A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the Darkness

by Lisa A. Sniderman


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What can we do when we struggle with an illness that doesn't go away?

An inspirational story of the healing power of music, creativity, following your dreams and finding your true purpose.

In 2008, singer-songwriter Lisa Sniderman was living the dream in California. As Aoede, the Muse of Song, her star as a gifted recording artist was rising fast. Lisa’s quirky folk-pop performance style electrified audiences up and down the West Coast, and the albums just kept flowing. But just when her career was rocketing skyward, a health crisis brought all of her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating immune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams, new songs, and new opportunities. Lisa’s story is for you if you seek strength, new inspiration, hope, joy, healing, and if you or someone you love struggle with a chronic illness, disability, or unexpected life events. Her insights and reflections on her journey inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681605579
Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing
Publication date: 09/21/2018
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Lisa Sniderman, also known as Aoede, is a 45 year old award-winning, quirky, folk-pop artist, playwright, teaching artist, voice actor, author and filmmaker from San Francisco who creates to heal. She has been honored with more than 80 awards for songwriting, audiobooks and stage plays since 2012 against a fierce obstacle - while suffering from a rare autoimmune disease: dermatomyositis, a progressive muscle weakness disease. Living with a chronic illness, Sniderman creates, records, and shares her original musicals, art, books and music as a healing path and to give back, and seeks to use her gifts and experience to be a light and a muse. Says Sniderman, "Music and art are my lifelines, and I just cannot stop creating."

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


What You Got


A Gift in Disguise.

CHAPTER 1. Struggling with a Body in Revolt

CHAPTER 2. Acknowledging My Limitations.

CHAPTER 3. Redefining Success.

CHAPTER 4. Facing My Fears.

CHAPTER 5. Following My Bliss.

CHAPTER 6. Putting Myself out There.

CHAPTER 7. Surrounding Myself with Cheerleaders.

CHAPTER 8. Finding Positive Role Models.

CHAPTER 9. Celebrating My Abundance.

CHAPTER 10. Keeping My Dreams Alive.

CHAPTER 11. Being a Light in the Darkness.

What Makes a Hero.


Questions for Reflection.


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A Light in the Darkness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 8 months ago
Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude is a memoir by Lisa A. Sniderman, an award-winning singer-songwriter, artist, and playwright. Sniderman was diagnosed in 2008 with a rare, incurable autoimmune disease called dermatomyositis (DM). Just as she was becoming recognized in her field and opportunities were opening up, she found herself canceling performances due to the debilitating effect of the disorder. Over the next decade, Sniderman developed strategies and techniques to live life to the fullest within this new framework. Her techniques center on cultivating an attitude of joy and hope, using the healing power of artistic expression, and having a positive support system. Lyrics, quotations, photographs, and illustrations capture her inspirational journey. Questions for reflection and a list of resources on chronic illness are also provided. In A Light in the Darkness, Sniderman answers a question that any of us could face: What can we do if we have an illness or disability that doesn’t go away? In a frank and practical approach, she addresses the fear, the uncertainty, the stress, and the depression that accompany such a question and shares the details of her struggle with it. Her writing style is straightforward and engaging. I like her “Life Lessons for Living Well with Chronic Illness” and the focus on simple tools such as engaging in art, surrounding yourself with positivity and humor, meditating in nature, accepting a slower pace, and being kind to yourself to reduce stresses that can trigger inflammation. “Living well with a chronic illness requires physical, emotional, and spiritual support,” she writes. “I keep my spirits high and fill my head and heart with love, gratitude, humor, and a positive attitude. This has carried me through the darkness of my DM.” Truly inspiring. Highly recommended.
SteveEulberglovestoread More than 1 year ago
"Creating transforms the lens through which I see the world." Lisa Sniderman's new book shines a light in the darkness of deep disruption: a body that is afflicted with a puzzling condition that tries to coax the mind and soul into the pit of despair and isolation. An award-winning singer-songwriter who built a following with her art and her persona Aoede (the muse), Lisa found this character inspired her to recreate her life and career after surviving a debilitating illness. "Creating transforms the lens through which I see the world," she writes. Lisa quotes the African proverb: "When the music changes, so does the dance." And then she describes quite honestly and clearly the new moves and steps that she has taken in the new dance which have helped her not only to heal, but to thrive and inspire others to heal and thrive. While this dance is intensely personal, it is not a solo, and Lisa celebrates the web of relationships that all the dancers and music makers have contributed and shared to carry her through and forward. As a fellow musician, and a cancer survivor myself, I find many connections from her story to my own transformation and survival. Creating has been the light to my path as I go forward with eagerness and hope. It is tempting, in the post-critical status after an illness or medical episode, to slide into rhythms that cause us to become distant from our own experience. Reading this book sent me digging through my own journals and poring over 5 years of Caring Bridge posts to recall all the hands of hope that lifted me up and set me back on my feet, with some new rhythms in my step. I am grateful for these reminders and am excited about what is coming next, thanks to the light that this book shines in my own darkness.