This is How I Save My Life by Amy B. Scher
Publisher: Amy B. Scher (January 2013)
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Amy B. Scher and her new book, This is How I Save My Life-A True Story of Embryonic Stem Cells, Indian Adventures, and Ultimate Self-Healing.
Squeezing In One More: How a Crowded City Helped Me Heal by Amy B. Scher
During my years of suffering with Chronic Lyme disease, it was often a struggle taking more than a few steps on my own. My legs were too weak to hold me; my body resembling a constant teeter-totter. I had brain lesions that caused severe balance issues and a nervous system that barely worked. Yet a big part of my healing ended up taking place halfway around the world by exploring a city scattered with potholes and uneven terrain. Oh the irony…
In 2009, I found myself in Delhi, India, receiving an embryonic stem cell transplant at a very controversial clinic. I went there for one thing—to save my life. But, that adventure turned out to be so much more.
The streets of Delhi were packed in a way that reminded me of an overflowing laundry basket. A laundry basket where you try to fit just one… more… thing… and then one more… because if you stuff it to the brim and squash it down… you know that you can find room. I grew up in a sprawling, suburban neighborhood where many days, you didn’t even see your neighbors. In India, you not only saw them, but while walking past them on the narrow, full sidewalks, you all but became one with them.
The people in this overpopulated city became the familiar faces that gave me comfort in unfamiliar territory. The man on the corner selling carrots; the egg delivery man who frequented the corner store; the postal guy who threw the mail off his bicycle, never stopping to see where it landed; the armed guard at the bank next door to my hospital; the homeless man on the street begging to the same commuters each day.
These are the people who offered me a smile, with every single passing. These are the people who taught me enough Hindi so I could communicate with taxi drivers. These are the people who watched me as I started to heal, being witness to my ability to go just that much further from the hospital doors. These are the people that asked the “white girl” in an all-Indian neighborhood why she was there. These are the people that cared. In an overwhelming city of 16 million, I felt like I had friends everywhere.
While traffic, crowds and germs usually repulse me, something different happened in this city. Something magical. I fell in love.
Every day of my two months there, I built a little more of a life for myself. My schedule became almost meditative from a point of simplicity. I walked to the store and stopped to watch kids play cricket on the street. I sat down on the grass at parks while slowly I became strong enough to get up by myself. I went to scout out vegetables to later boil in the teapot in my hospital room. I chased cravings by miming to shop keepers what food or drink I was looking for. I strolled through the markets, soaking up the colors and utter chaos—and it made me feel alive. It reminded me that time did not stand still while I was sick. When I was home in California, I was in bed more than anywhere else. In Delhi, I was called out into the street. I knew instinctively, there was something for me there. And it wasn’t until about half way through my trip that I realized what it was.
There was a sense of community in the clutter—but not just for its own people. I felt safe. I felt, without knowing anyone by name, loved.
In a city that seemed like it was already beyond its capacity, the people of India taught me there was always room to smile, love, to accept and to heal. They taught me the little things count more than you’d ever imagine. They taught me there is always room… for just one more.
Amy B. Scher is the author of This is How I Save My Life – A True Story of Embryonic Stem Cells, Indian Adventures, and Ultimate Self-Healing (January 2013). With a history of chronic illness, Amy set out to discover the foundation of healing. She is an expert in mind-body-spirit healing with offices in Los Angeles and Monterey, California. She uses energy therapy techniques to help those with chronic illness and those in need of emotional healing to identify, release and move on. Amy is an Ordained Minister of Holistic Healing. She is a frequent contributor to healthcare blogs and has presented to groups including the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Amy lives by the self-created motto: “When life kicks your ass, kick back.” www.HowISaveMyLife.com
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About This is How I Save My Life – A True Story of Embryonic Stem Cells, Indian Adventures, and Ultimate Self-Healing
A fiery young woman with a debilitating and misdiagnosed disease travels to a tiny clinic in India for a controversial embryonic stem cell treatment. On the journey to save her miserably failing body, she finds a world of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, and most importantly, a piece of her life that she never even knew she was searching for.
This is How I Save My Life takes readers on a heartwarming and often hilarious journey as Amy grasps at her last hope for health. Why do some people heal from emotional or physical issues, while others don’t? Through extensive research and her own recovery experience, Amy finds the most important piece for her own healing—the impact of unprocessed negative emotions on our physical bodies. This powerful and uplifting story of sheer determination is for anyone who believes in—or doubts—the existence of miracles and the infinite power of self-healing.
Thank you to Booksparks PR for allowing me to host Amy today.
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