Written in a conversational and brutally honest fashion, Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House is the tale of a woman's quest to find the correct diagnosis. This frank and engaging story takes the reader on journey through her various hospital trips, and procedures, as well as her feeling and emotions that are as real as they are raw. It also introduces them to a quirky cast of characters who go through this 17 year odyssey with her until she finally finds out that she has a rare autoimmune disorder.
"In this hope-filled memoir, a woman rises above the challenges of navigating the modern American medical system. Beamon, a TV journalist, lays herself bare as she frankly discusses her journey through years of suffering as she searches for a diagnosis for her illness. For those with unusual conditions, the road to diagnosis can be filled with disbelieving doctors, seemingly unrelated symptoms, and increasing desperation as the sick person struggles to understand why the body is failing. The author bravely relates all of these things, presenting her growth through long-term pain, her life with chronic illness, and her journey to becoming her own medical advocate in touching and sometimes agonizing detail." - "Publisher's Weekly"
"A saga of dealing with a chronic illness that shows how health intertwines with work, love and life." - "Kirkus Reviews"
"Anyone interested in a medical mystery with a real-life heroine will appreciate MISDIAGNOSED's story and Beamon's long fight to achieve good health--" "IndieReader"
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About the Author
Beamon has been credited as a reference in the several books on television news and has also won many awards throughout her career including a Peabody Award for ABC News' coverage of the September 11th Attacks.
In 2009, Chicago Review Press published her well-received non-fiction book: I Didn't Work This Hard Just to Get Married: Successful, Single Black Women Speak Out. In 2000, she published her first mystery novel, Dark Recesses. In 2002, her second mystery novel, Eyewitness was released.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Searching for the right doctor to get a correct diagnosis for a chronic physical illness, similiar to experiencing a mental illness, can be like searching for a house. This is what Nika Beamon’s life was like going from one doctor to another in searching for the answers to a physical immunological illness that was known as a rare infectious disease. Despite her illness, she did not let it interfere with her work, relationships, and family obligations. She had one man named Bryce, that despite the difficulties in her relationship with him, had been there from the very beginning of her ailments and was very supportive of her. Even though their relationship ended, they remained good friends and she knew that if there was an emergency she could count on him. Her family gave her support too. When Nika’s grandmother died, she remembered what she had said to her about Nika’s condition, “From the day we are all born, we’re dying, so no sense in feeling sorry for yourself. Be thankful. Every day is a gift for each of us.” She also told Nika that she should have faith and that with G-d’s help everything is possible and that one should make the most of the time he or she has been given. Nika never forgot the lesson her grandmother had given her and each day Nika cherishes that life and puts a sense of value and meaning into it. As a result, Nika found the right doctor and her diagnosis. Her story is very similiar towards someone suffering from a mental illness and is one of recovery. Without all the people giving her support, there was no way she would have survived, but she did. She is an amazing journalist, author, and I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read an inspiring story of life that is full of challenges that she succeeded in overcoming.