Lynda’s story will help someone avoid the health crises that plague our society today. Attention to early warning signs, self-care, emotional intelligence, and self-love are all concepts that Lynda covers in her personal and sometimes humorous story of how she went from 6 months to live in 2008 to cured and living a healthy life today. Insurance companies should give this book with every policy written. Heal yourself one heartbeat at a time.
There are no clear answers, no step by step directions; rather, Filler’s message is simple, follow JOY. Set negativity aside and follow what you love. Fill your hours with that which gives you life. I highly recommend this jewel of a book.
Appropriately titled, the book chronicles the author’s own life experiences, beginning with what was essentially a death sentence. Diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, her life expectancy in 2008 was about five years. From the beginning Filler was determined to survive and enjoy a healthy and rewarding life. Her journey provides many lessons for readers ill or fit. Following her as she navigates the health care systems, spiritual awakening, and self-awakening the reader can’t help but become invested in her story.
Throughout the book, she reminds her readers to follow their physician’s recommendations and take medications as prescribed. Her book is not about medical advice. It is the telling of how her determination and positive vision has enabled her to long outlive the dismal prognosis of early doctors. Dedicated to living a full life and doing the things she enjoys, Filler did things most people with a bleak and hopeless future would not even dream of. Traveling extensively, driving from Mexico to British Columbia, following spiritual paths many would not consider, Filler took charge of her future.
After telling a remarkable and inspiring tale, the author devotes the final chapters of her book to “Heart Habits”; methods readers can use to overcome negativity and enhance their quality of life. By using creativity, developing a positive spiritual outlook, and exercising the mind and body, Filler improved her health and lengthened her life well past her doctor’s forecast.
If you do no more than read this book as an autobiographical journey, you will come away with a smile on your face. This is an uplifting and inspiring book. Personally, I plan to use some of Filler’s “techniques” to begin my own journey to a healthier and more vibrant life.
There are many conditions that Google might give a ten-year life expectancy for the acute phase, whereas in a chronic phase of that condition one would be able to live with the disease for a normal length life-span, or an only slightly shortened life expectancy. Yes, avoid doing blind medical research on Google if you do not have a trusted medical guide, as that can only alarm you. The author, with her doctor, and mentors’ assistance, and her courage, determination and positive attitude combined, reclaimed a healthy life. Even if she remains with a symptom-free, mild, chronic version of the condition, there is no reason why that should worsen. As we mature, we have chronic illnesses, or disease, in common. I applaud Lynda Filler for having regained her health and for sharing her journey through this book. An excellent, inspirational read.
My amazing birthday ended with fireworks and chocolate lava cake, and two young men who filled my heart with joy. But that’s not where it started.
The beginning of a new decade is a pivotal time in anyone’s life. For me, it’s a champagne-popping moment to make a commitment to take risks that will take my breath away. It’s also an anniversary. It was almost ten years ago that I was given six months to live and I’m about to publish that story.
I love five-star dining; I also love dining on my own. But… The little voice inside my head tells me I should go with someone. What will “people,” think? Would you feel pity for a single woman in an elegant restaurant alone on her birthday? It wasn’t an easy decision. I made the reservation and thought about canceling it several times. But I did it!
Every single moment was magical. I held a conversation inside my head of all the wonderful adventures and plans I have for 2017. I let go of control and suggested to the waiter that he surprise me with each course of my meal. He nodded in amazement but reveled in my pleasure at his choices.
The waterfront bistro nurtured me with understated elegance and candle-lit tables on rattan mats on the sand. I watched the sunset paddle boarders and the twinkling lights of the yachts resting on gentle turquoise waters. And sighed over the soft lilac and rosy glow across the Sierra Madre Mountains surrounding the Bay of Banderas.
But most magical of all were two young boys that shyly approached my table after my surfboard with chocolate, macaroons and ice cream erupted in delightful fireworks.!
“My Daddy said it was okay for us to come and tell you that we think you are beautiful, and we want to say Happy Birthday.” How perfect is that?
The next 365 days will hold moments of magical living that will take me outside my comfort zone. Do you want to join me?
If you’re curious about my life choices, read this book. Thanks!!