Saturday, 3 October 2015
Brain on Fire
Brain on Fire is a compelling, frightening and brave memoir that takes you into the author's journey into madness. It is a look at the havoc that can be wrought by the rare disorder called Anti-NMDA Receptor Autoimmune Encephalitis.
I had to keep reminding myself during this read that these events actually happened to someone. This is frightening as we follow Susannah's extremely quick transition from a normal life to complete loss of her mental health.
The author has gone to great length to ensure the validity of this book as she can't trust her own memories. I can only imagine how hard it would have been to revisit her illness through videos and other peoples recollections of these times.
Most people after living through such an experience what gladly put in behind them and who would blame them. With this is mind I would like to thank and commend the author for allowing us this very personal and fascinating look into this rare disorder.