Saving Each Other : A Mother-Daughter Love Story
Author: Victoria Jackson, Ali Guthy
On the surface, Victoria Jackson is the American Dream personified: from a troubled childhood and unfinished high school education, she overcame immeasurable odds to create a cosmetics empire valued at more than half a billion dollars. Married to Bill Guthy — self-made principal of infomercial marketing giant Guthy-Renker — Victoria’s most treasured role is mother to three beautiful, beloved children, Evan, Ali, and Jackson. Suddenly, Victoria’s dream life is broken as she begins to battle a mother’s greatest fear. In 2008, her daughter, Ali, began experiencing unusual symptoms of blurred vision and an ache in her eye. Ali’s test results led to the diagnosis of Neuromyelitis Optica. NMO is a little understood, incurable, and often fatal autoimmune disease that can cause blindness, paralysis, and life-threatening seizures, and afflicts as few as 20,000 people in the world. At the age of 14, Ali was given a terrifying prognosis of four to six years to live. Saving Each Other begins just as Victoria and Bill learn of Ali’s disease, starting them on a powerful journey to save their only daughter. They even brought together a team of more than 50 of the world’s leading experts in autoimmune and NMO-related diseases to create the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation. Told in alternating viewpoints, Victoria and Ali narrate their very different journeys of coming to terms with the lack of control that neither mother nor daughter have over NMO, and their pioneering efforts and courage to take their fight to a global level. Bringing their story to light with raw emotion, humor, warmth, and refreshing candor, Saving Each Other is the extraordinary journey of a mother and daughter who demonstrate how the power of love can transcend our greatest fears, while at the same time battling to find a cure for the incurable.
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Publication Date: 20121119
Subject: BIO026000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs,FAM032000-FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Motherhood,BIO017000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical
About The Author: Having achieved success as a Hollywood makeup artist, cosmetics entrepreneur and television infomercial pioneer, Victoria Jackson prefers to think of herself as “a goodwill ambassador for makeup.” Jackson has also garnered a devoted following through her two books — Redefining Beauty: Discovering Your Individual Beauty, Enhancing Your Self-Esteem and Make Up Your Life: Every Woman’s Guide to the Power of Makeup. Today, Victoria’s primary focus is the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, which is dedicated to funding biomedical research in the search to understand the pathophysiology and biochemistry of Neuromyelitis Opitca (NMO) Spectrum Disease. Learn more about NMO at www.guthyjacksonfoundation.org. Ali Guthy is a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At The Buckley School in Los Angeles, she served as co-editor-in-chief of the school’s award-winning newspaper, The Student Voice. While in high school, she had record-setting achievements on the tennis court, and received Buckley’s coveted Head of School Award — given to a student who demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, character, and service on behalf of the school and community. She also serves as the managing editor and creator of the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation newsletter, The Spectrum. Ali has also been honored with numerous awards for giving a public face to NMO and for her leadership in reaching out to newly diagnosed patients and their families.