Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Susannah Cahalan is a successful reporter for the New York Post.  She begins experiencing paranoia and is unable to control her emotions. Her coworkers become concerned and send her to the doctor.  This starts a month of doctor visits, hospital stays, and many different diagnoses and treatments.  She finally tests positive for a rare autoimmune disease where her body is basically attacking her brain.  This extremely rare disease has only been known since 2007.  She documents her experiences, piecing together her month of madness by interviewing doctors, family, and friends, watching videos, and reading her own journal entries.  Hopefully Brain on Fire will help others who have this scary disease and get them the help they need.