11th Hour Miracles!: Surviving a Bone Marrow Transplant
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An amazingly TRUE, faith-promoting story Mar 27, 2007
By C. Tsaturyan
The most beautiful thing about this story is the fact that it is true. The author endured many hardships along her journey, but she was also accompanied by a great deal of kindess and compassion (and, of course, a number of miracles). Through her ordeals, we learn something about the human experience in general, along with the importance of appreciating and finding joy in life.
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Inspiration at its Best May 12, 2007
By Selma A. Eisenstat
Analisa is a modern day hero with her strength and faith inspiring all of us to conquer our personal trials and heartaches in life. Her story and determination will always be a guide and inspiration to me throughout my life. Thank you Analisa!!
Agreed, but... current? Jan 28, 2012
By Susan Bowers
I agree with the reviews above; this is a compelling, moving and honest account of a woman's struggle with a deadly disease. There appears to be a definite dearth on this topic, from the point of view of a patient, but I was determined to hunt something down as I am currently in the same situation. I have MDS and will be getting a bone marrow transplant in a couple of weeks. I was hoping this book would be a good personal guide that would help prepare me. What it did, instead, was terrify me! I stuck with it, as obviously Analisa is a survivor, so there had to be a happy ending. I have to say at times I wanted to throw the book away, it was so depressing. I know this transplant is no picnic, but I need to surround myself with positive stories. I confessed my depression to my hematologist, who reassured me that there have been leaps and bounds in bone marrow transplantation and some patients actually breeze right through it. I don't want to know how many of those that applies to, but it is good to know. On page 214, near the end of the book, Analisa says: "...the transplant process is ever changing and improving. And I am confident that the process is not as gruelling as it was back in 1989." No kidding! What would have helped was if Analisa had written this part at the beginning in an updated introduction, before making the reader/patient suffer like this! Something to consider for future editions (mine is 2007).
A journey toward tomorrow. May 30, 2007
By T. HANLEY
Analisa is a woman of remarkable determination, faith and strength. I first met Analisa when she and Brian moved to our area shortly after completing her transplant and we worked together for several years in our church. My greatest joy was watching her regain strength followed by her and Brian receiving their two baby boys into their family. It has been a difficult journey for Analisa, but if you knew her, you would understand how and why she survived, as she is "tiny but mighty". This book is a great narrative and would be an inspiration to anyone who must undergo a bonemarrow transplant or any other difficult medical procedure. Where there is faith there is hope--and miracles. Well written and inspiring.
Compelling May 02, 2007
By Paul Nielsen
Anna's account of her ordeal is uniquely her own. Her account is pitch perfect-- an honest and uniquely personal telling of her grueling struggle both to live and to reclaim her life. She is everyman, or woman as the case might be, tempored in the crucible of personal struggle against overwhelming seemingly incontestable circumstance.
I must tell you that I know Anna and Brian personally, I know about her struggle with cancer and her effort to write about it. I often wondered if the world needed one more survivor book. If so, this is that book. You won't need to know them going in because you'll soon get to know them through their own eyes and in your own heart. You'll know yourself a little better too. Just be prepared to read for a while because once you start, you won't put it down. Paul Nielsen
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