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My Brain Is Wearing Pink Shoes: A Memoir of Self-Discovery and Healing, by Yvonne F. Keziah, is an inspiring and powerful account of one woman's journey to mastering illness via the mind-body connection. A 2005 diagnosis involving a neurological disorder that is rare and incurable would send most people into a tailspin of fear, depression, or anxiety. At 42, a person has decades ahead of them to live with these sufferances. But there might be a silver lining in Yvonne's medical condition. She did what most people would do: turn to traditional medicine for answers. When that didn't work, she thought the answer might lie somewhere else: in rogue genes. Disheartened, she turned to other forms of healing, like meditation and self-improvement techniques, which helped her become enlightened and insightful. In time, her life was profoundly changed for the better. It took years, but her journey was worth it because now the author could share her story and enlighten others.
I love success stories, comeback stories, and stories about underdogs winning in the end. This memoir is along those lines, and Keziah does a comprehensive job of getting her story out, but goes beyond just a life story and includes additional information, a glossary, and resources to help others. We often learn much from the life experiences of others, and this is one of those books. Though you may not agree with all of the concepts, you will learn how the author dealt with and conquered adversity, and learned to let go. We all have a challenge of some sort, and this is the perfect book to let everyone know that you can handle it. I like how Keziah boils it down to a choice you can make: to either give up or fight back. I also like the approach that her book is a personal journey and not just a recounting of her medical issues or a how-I-was-healed narrative. But the medical side of the story is intriguing in itself, and I love her investigative, wide-open attitude early in her diagnosis to figure out what was going on. If you like insightful, intelligent memoirs with a mind and body theme, you will love My Brain Is Wearing Pink Shoes by Yvonne F. Keziah.