Synopses & Reviews
At the young age of thirty-three, Nancy Davis was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The finality of the neurologist's prognosis was devastating: within a year she would be confined to her bed and, at best, able to push the buttons on her television's remote control. Rather than accept a hopeless prognosis, Nancy learned about her illness and, in turn, created a new life for herself with a new health regimen and an expanded range of therapeutic options. In Lean on Me, Nancy shares her deeply personal story and provides a step-by-step guide for taking charge of your own health care in the face of life-threatening disease. Each step offers readers the strategies and strength to carry on when they are feeling overwhelmed and the concrete tools for actively seeking and receiving the best treatment. In the face of a medical crisis, Lean on Me shows how to navigate the health care waters, find hope, take positive action, and celebrate progress -- and supplies authoritative information that can save your life or the life of a loved one.
"Nancy's lesson is fundamentally one of personal empowerment: understand your illness, take control of your health, fight negativism. This is a profoundly important message for patients and physicians alike. Nancy's book should be required reading for all medical students, and health care professionals everywhere."
-- Steven Hauser, M.D., Professor, and Robert A. Fishman, Distinguished Chair, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco
"Straight from the heart, Nancy Davis offers commonsense wisdom about what to do when you get sick. An inspirational and practical book." -- Howard L. Weiner, M.D., professor of neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
"Nancy Davis has written a book that gives the power back to all people with chronic illness. She covers all areas of traditional and alternative medicine, as well as providing the reader with the resources necessary to navigate one's way through the health care system."
-- Michael Galitzer, M.D., President, American Health Institute on Anti-Aging Medicine
"When America made the regretful decision to start treating patients as 'consumers,' a giant need was created for someone to guide us through the greed and bureaucracy that now rules health care, and Nancy Davis has filled that need. Borne of her first-hand struggle with MS, her boundless energy, and epic compassion, this is the book everyone really should read before a health crisis hits you or someone you know."
-- Bill Maher
"Nancy Davis has written the definitive book for anyone who wants to take back their power. Inspiring and moving." -- Jackie Collins
"Nancy Davis has written a book that gives the power back to all people with chronic illness." -- Michael Galitzer, M.D., medical director, American Health Institute
"Born of her firsthand struggle with MS, her boundless energy, and epic compassion, this is the book everyone really should read before a health crisis hits you or someone you know." -- Bill Maher
Outlines a ten-step program for taking charge of one's life after a life-altering or life-threatening health diagnosis, describing the author's experiences with helping sick and injured family members while revealing her own struggles with multiple sclerosis. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
About the Author
Nancy Davis is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. Her most recent work includes titles in the Little Scholastic series for Scholastic, as well as Who's at Home?, Christmas Shapes, and The First Thanksgiving for Little Simon. Nancy resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book
Introduction: "You're Lucky"
Step One Embrace Change
Step Two Fear Less
Step Three Never Take No for an Answer
Step Four Find Your Dr. Right
Step Five Build Your Health Team
Step Six You Are What You Ingest
Step Seven Let's Get Physical
Step Eight Explore Alternative Therapies
Step Nine Tame the Health Care Monster
Step Ten Give Back
Very Necessary Medical Identification Card
Electronic Health Resources
About The Nancy Davis Foundation for MS
About the Author