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Saving Each Other: A Mother-Daughter Love Story

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  32 reviews
On the surface, Victoria Jackson is the American Dream personified: from a troubled childhood and unfinished high school education she overcame immeasurable odds to create a cosmetics empire valued at more than half a billion dollars. Married to Bill Guthy—self-made principal of infomercial marketing giant Guthy-Renker—Victoria’s most treasured role was mother to three bea ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Vanguard Press (first published October 9th 2012)
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Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I won this book through the first-reads program.

Going into this book I knew nothing about NMO and nothing about Victoria Jackson or Ali Guthy. Leaving this book, I knew a great deal more about all of the above topics.

I'm rather reluctant to give books that I received for free poor ratings, and generally all books begin as three star books for me. As I read the book, it either increases in rating or decreases in rating going along. For me, unfortunately, this book was mostly a one star book. I ga
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at a rare "orphan" disease, NMO, which is similar to MS. The story is told from alternating perspectives of the daughter who has NMO, Ali Guthy, and her mother, Victoria Jackson.

I'm fascinated by all things medical, so thought I'd give this a read, despite not being familiar with the writers. Since I wasn't familiar with Victoria Jackson, I must have had my head under a rock for many years. As I learned from reading this book, Jackson started her own makeup line and became a
Margo Kelly
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I breezed through the first half of this book while sitting in a waiting room full of cancer patients. My husband had some skin cancer removed that day. And frankly, I found SAVING EACH OTHER to be quite self-indulgent and elitist.

Bad things happen to good people all of the time - it's part of life. So why should one person or one family expect differently or expect a free pass to the front of the line when everyone else has to walk through the mud of life? It always amazes me when someone asks
Vikki George
Jan 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
I normally enjoy this type of book and it was a thoughtful gift which I started reading straight away. To say it was a disappointment is an understatement, the book is about a teenagers fight against NMO told from both the Mum and daughters perspective but I found it mostly consisted with the mother name dropping her Hollywood friends name, bragging about her over co ing the odds to become rich and famous with bits of medical info thrown in. I found it very hard to finish.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I don't even know where to start. I saw this book at the library and thought the story sounded amazing, inspiring, even empowering. Then I started reading.

First off, let me say that I do not want my review of this book to define who I think these women are. There is no doubt in my mind that Victoria Jackson is a Supermom; an amazing woman that would do and DID everything she possibly could think of for the love of her daughter. That alone is amazing, and definitely inspiring. I also would n
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Saving Each Other, A Mother-Daughter Love Story by Victoria Jackson and Ali Guthy is better than I expected. Warned by some negative reviews, I was hesitant to state reading this book. A big fan of the TV show, Mystery Diagnosis, I am interested in all rare diseases. NMO or Neuromyelitis Optica is an autoimmune disease that attacks the optic nerve and later the spinal nerves. It can result in blindness, paralysis or even death.

This is the story of Ali Guthy’s struggle with NMO and her mother’s
Wendy Hines
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Saving Each Other is the story of Victoria Jackson, her husband Bill, their boys and their daughter, Ali. When Ali starts to have eye pain, Victoria takes her to the doctor, just like any parent would. But what she is diagnosed with is life-altering - for all of them. Ali is diagnosed with NMO - "Neuromyeltis Optica (NMO) is a little understood, incurable, and often fatal autoimmune disease that can cause blindness, paralysis, and life-threatening seizures, and afflicts as few as 20,000 people i
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story had me in tears. Saving Each Other is about a mother and daughter facing an illness that the daughter, Ali is very touching and I felt for this family every step of the way. This was a book that I couldn't put down, a page turner for sure. I can't imagine going through what they've overcome, but am so glad they shared their story with the world. This book is definitely worth reading and will be another one on my list that I'll be telling my friends and family about. I know a couple of ...more
Francine LaSala
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love stories about people overcoming the odds, and when they're true stories, all the better! This is a pretty amazing book because it's told from two points of view: the mother, Victoria Jackson--not the former SNL nut job--who came from nothing to create a cosmetics empire; and the daughter, Ali Guthy, who has more wisdom in her at barely 20 than most people have at 40. The story is about Ali's diagnosis with a rare auto-immune disease called NMO, and the efforts these two remarkable women h ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A memoir of mother/daughter discovering the diagnosis of a rare disease (orphan disease: NMO), developing a foundation for research toward a cure and their first few years of navigation through treatment and beyond. A hopeful story of getting through a crappy curve ball. A little "elitist" based on the author and her husband's fame and fortune. But, overall, a hopeful story. ...more
Apr 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
I have never heard two more self-absorbed, self-cantered people try to gain symptoms for their story. Their writer’s voice is terrible, only slightly bragging about their rich lifestyle every other sentence, and their actual voices are grating. Mom is gratingly “angry” the whole book and thee daughter sounds like a 6 year old. Perhaps other narrators would have helped with the presentation.
I think this is the worst review I’ve ever written.
Nicki Lee
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love how the stories of mother and daughter perspectives are woven together. I had a personal investment in reading this as I was recently diagnosed with the same illness that they faced. This book delivered renewed hope in my own situation.
Jan Stone
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Saving Each Other: A Mother-Daughter Love Story, by Victoria Jackson and Ali Guthy

Saving Each Other, A Mystery Illness ~ A Search for a Cure, A Mother Daughter Love Story, by Victoria Jackson and her daughter Ali Guthy, sports a title succinctly summing up the 288-page book’s storyline. The journey of a child stricken with a deadly disease and a mom who fights best when the odds are the worst is told with alternating mother/daughter commentary as together they fight Ali’s rare diagnosis of th
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a mom, I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book. Then again, as a mom, I needed to read this book. A mother's greatest fear is something happening to their children. You pray for a healthy baby and when you are blessed with one, you think all your worries are over until, your baby becomes a toddler, then goes off to school and then college, etc. As a mother you are always going to worry about your children, forever. At each stage, you think you have made it and then BAM! there you are in anot ...more
Cindy Hudson
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Victoria Jackson faced every mother's worst nightmare when she was told that her vibrant, seemingly healthy 14-year-old daughter has a rare autoimmune disease and that she may only have four to six years to live. Instead of accepting that diagnosis as inevitable, Jackson set about to change the prognosis by forming a foundation that would bring together experts from around the globe to work on a cure. She and her daughter tell the story of that quest in the book, Saving Each Other: A Mystery Ill ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The 411 by Maria:

In starting this book I was familiar with the name Victoria Jackson the make up artist. I wanted a No Make Up Make Up Kit in the worst way. What I didn't know was anything about NMO Neuromyeltis Optica Spectrum Disease.

When Ali, Victoria's 14 year old daughter ended up with an eye pain that didn't go away, she took her to an eye doctor like any good parent would do. There was inflammation all along the nerve. After many tests and many doctors they received a diagnosis of NMO
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Victoria Jackson is a self made millionaire, who had a troubled upbringing. With a difficult childhood, she finished high school early, married young and was raped by a house intruder. Training as a make up artist, she then started making her own formulas in her garage, which turned into her having huge success selling online. Yet she suffers from self doubt that often holds her back, being afraid to fly and scared that the worst will always happen to her and her family.

So while driving her four
Julie Barrett
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Saving Each Other by Victoria Jackson and Ali Guthy
This book is about a girl in her teens that develops a mystery illness.
Interesting how the book works. Parts of it are told by the daughter and some from the mother's side, as they are going through each day. You get a really good idea of what's going on.
I also have a rare eye illness and have been to the best and I have just learned to live with what I have left.
Lot of doctor terminology and it's up to them as to what treatments they do try. T
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because I got an idea of what it would be like to be diagnosed with a serious illness at a young age. The story was relatable to both mothers and teenage girls because it was told from the perspective of each in alternating chapters. I also learned a lot about NMO, which I had never heard of before reading this book. The story included medical details and descriptions but not enough to bore the reader. I was interested the whole time, wondering if at the end they would find a ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biographies
I always feel bad rating a biography, especially when the subjects have worked through something so difficult. (And it sounds like they've done a lot of good.)

Here's the thing- I just couldn't connect with this book. Honestly, I was a little turned off by the name dropping and everything. It felt a little like they were trying to sell themselves the entire time. Enough already.

On a positive note, I went into this book knowing nothing about NMO and learned so much. Always a good thing.

Would I re
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This incredible story is told from the points of view of both Ali Guthy and her mother Victoria Jackson, which is likely the best approach, allowing the reader to become acquainted with the fighter that is Ali and her biggest champion, her mother. The insights into their fears, cares, struggles, and progress is revealed over a timeline of three years. Saving Each Other not only is an eye opener, but a work of hope for all out there who may be fighting their own battles as patients or loved ones. ...more
A Serious Lover
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Saving Each Other was a touching story of a family pulling out all the stops to save a child with a terminal orphan illness. And this is a privileged family. Along the way they established a foundation for research into a cure and they have had some remarkable results.

There has been considerable bitterness expressed by some reviewers about 'privilege' and the benefits it bestowed in the treatment of this child. There's been little gratitude expressed for the advances in treatment for all suffere
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this mother-daughter memoir riveting. When Ali Guthy is diagnosed at age 14 with NMO, an illness that was considered fatal at the time, their family is devastated (of course.) Ali's mom, Victoria Jackson of infomercial fame, goes into warrior-mom mode and they not only find ways to cope with this illness as a family, but create a foundation to seek the cure. This is a story of a family struggling with a heartwrenching diagnosis in ways that are totally human and typical coupled with extr ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I unfortunately found it hard to sympathize with these people. They seem to be kind of elitist, by which I mean they seem to think they are the only people to go through medical and other struggles, and are therefore special and entitled to move to the front of the line.

The mom in particular seems very keen to share all about her celebrity friends and how she's kind of a big deal now. The daughter's sections are more sympathetic, but overall I can't recommend this book.

I received this books a pa
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and poignant story about a mother's fight to save her teenage daughter from a deadly orphan disease called neuromyelitis optica (NMO). Told from both Victoria Jackson and her daughter Ali Guthy's alternating perspectives it shows the strength and resiliency of both of these extraordinary women.
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Saving Each Other" was a wonderful book. It is a story of a mother and daughter bond that is positive and uplifting. Despite medical problems and struggles, Ali and Victoria are a powerful pair. It is inspiring to read about a positive mother and daughter connection. This is a highly recommended read. ...more
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I semi-enjoyed this mother/daughter memoir about Ali's newly-diagnosed and very rare disease called NMO. It is often fatal, and Ali is only 14. Victoria and her husband join together to start a huge foundation for Ali. It was interesting and sad, but I got really tired of Victoria talking about all her money :/ ...more
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very inspirational story of a mother and daughter's bond through adversity. I remember Victoria Jackson's makeup line from the 1980's. It was nice to read her story. ...more
Molly Panzer
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
compelling read about an illness I was unaware of.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-book, memoir
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