Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness My Month of Madness, Susannah Cahalan
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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Author: Susannah Cahalan

Narrator: Heather Henderson

Unabridged: 7 hr 48 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Highbridge Audio

Published: 11/13/2012

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs


An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman's struggle to recapture her identity.


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AudiobooksNow review by Carolyn on 2013-11-17 18:12:55

What an incredible story! This book had me riveted from page one when Susannah first saw the hospital bracelet that said Flight Risk. I first became interested in reading this book when Susannah Cahalan appeared on the nowdefunct Jeff Probst show. What shame because he gave voice to people like her which you dont see that much on TV talk shows as most hosts are so celebrity obsessed and driven for the superficial and not much substance. But I digress.....The book covers her whole experience from the beginning when she was a successful journalist at the NY POST through her battles and recovery and getting herself back into a normal life. We witness her paranoia, blackouts and seizures while she is still trying to work yet not being able to cope and the heartbreak and frustration of trying to find an answer to her illness where she was told she drinks too much, parties too much, is bipolar or schizophrenic until finally a doctor found she had nonNMDA receptor autoimmune encephalitis which means her body was attacking her brain and causing part of it to be inflamed so her brain was literally on fire. It was heartbreaking to read her struggles and what difficulty her family and friends went through during the time she was sick. After finally getting the right diagnosis she was able to get the treatment she needed and she is one of the fortunate ones who recovered because it doesnt happen for everyone and there is still a death rate of 7 percent. Cahalan also pointed out that many who suffer from other metal disorders or physical illness could also be similarly afflicted and cantt get help they need because of misdiagnosis. As simulating back into the everyday world was a painful and difficult process and makes me realize that some people can be well meaning but ignorant and there but by the grace of God go they. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the working of human body especially the brain and human behavior or those who love a gripping memoir. I even learned about teratoma which I had never heard of before but I am not going to soil the discovery here. It is pretty wild!

AudiobooksNow review by Antonio Salinas on 2017-02-10 07:30:08

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