. It certainly seems similar in the description and the cover features a blurb from her endorsing the book. However, early in the story, Scher wrote that it was not Eat, Pray, Love, a statement with which I agreed.

I almost stopped reading it because it wasn't nearly as introspective. It was a long list of aches and pains and medications. I certainly learned more about Lyme disease, but I wanted to know more about what Scher learned about herself emotionally and psychologically. I really did want to go to India after finishing the book - that was what stuck with me the most. I wanted to see what Scher was describing. After she left India, the rest of the book was almost like an unofficial epilogue. She wrapped everything up nicely, but I wanted to know details about those moments - especially the happy ones - and they were presented mostly as a list.

Overall, This is How I Save My Life wasn't as good as I had hoped, but it wasn't bad, either.

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