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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
My Journey From a Fatal Disease to Good Health: Fight for Life by Shantanu Saha is an inspiring tale of the author's fight against a fatal disease. At age 25, Shantanu was diagnosed with Adult Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. Shantanu had cysts on the kidneys, cysts that would eventually grow large enough to stop the proper functioning of his kidneys. This story is about the author's reaction to that news; the mental issues that the author went through daily, knowing that the end of life was nearing every day. This story chronicles how the author lived in denial for much of the time, choosing to focus on career, and family and friends, but not confront the fact that death loomed around the corner. Eventually, 14 years later, the author was able to recover and rediscover good health. And with that good health, he was able to look back on the last 14 years of his life and write about what almost dying meant.
I found this story very inspirational, sad and scary, all at the same time. I think any reader who suffers from a chronic disease or knows someone suffering with an illness will really relate to the author and to this sad but serious tale. Anyone with any kind of health issue or health scare will really relate to the idea of denial and throwing yourself into another aspect of your life. But I think the ending and finding health will also appeal to readers because it is so wonderful to see this story end on a happy, healthy note.