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Jennifer's Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease--What Doctors Don't Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Againby Jennifer Esposito
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The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness estimates that as many as one in 133 Americans has celiac disease. Unfortunately, 83 percent of people who have this terrible disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed—suffering through years of pain and misunderstanding. Award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito was one of those 83 percent, receiving an accurate diagnosis only after decades of mysterious illnesses and myriad misdiagnoses.
Now Jennifer shares her riveting personal journey—from her earliest memories of her childhood in Brooklyn to her years as a young actress, all the while suffering from unexplained, devastating ailments. Jennifer's struggle to finally receive an accurate diagnosis is one that anyone who has a chronic disease will share. But this is more than a story of suffering. It is the story of one woman's valiant journey to take charge of her health and rebuild her life.
Not only will you learn from Jennifer's personal story, the book also guides you through early diagnosis, sharing the steps that helped Jennifer heal. Plus, you'll find recipes she uses at home, along with recipes for some of the delicious treats she offers at her own gluten-free bakery, Jennifer's Way, in New York.
For anyone struggling with a chronic illness, Jennifer's Way is proof that you can find an answer to what is wrong with you, that you shouldn't stop until you find it, and that you can learn how to truly live again.
"In this memoir, Esposito recounts her struggle with crippling health problems and her experience being diagnosed with celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder that makes her allergic to gluten) at age 35. It's hard to sustain sympathy for the actress-turned-gluten-free-bakery owner, who spends much of the book railing about how others have doubted, ignored, and misunderstood her condition. However, her rags-to-riches story will keep readers turning pages. Esposito grew up on Staten Island and moved to Manhattan, where she waitressed while taking acting classes. Eventually she was discovered and her career took off, with roles in movies like Crash, as well as television shows like Spin City and Samantha Who? The second section of the book is a helpful guide for living with celiac disease, with tips on eating out and dating, as well as appealing recipes. As Esposito writes, 'It takes a village of celiacs to help anyone learn how to thrive with this illness.' Her story will no doubt appeal to her fans and others with chronic health issues, though her advice to fellow celiac sufferers (rotation dieting, sprouting grains, juicing) may seem daunting for those on a restricted budget. Agent: Kari Stuart, ICM. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Actress (Blue Bloods, Samantha Who?, Crash) and celiac spokesperson Jennifer Espositos memoir of her diagnosis and coming to terms with her debilitating disease—offering hope to anyone who suffers from a chronic illness.
Celiac disease afflicts as many as one in 133 Americans. Unfortunately, 83 percent of them are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, suffering through years of pain and misunderstanding. Award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito was one of them, only receiving an official diagnosis after decades of mysterious illnesses and misdiagnoses. In Jennifers Way, Esposito shares her personal journey, from her childhood in Brooklyn and years as a young actress to her struggle for an accurate diagnosis and quest to take charge of her health. She also offers critical tips and strategies for managing daily life with a chronic condition.
[Espositos] rags-to-riches story will keep readers turning pages…The second section of the book is a helpful guide to living with celiac disease.”
Award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito tells a riveting personal story about her own journey and experience with chronic illness, and her long-awaited diagnosis: celiac disease. Armed with this knowledge, she vowed to rebuild her life to ensure her wellness, and she learned how to live again.
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness estimates that as many as 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease, and 83% of people who have it are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions. Jennifer received an accurate diagnosis only after decades of mysterious illnesses and misdiagnoses. Upon being diagnosed with celiac disease, she dedicated herself to advocacy through her nonprofit foundation for celiac education, Jennifer's Way. She also owns and operates a gluten-free bakery called Jennifers Way in Manhattan.
Jennifer, who starred in the Oscar-winning film Crash and CBSs Blue Bloods, will not let her diagnosis deter her--or anyone else--from living a successful and healthy life. She provides hope for all those who suffer. For anyone struggling with a chronic illness, Jennifer's Way is proof that there is a solution for what ails you, that you shouldnt stop until you find it, and that you can feel good again.
About the Author
Jennifer Esposito is an award-winning actress who has appeared in Crash (which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2005), Spike Lee's Summer of Sam, Dont Say a Word, Welcome To Collinwood, and Taxi, to name a few. She also appeared on Michael J. Fox's hit series Spin City and most recently starred in the primetime CBS show Blue Bloods. Esposito's life beyond the screen has become dedicated to advocacy and education about celiac disease, which has become her life's purpose. As such, she founded Jennifers Way, a popular blog that talks about everything from healthy gluten-free eating, to food additives, and personal stories. From her home in NYC, Jennifer tirelessly answers emails from people in need of guidance about celiac disease and food concerns. Jennifer has also founded Jennifer's Way Foundation for Celiac Education, which is a non-profit organization promoting advocacy and education. JennifersWay.org
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