A Place to Go: How Scleroderma Changed My Life

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iUniverse, Aug 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 133 pages
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For two years, author Maureen Taylor's health slowly deteriorated as she was pursued by a relentless but mysterious illness. It disfigured her face, turned her hands into claws, and left her skin as hard as a board. In 1988, she finally learned the name of the disease that was ravaging her body: scleroderma. Scleroderma was more than just a disease'it was also Taylor's teacher. It taught her that the world of medicine is a confusing labyrinth and the only map worth using belongs to the patient. Conventional care formed the bedrock of her healing metamorphosis. But useful alternative therapies'from a macrobiotic diet to mildly esoteric herbal remedies to magnetic therapy'proved worthy on countless occasions. Scleroderma taught Taylor to take full responsibility for her physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Nobody else knew her needs as well as she did. After suffering through her share of incompetent and uncaring doctors, Taylor found Dr. Hal Whitman, an astute rheumatologist who knew scleroderma better than most. He worked with Taylor, listened to her suggestions, and evaluated her progress. Together, they forged a path for Taylor's recovery and renewal, a story she shares inA Place to Go: How Scleroderma Changed My Life.
 

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Contents

An End and a Beginning
1
Innocence
5
Coming Home
12
Warning Signs
19
Denial
25
Alone
28
In the Dark
35
Fear
40
Same Play Different Players
63
Defiance
69
Hope
73
One Step Forward Two Steps Back
79
Letting Go
83
Faith in the Unseen
86
A Catalyst for Change
93
Rebirth
99

In Sickness and in Health
45
The Road Back
50
Alternatives
54
A Stranger in My Own Body
59
In the Moment
105
Trust
121
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