The publication of Sick Girl garnered tremendous attention, generated impressive sales, and ignited controversy. Both inspiring and provocative, reactions to the book ranged from inflammatory posts on a US News & World Report blog to hundreds of letters to a full-page review in People. Amy's force, her candor, and her refusal to be the thankful patient from whom we expect undiluted gratitude for the medical treatments that have extended her life have put her at the center of a debate on patient rights and the omnipotent power of doctors.
At 24 Amy was a typical type-A law student: smart, driven, and highly competitive. With a full course load and a budding romance, it seemed nothing could slow her down...until her heart began to fail. Amy chronicles her harrowing medical journey from the first misdiagnosis to her astonishing recovery, which is made all the more dramatic by the romantic bedside courtship with her future husband and her uncompromising desire to become a mother.
In her remarkable book she presents a patient's perspective with shocking honesty that allows the reader to live her nightmare from the inside--an unforgettable experience that is both disturbing and utterly compelling.
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About the Author
Amy Silverstein is the author of Sick Girl, which won a "Books for a Better Life Award" and was a finalist for the Border's Original Voices Award. She earned her Juris Doctor at New York University School of Law, has served on the Board of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), and is an active speaker and writer on women's health issues and patient advocacy. She lives in New York.
Eileen Stevens is a voice-over actress living and working in New York City whose voice can be heard on cartoons, promos, programs for English-language learners, and audiobooks. She has voiced Iris on Pokémon. An Earphones Award-winning narrator, she has also directed and produced audiobooks for over six years.