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Lives are shattered every day, in a myriad of ways. The guest this week on Shattered Lives is Amy Susan Crohn, author of DYING TO LIVE: Running backwards through cancer, Lupus and chronic illness, the memoir of a woman whose survival instincts will inspire anyone faced with adversity.
Descended from a blended family, with two eccentric parents, and the legacy of being the grand neice of Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, a leading gastroenterologist whose work greatly advanced the understanding of ileitis -also known as Crohn’s disease at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Amy’s childhood was often filled with wonder and anxiety. The details of her childhood lead up to the crescendo, her body completely broken, and diagnosis of two life altering diseases at age 36.
DYING TO LIVE recounts Amy’s childhood and how events in her upbringing led to deadly disease and several medical emergencies in her adulthood. Not only is DYING TO LIVE Amy’s story and memoir, it is the story of countless millions of others suffering from chronic illness and no answer to why.
On the show we will discuss the complexities of childhood, and how we are loved and nurtured, or abused and neglected, creating an imprint that follows each of us through adulthood. Following the course of a negative upbringing, adults can be afflicted with all types of illnesses from cancer, autoimmune deficiencies, to unexplained chronic aches and pains.
Amy’s message to readers is many layered, but during her time in recuperation she spent hours in research looking for answers as to how this devastation to her body could happen. One of the leading studies she found was the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) which, through a series of questions, assesses someone’s childhood experience, and based on the score, results in information that can be used to find the propensity to certain diseases. Amy’s goal is to have the ACES study used in the intake process of all physicians, especially those treating victims of childhood maltreatment.
Amy Susan Crohn is a marketing communications, business development professional, writer and journalist. She began her career in 1980 as a newspaper reporter and continued working in public relations, corporate communications and marketing until she started her own business in 1989. During the following 10 years, she directed multiple corporate communications projects including research, creative copywriting, budgeting, project control, artistic direction and overall project production, serving international clientele in a variety of industries. She is a skilled public speaker. Amy also developed an interactive Executive Media Workshop to teach high-level managers and corporate CEOs how to manage the media spotlight.
Amy has made several recent appearances in New York, New Jersey and South Carolina, on radio and television presenting DYING TO LIVE to a wide range of audiences.
Shattered Lives: Amy Susan Crohn Dying to LIve