'My Enemy, My Friend' Is The Inspiring Story Of One Girl's Battle Against Debilitating Arthritis

‘My Enemy, My Friend' is the powerful inspiring story of a broken girl in a wheelchair with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, the lows and highs of her life,, and how she used her positive attitude to overcome her debilitating disability.
By: Mike Hyman, Collca
 
Feb. 8, 2012 - PRLog -- ‘My Enemy, My Friend' is the powerful inspiring story of a broken girl in a wheelchair who found strength and comfort despite her life changing disability. Diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 2, Lauren Vaknine's anger towards her disability drove her into a rapid downward spiral of self-destruction. Adolescence filled with broken promises and a suddenly deteriorating disease led her to borderline anorexia, depression, drugs and other tremendously traumatic experiences; Lauren recalls these experiences for the first time within this book. 'My Enemy, My Friend' describes this tragic time in her life and how she found the strength and determination to live life on her terms…’

In this most honest and poignant account of a lifetime of illness spanning twenty-five years, the author explores unspoken subjects, such as the deep, underlying emotional issues that ensue through a physical illness and affect everyone close to the person with the illness, not just the person suffering physically. Lauren Vaknine talks openly about this issue and stresses the need for emotional support or counselling to be offered to families of children with chronic illnesses. In Lauren’s case, her family had to find their own way, with no guidance whatsoever and here, she takes a deeper look into how this affected each of them, including herself, where she learns that it was the resentment towards her illness that led her to the darkest of times.

She also illustrates why homeopathy should no longer be considered ‘the last resort’. From a wheelchair-bound eighteen year old taking conventional medication, to a healthy twenty-five year old on nothing but homeopathy and supplements, it raises a few very controversial questions; is it the ‘placebo’ effect and the belief that works or is there more to these time-honoured remedies than we give them credit for? And have Lauren’s spiritual beliefs helped along the way at all? The author tries to understand why she is the only person in her situation with no joint deformities, joint replacements or organ damage. Is it a coincidence?

Whatever your views on spiritual growth and integrated medicine, one thing remains true, Lauren Vaknine’s depiction of emotional and physical pain will make it hard for you to put down this book and any parent, child or person who has ever been ill, will be able to relate to the issues so honestly touched upon in this book.

As one reviewer on Amazon UK put it: "Regardless of your favoured genre, this is a MUST read. Tell all your friends - there are lessons we can all learn from Lauren's experience and attitude."

'My Enemy, My Friend' is available now as an ebook for the Kindle from Amazon, for iBooks from the Apple iBookstore, and for other ereaders in the EPUB format from Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Waterstones, WH Smith and over 85 other ebook retailers around the world.

It is also available as a paperback from Amazon and many other booksellers internationally.

For further information about 'My Enemy, My Friend', visit www.collca.com/memf or contact Mike Hyman at info@collca.com or by phone on +44 1883 712327.

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