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October 4, 2012

Saving Each Other: A Mother-Daughter Love Story Book Review & Giveaway -- ENDED

Victoria Jackson is the American Dream personified. From a modest and troubled background she rose to create a half-billion dollar make-up empire, yet her greatest achievement is and always will be her three children. 

When Victoria's daughter, Ali, was diagnosed with a rare and incurable autoimmune disease, Neuromyeltis Optica (NMO), Victoria found herself awake and very much alive in her own worst fear. At the age of 14, her daughter was given four to six years to live. 

With no research on NMO, Victoria worked day and night to bring together a team of the world’s top experts on autoimmune diseases to create the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation. A foundation fueled solely by a mother’s tenacity and dedication, GJCF now includes more than fifty of the world’s leading medical professionals from Stanford, Harvard, and the Mayo Clinic. 

Saving Each Other is the extraordinary journey of a mother and daughter who demonstrate how the power of love can transcend our greatest fears and overcome the impossible.
100 percent of all proceeds from this book directly support scientific and clinical research for NMO.

To learn more about the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation please visit: http://www.guthyjacksonfoundation.org/
"Sometimes we're given a physical or spiritual challenge that we have no idea how we're going to rise to. In this riveting account of a mother-daughter love story and their urgent search for a cure, we're made aware of the power that dwells inside utter necessity. By the end of this book, you'll laugh, cry, rage, and rejoice . . . and you'll feel that lovely connection to life that you only get when you pass through your dark night of the soul."
-- Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of Quantum Wellness and The Lean
"Any parent or child will be moved and inspired by this story of how love and dedication can conquer pain and fear; a vivid reminder that there is nothing more powerful or enduring than the bond of mother and daughter."
-- New York Times bestselling author Rob Lowe
"This is a spectacular and gripping story of personal courage and entrepreneurial creativity, involving a mother and daughter. It is a story of medical researchers and disease detectives working hard to cure a young woman's frightening disease. The saga is ongoing, exciting and full of drama and hope."
-- Larry Steinman MD, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics Stanford University and Chairman of Immunology 2002-2011
"I once said that life is found in the dance between your deepest desire and your greatest fear. Saving Each Other is about a pathway where two women face their greatest fears and experience their deepest desires together as they take on an incurable disease. It's quickly obvious this disease is no match for the powerful combination of a mother's love and devotion with a child's hope, determination and will. You will be moved and inspired as you go on a journey with these two extraordinary women and find newfound courage within yourself."
-- Anthony Robbins, New York Times bestselling author, internationally-acclaimed speaker, and peak performance expert
"Saving Each Other is a love story, a medical mystery, and also the proof we badly need that cooperation beats competition every time. This is an irresistible book that inspires readers -- and could reform experts."
-- Gloria Steinem
"I've made a career telling inspirational women's stories. This real life story is a triumph. Saving Each Other is about a mother and daughter bonding over love, maturity and survival. Victoria and Ali, two people I've admired for years, have written an incredibly moving and important story that must be shared."
-- Garry Marshall
"The unstoppable power of these two extraordinary women is an unforgettable and inspirational experience you will carry in your heart forever."
-- Dustin Hoffman
"As a woman, mother, and close friend of the authors, I find this story deeply moving on so many levels. The work that I've seen Victoria, Ali, and the foundation undertake has been extraordinary, especially in bringing doctors together to share ideas and create a dialogue that wasn't there before. As their experts grow closer to finding better, more effective treatments for this disease, they can open the door for solutions to many other diseases -- and that's just incredible!"
-- Reese Witherspoon
"Saving Each Other is a testament to a mother's incredible strength and a daughter's unshakable courage. However, it is so much more than that. The Guthy/Jackson family's journey in fighting Ali's disease -- and their refusal to give up -- is beyond inspirational; it is truly one of the greatest love stories I've ever read. This wonderful book will make you laugh and cry. But most of all, you will cheer for this amazing family's unfailing tenacity and hope in the face of enormous obstacles and fear. Their fight will ultimately help save countless other lives."
-- Sherry Lansing, CEO, The Sherry Lansing Foundation
Our Review:
This is a book that documents how one disease forced a family to take on a difficult journey and bought them closer together than they ever were before. Ali, Victoria's Daughter, fell ill and was diagnosed with a disease without a cure or hopes. While Victoria felt helpless, confused at times, she was able to pull herself together and provide her daughter the strength she needs in order to deal with life threatening NMO. Ali's initial reaction was going into denial and refusing to even learn the name of disease she has. The book is written from both Ali's as well as Victoria's respective. It is amazing to read how a young girl sounds so mature when faced with NMO. Victoria, on the other hand, is a mother who will go to the end of the world to save her daughter. Her writing takes you right to those difficult moments in their lives and allows the readers to be a part of it. From the phone call she received from the doctor about the NMO diagnose to seeing NMO's attacks on her daughter's body, this is a book that shows you how a mother daughter bond is unbreakable and forever. 
To buy this great book and help with the NMO research, please pre-oder the book here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593157339/

Many thanks to Vanguard Press. The publisher has generously offered 1 copy of Saving Each Other: A Mother-Daughter Love Story as a giveaway prize to one of my lucky readers. This giveaway ends on Oct 18th, 2012. 

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Jodie Alejaga said...

Because, I want to read the book and make a review out of it and post it on my blog!

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Kimberly said...

Love true life success stories

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tawndam said...

I'd like to read this book because, well... not every illness has the same name, but they can be just as devastating

tawndam said...

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Beth R said...

Looks like a great book about overcoming bad things that can happen