Brain on Fire

My Month of Madness

Cahalan, Susannah

eBook - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Brain on Fire
An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity.

When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?

In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. “A fascinating look at the disease that…could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.

ISBN: 1451621396


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Feb 19, 2015
  • elos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even though this story is a memoir, it has a bit of a mystery feel to it as doctors try to diagnose what is wrong with this girl. Her story is both frightening and inspiring. Parts of this book were impossible to put down.

Dec 16, 2014
  • nanettenielson rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting story, but problems with pacing. I was more interested in the diagnosis process and less in some of the emotional struggle.

I understand though, that the details that I may find mundane may speak to someone who has experienced something along the same lines, or someone who is searching for help with their own struggle or diagnosis.

Dec 01, 2014
  • Lucky_Luke rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A compelling account of a brush with madness, psychosis and catatonia as a result of virus in her brain. She manages to rebuild her life thanks to wonderful support network of family and friends. She was pretty far gone, but ends up as the one who got away.

Oct 07, 2014
  • renea70 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Her ordeal was very scary and the book started strong but then it just kind of dragged on in certain area's for me so I ended up skimming thru a lot of it.

Sep 04, 2014

"Susanah Calahan is a woman to seems to have it all. A good job, great boyfriend, supportive family and friends. But constant headaches, memory lapses that seem mundane worsen, leading to convulsions, momentary dementia and eventual psychosis.

What will it take to find out what's wrong...and will it be done in time before she finds herself institutionalized forever? "
- Susanah Calahan, George Bruce

Jun 13, 2014

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Jun 13, 2014
  • dairyqueen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hard to put down!

Mar 17, 2014
  • sharus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A terrifying look into this woman's month of madness. A must read that will leave a long lasting impression on readers. Watching some of Susannah Cahalan's videos on you tube will give readers another shocking look into what this woman went through.

Dec 10, 2013
  • Keyaans rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very interesting read. The author’s excellent writing skills make the story easy to understand. It also shows that we can come over anything as longs as we and the people around us, believe in us.
I would recommend it to anyone.

Sep 30, 2013
  • writermala rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is the story of the writer's battle with a mysterious illness. Susannah's "weirdness" starts with an innocuous fear of having been bitten by bedbugs to a month long stay in hospital with increasingly major symptoms which defy diagnosis. An illness which costs a million dollars to treat, Susannah is one of the lucky ones. Read about the month long battle with the author, her family, and doctors each treating the illness differently. Will Susannah be back to her old self, or is that gone and lost forever? You'll only know if you read this gripping memoir.

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