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Schecter's intimate recounting of her life-changing struggle with systemic lupus is a riveting journey of courage and determination. The author admits early on that "there is no happy ending," but her frank declaration belies a tenacious will to survive. As the disease progresses, Schecter, a children's book and TV programming writer, explores medicinal alternatives like "hypnosis and trance work," but soon succumbs to the physical demands of her illness; a cane, 26 pills, and eventually "hideous metal crutches with arm cuffs" become a part of her daily effects. Rallying every "spiritual, pharmaceutical, psychological, and physical" resource available, Schecter resolutely continues to go through the motions of a normal life, at least to the extent that she is able-at an excruciating housewarming party, for which the author arrayed her "deteriorating silhouette... in flowing black silk and pearls," she is roundly snubbed by each guest, though she candidly points out her own dismissal of another party-goer sequestered in a wheelchair. Schecter's epiphany-that loss begets gratitude-is unsurprising, but her unsparing prose amounts to a fierce, funny, and inspirational story.
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