Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House, a memoir to be released soon

Author and Journalist Nika C. Beamon Pens New Memoir, Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House
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NEW YORK - July 2, 2014 - PRLog -- What would you do if an unknown assailant came after you you every day?

Would you surrender?


Would you fight back?

Nika chose to fight.

She found out the name of her mysterious attacker.

It wasn’t a man.

It was a disease… an autoimmune disease.

Autoimmunity is the underlying cause of more than 100 serious, chronic illnesses.

{Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) }

50 million Americans are living and coping with autoimmune disease

(American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association)

More than 75 percent of them are women.

(American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association)

Nika battled for nearly two decades to put a name to the mysterious ailment that ravaged her body.


Because she was Misdiagnosed.

It can happen to you too.

Roughly 12 million adults who visit U.S. doctors' offices and other outpatient settings are misdiagnosed.

(study published in British medical journal BMJ Quality & Safety)

This is about one in 20 people every year.

(Study published in British medical journal BMJ Quality & Safety)

Half of those errors could lead to serious harm.

(study published in British medical journal BMJ Quality & Safety)

Nika chronicles her struggle in the new memoir: Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House. She also gives tips to readers about how to avoid safe. Caregivers can also learn some helpful ways to be there for their chronically ill loved one.

MISDIAGNOSED is an eye-opening, fascinating account of a brave journey through the labyrinth of American medicine. Beamon draws the reader in skillfully, and gives us a close up view of the power of human persistence.

Marya Hornbacher

Hornbacher is a Pulitzer Prize and Pushcart Prize nominated author. Her bestselling books include: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia; Madness: A Bi-Polar Life and Waiting: A Non-Believer's Guide to a Higher Power.


How long can my body endure all the invasions by doctors?   Nika Beamon’s cry is heard throughout Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House. That doc does not exist, of course, but the author’s journey across hazardous terrain in the medical jungle did.  Her misery being mangled by modern medicine provides lessons on arming ourselves for the battles many of us face.

Richard M. Cohen is the New York Times Best Selling author of Blindsided and Strong at the Broken Places.


This is a book is a “must read” for all doctors and healthcare professionals...  Enigmatic to most physicians, devastating to patients, the stuff of science fiction, and limitless in presentation; autoimmune diseases are the frontier of medicine in the 21st century.  They demand an understanding of complex science and while practicing the art of medicine with compassion…Read Nika’s story to understand why patients long for a diagnosis.

Robert G. Lahita MD, PhD, FACP, MACR, FRCP
Chairman of Medicine and VP, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ


“Misdiagnosed” is a gripping medical detective story. It could be a fictional episode of “House” from the patient’s perspective, but this story is real. It is a raw telling of Nika Beamon’s journey through high-tech American health care. Just as she recounts stripping naked for doctors’ probes and surgeons’ scalpels, Beamon bares hers physical and emotional tribulations to readers.

Andrew Holtz, MPH Editor-In-Chief, HoltzReport

Author,  The Medical Science of House, M.D.


"Nika's book is a well written, eye opening, call to action. An inspiring, yet alarming story that lets us know that even in our darkest and most alone moments, that we are not alone."

Wes Moore

Bestselling author, “The Other Wes Moore.”


…Everyone with an invisible illness, whether named or not, will relate to Nika Beamon's hidden dramas in her life, dealing with the daily frustrations of a mysteriously uncooperative body -- and then, often worse, with an ill-equipped, punishing medical system…

Paula Kamen

Author of All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache


...I truly enjoyed reading this book, not just because it was relatable to the stories I hear a lot from women, but because you incorporated your personal trials into it as well.

...I believe it will truly help someone as they are on the quest for their own.  More people need to realize that doctors truly don’t know everything and that doctors can be learning about a patient’s illness right along with them!

Shaniqua D. Seth

Health Communications Manager, National Women's Health Initiative

Author Biography:

Nika C. Beamon is a TV News Writer/Producer in New York. She pursued a BA in Communications and a BA in Sociology at Boston College in Massachusetts.

Beamon has been credited as a reference in the several books on television news and has also won many awards throughout her career including a Peabody Award for ABC News’ coverage of the September 11th Attacks.

In 2009, Chicago Review Press published her well-received non-fiction book: I Didn’t Work This Hard Just to Get Married: Successful, Single Black Women Speak Out. In 2000, she published her first mystery novel, Dark Recesses. In 2002, her second mystery novel, Eyewitness was released.

To go on Nika’s journey with her, buy Misdiagnosed.

To find out how you can save yourself, buy Misdiagnosed.


Nika C. Beamon

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