Ally was at a breaking point when she woke up in a psych ward at the age of 18. She couldn't put a sentence together, let alone take a shower, eat a meal, or pick up a phone. What had gone wrong? In recent years, she had produced a feature film, a popular reality show for a major network, and had acted in an off-Broadway play. But now Ally was pushed to a psychotic break after struggling since she was seven years old with physical symptoms that no doctor could explain - everything from joint pain to night sweats, memory loss, nausea, and brain fog. A doctor in the psych ward was finally able to give her the answers she and her family had desperately been searching for and the diagnosis that all the previous doctors had missed. She learned that she had Lyme disease - and finally had a breakthrough.
What she didn't know was that this diagnosis would lead her down some of the most excruciating years of her life before beginning her journey to recovery from 11 years of misdiagnosis and physical pain. She would need to find her courage to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally and become the survivor she is today.
Set against the backdrop of the fast-paced fashion and entertainment industries, Bite Me shares the heartbreaking and hilarious stories that moved Ally forward on her journey from sickness to health. Its themes will be familiar to more than 300,000 Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, many of whom, like Ally, wondered for years what was wrong with them. Bite Me offers listeners hope and ideas for how one can transition from victim to survivor and shares the spiritual principles and actions that have contributed to her wholeness as a human, a mother, and an international spokesperson against Lyme disease.
©2016 Ally Hilfiger (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"Bite Me is captivating. Ally recounts her experience battling misdiagnosis and a debilitating tormentor with a humor and power that can inspire us all. She gives a voice to others who are struggling." (Georgia May Jagger)
"Bite Me is a must-read. It is riveting, personal, and well written. Its spiritual message is powerful and inspirational. With love all things are possible." (Russell Simmons)
"Reading Ally's struggle of dealing with the debilitating effects of Lyme disease is a total inspiration. Her cheerful strength of will and determination to rise above the exhausting days of not knowing the way out proves once again that the human spirit can prevail in the most strenuous of circumstances." (Bryan Adams)
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"excellent book, describes her symptoms well as to"
excellent book, she describes her symptoms well in order to educate the public about lyme disease. I am battling lyme myself and could relate to almost everything she mentioned. Also, she did good research which helps substantiate her story with medical facts.
Update from Ally herself in her own words.
Wanted to have current information first and then hear her life story.
"Just what I needed to read"
A readable and enjoyable account of one persons Lyme experience -this was refreshing - prior to this, i only really knew my story , and had yet to read another account so nicely laid out, folded into a narrative. There are are plenty of medical advice books, written by doctors and practitioners, this was much more engaging.
"Strong content, unsure narration"
As someone with this horrible illness, I was grateful for the honest writing and story. Ally's narration was sometimes spot on and funny but the over pronunciation and odd timing of words was a bit distracting and a few times annoying. I'd still recommend this audio book due to the great advocacy it gives.
Very well written and pleasant voice
her voice echoes her battle with Lyme as if it just occurred yesterday. This is so personal. The journey w/ Lyme exhausts one at a cellular level and literally breaks you down. To hear her recount so many episodes of small victories and relapses is like hearing myself tell my story, except I could not find the words to describe u til now
During her darkest moments. Her honesty and raw description of how she felt physically and emotionally. More people need to tell their stories, especially influential celebs such as she, so we can get the help to Lyme victims we desperately need
Thank you Ally!!!
"love! love! love!"
loved it! such a wonderful inspiring book! i have hope that I will get better. highly recommend!
"Profoundly amazing. Every MD needs to read this book."
There are not enough words to describe how amazing this book is. The author bared her soul to share what unfortunately, many experience in an almost shameful silence and ignorance by MD's who misdiagnose them.
Almost everyone fighting this awful disabling disease is not believed, told they are crazy and often watch their lives slip away in almost unbearable pain and suffering.
Please read this book. Give it to your friends, family and to your doctors.
Please believe that when someone lives in constant pain, even though it may not be immediately identifiable, often it is not only real but worse than imagined.
Many who display symptoms similar to those Allie suffered from are treated as psychiatric cases. They are not crazy. . They are quite physically ill. Just wait. Soon enough it will happen to you or to someone close to you.
Thank you for your courage, strength and resilience in writing this book.
Interesting and inspirational and written with voice. I believe that anyone would find Ally's book entertaining and informative, whether Lyme sufferer or non-Lyme sufferer. Full of compassion and determination. I thank her for sharing her story.
Your courage is heartening. Just when I feel like giving up cannot wait to do the focus wheel. . You are a good Queen. Perhaps you could do a wellness workbook next with specifics about diet exercise spiritual practices. Love M.Galt
"I've heard worse"
This book was so bad. For a memoir, it's horribly vague. The main character comes off as insipid and self absorbed. It's an interesting topic told in a horribly boring narrative. The writing is choppy and disjointed. Ally Hilfiger makes random statements, such as "I love the big shopping carts at target, they make me feel like a kid" without explaining them. Not often, but a few times, she mispronounces words. Although I have the utmost sympathy for anyone suffering from a disease, this woman blames absolutely every problem in her life on her Lyme disease, including personality flaws/defects. She definitely did suffer a lot, and it is absolutely true that money can't buy happiness (or health) but her storytelling lacked a level of clarity and detail that allowed me to truly empathize with her.
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