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Saving Each Other by Victoria Jackson
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Oct 19, 2012

it was amazing
Read in October, 2012

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 in the world."

But not one to let the devastating news get them down, Victoria decides to fight. Victoria learns everything she can about the disease and tries to move heaven and earth to save her child. Ali knows how much her parents love her, and she works valiantly to be optimist with her prognosis. Victoria uses her keen business sense and sets up a foundation so that others out there will learn about this disease and not be blindsided like she was.

Not only do they have people researching the cure for NMO, but also other auto-immune diseases that have helped many. A strong faith, a powerful family bond of love, strength and determination set the tone for this page turning novel. It's inspiring, but make sure you have some tissues handy. One of the best quotes in the book that has resonated with me is by Lena Horne - "It's not the load that breaks you down, it's how you carry it." Pretty much like "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger", but I like how this one really captures the moment of this inspiring book.

At the end of the book, there is acknowledgments by Victoria and Ali, as well as things that Victoria feels that we need to know if your struggling through NMO, as well as more information about the foundation she has set up. Heart-warming, emotional and inspiring, Saving Each Other is a book every parent should read, but it's also a wondrous journey of a mother and daughter facing their greatest fears and the love they share.

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