Amy Susan Crohn
Amy Susan Crohn is descended from medical “royalty” 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. This ancestral connection gave Amy an insider’s perspective of the medical world and when she suffered her own fight for life she was well connected to the best facilities.
From a young age she aspired to be a writer and with persistence and determination achieved a career in journalism, public relations, marketing communications, as well as teaching at the college level. Her first published book, Dying to Live: Running Backwards Through Cancer, Lupus and Chronic Illness not only chronicles her health experiences, but her dysfunctional childhood and how it has affected her as an adult.
At age 36, Amy Susan Crohn was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and Lupus, a dual diagnosis that was considered terminal. After her first highly invasive biopsy surgery, she was pronounced dead and revived with an emergency tracheotomy. The next three years were a cauldron of chronic care, surgeries, chemotherapy, rehabilitation, and her terrific fight to ensure that her husband and two young sons would not be left to bury her.
Moreover, Amy learned about national and international studies that link childhood maltreatment with adult physical illness. Amy’s own childhood, as thedescendant of a famous doctor herself, was fraught with dysfunction that led her to suppress the distress of the first 18 years of her life that finally exploded as a cancerous tumor wedged between her heart and lung and an autoimmune disease that caused critical issues with her treatment. This made her somewhat of a medical celebrity in the connecting circles of the New York City area hospitals where she was treated.
Experiencing challenges that she never thought she could face, Amy survived to tell her story to help others who face any
adversity that devastates the mind, body and family. She is cautious yet inspiring when she describes her experience on the other side during her near-death and realizes that there are many “professional patients” who struggle daily with chronic side effects from cancer treatment. Coupled with other disorders, particularly of the autoimmune kind, she also delves into the psychological aspects of dealing every day with emotions that range from fear to elation and measuring life in moments.
As a writer, this is Amy’s first introduction to the public with a strong message in a memoir that will resonate with survivors of any catastrophic illness as well as those who feel they must hide their chronic disabilities to continue to work and tend to their families.
Dying to Live: Running backwards through cancer, Lupus, and chronic illness
Author: Amy Susan Crohn
ISBN-10 1482568098 ISBN-13 978-1482568097
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
“Beautifully told, this story of a happy young wife and mother suddenly diagnosed with two usually fatal diseases will inspire all who read it. Alternately loved and abused by her charismatic,disturbed parents, Amy Susan Crohn discovers the causes of her rare condition and fights to reclaim her joyful, loving life. Along the way, she discovers the connection between her childhood abuse and the devastating illnesses. Lessons for us all that may well save our lives someday, this riveting, sensitive and often humorous memoir is an instant classic. “ Laura Shaine Cunningham, Sleeping Arrangements & A Place in the Country
Connect with Amy Online
Author’s Promoter, Interview, Sept. 2013
Indies Unlimited Featured Book, Sept. 2013
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