LadyErynn’s Honest Reviews
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Review of Misdiagnosed: My Search for Dr. House by Nika Beamon
A truly heartbreaking tale with a happy ending!
Spoilers ahead 🙂
A true story of one woman’s struggle with a debilitating disease, and how her search for a cure led her all over New York and beyond.
Nika has been sick all her life, living with symptoms that never connected or made any sense. She went to every doctor she could think of, from neurologist to gastroenterologist, to immunologist with no hope of finding out what was wrong. Desperate, she began watching the popular television show House, hoping one of his strange cases would align with hers. When she kept getting worse, including a cancer scare, Nika decided that it was time to take her health into her own hands. The hunt was on, and Nika interviewed several specialists looking for someone like Dr. House. Each step brought her closer to the truth, and finally, after several years of searching, Nika discovered the truth.
Living with any disease can be difficult, but when no one seems to know what’s wrong with you, it can be especially frustrating. The frustration, anger and pain that Nika feels during her ordeal is excruciating, and we feel every bit of it in her story. Then there’s the emotional trauma of a cheating boyfriend, the death of family members, and the stress of medical bills to worry about on top of everything else. Things seem hopeless for Nika, but it’s not all bad.
Nika is also a best-selling author, a devoted journalist, and has the support of her loving parents and a close circle of friends. These things get her through the many doctors appointments, surgeries, and bad days, bringing some light into Nika’s dark world. When her journey for truth comes to an end, even though it’s not what she had hoped for, the truth sets Nika free, and she can finally come to terms with what has been plaguing her.
As far as critique goes, I don’t really have anything to say. Every once in a while the timeline seemed to jump, but in a story of this nature, it wasn’t something to worry about. I was reading it on my Ipad, and some of the fonts seemed to change, with some words becoming bold within a sentence. Other than that, it was well done.
I give it a 4 out of 5. I don’t get to review many true stories, and this one really had me. I was riding that emotional roller coaster right along with Nika, and I am even more thankful for my own health after reading it. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a true tale of a medical mystery (or are just fans of House)!