Holding On For Dear Life: What My Fatal Diagnosis Taught Me About Living

Holding On For Dear Life: What My Fatal Diagnosis Taught Me About Living


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Holding On For Dear Life: What My Fatal Diagnosis Taught Me About Living by Liz DeVivo, Domenick Russo Jr.

In 2000, Liz DeVivo was a young mother and a Social Worker when she became ill with Scleroderma. Months later, she was devastated when diagnosed with another rare disease, severe Pulmonary Hypertension. The two rare illnesses made for a very poor prognosis and her health rapidly deteriorated, her only hope became a transplant. She blends her story with practical and beautiful insights on coping and surviving a catastrophic illness. Her book encourages and outlines the practical steps necessary to become an active participant in your own health care and includes a section on what health care professionals can do to help engage patients into a healing relationship. What follows is an uplifting, sometimes funny, heartbreaking, gritty and raw tale of how she made it through not only her illnesses, but her transplant and all the bumps, small pebbles and huge boulders, along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692755129
Publisher: Liz Devivo
Publication date: 09/13/2013
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 1,238,513

About the Author

Liz DeVivo lives in Upstate New York, but was born and raised in Woodside, Queens. She is a mother, a heart and double lung transplant recipient, a social worker, speaker, therapist and holistic life coach. She holds an MSW from the State University of New York in Albany and a Masters in Social Sciences from Binghamton University. She missed most of her thirties due to illness and now is happily making up for lost time.

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Holding On For Dear Life: What My Fatal Diagnosis Taught Me About Living 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the beginning of the book, we find out about Liz, a young woman with all the hopes and aspirations of a fairly new mother, who is soon diagnosed with a terminal illness. Liz takes us along on her journey of grueling tests, medical procedures and the anxiety of waiting for organ donations, all the while conducting herself with all the pose and grace of a true hero. This account of her ordeal is hard at times, but also filled with great wit and love for life. She is a true inspiration not only for those who are facing similar ordeals, but for anyone of us – a perfect reminder that life is precious and each moment is a gift that we should be ever grateful for. Thank you, Liz, for sharing your experience with the world. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having spent 2 or 3 years together as teenagers as members of The First All Children's Theatre, I can say that I know Liz personally. She was an upbeat, positive person back then, and I think this attitude has helped make it possible for her to survive this difficult & devastating period of her life. I recommend this book, not because I know (and love) her, but because I feel that this book would have moved me to tears regardless of that. She tells her story so simply, with humor, but without self-pity. I have discussed her story with my own three daughters (ages 19 - 23), and have suggested that they read it themselves. I'm sure it would help them put their own lives in perspective and see their priorities more clearly, as it has for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liz writes an amazing story of her journey through transplants with grace and strength. She gives good advice on how to navigate the medical system and how to be your own advocate. Her honesty provides both hope and insight to doctors and patients alike. Highly recommended!