by Emily A. Filmore, Foreward by Neale Donald Walsch (Central Recovery Press, July 2015). More than eighty health conditions are caused by autoimmune disease, with symptoms ranging from occasionally uncomfortable to debilitating or life-threatening. Written by a fellow sufferer, this book provides practical coping mechanisms to ease physical, mental, and emotional discomfort. The AARDA (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association) estimates that 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. However, these chronic diseases are dangerously undiagnosed, under-treated, mis-understood, and often the people suffering from them are dismissed, belittled and tossed around by the doctors in charge of their care because they don’t know how to help. Here are the main ideas we hope you will get from the book! 1. The purpose of THE MARVELOUS TRANSFORMATION: LIVING WELL WITH AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE is to bring people back to themselves. We all have the power inside to create happiness regardless of external circumstance. This book is a practical guide to help people create a happy life! While it is written specifically about dealing with autoimmune disease, people with any chronic condition can learn from it. 2. Unconditional self-love and humor play a large role in how we feel. A “bad” day can be made better. Even if you still have pain - you don’t have to suffer. It is important to eliminate shame and guilt from your vocabulary…being sick is not your fault. 3. Patients with every condition have the right to be treated with respect and compassion by their healthcare providers. We can stand up for ourselves, respectfully, and advocate for ourselves! WE live in our bodies 100% of the time and are the experts on them; doctors know how to interpret our symptoms so we should work together for the best result! Patients should not be afraid to seek other opinions if their doctor-patient relationship is not working. 4. An active support system is crucial to managing a chronic illness. This can be in the form of friends, family, spouse, pastor, and even, support groups! When we reach out to people in our lives, they want to help us. 5. Life is beautiful! Finding enjoyment and gratitude in the little things can bring us back to that beauty; making our problems seem smaller.
As a mommy, author, speaker, artist, former licensed attorney, and wife, Emily has a very fulfilling and busy life despite the autoimmune disease that wracks her body! Emily and her husband, Scott, practice attachment parenting with their ten year old daughter, Sage, and twenty-three year old nephew, Rickey. They work as a family to fill their home with love, laughter, and acceptance. They allow their intuition to guide and inspire their decisions; finding it to be both rewarding and enjoyable. Emily homeschools Sage and enjoys every moment of learning and exploration. Emily is passionate about teaching how principles of love, understanding, and intuition can be applied to every aspect of life - from health, to education, to politics, to social issues. She believes that every person has divine and inherent worth and can take responsibility for the society in which we live. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in English from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and a Juris Doctor with a Certificate of International and Comparative Law from St. Louis University School of Law. Her career path has been winding and unpredictable but she feels that writing has brought her to where she was always supposed to be, bringing joy and peace to peoples' lives. She hopes you feel her love and find inspiration in her work!