Reviews from Amazon.com
Inspiration for a healthier livestyle, October 17, 2012 By Carol Holthouse (Wildwood, MO USA)
I think the story of Elle's cardiac arrest and recovery should be a wake up call for women. We need to be more aware of the risks we face and the warning signs we may get. The book has very practical advice on how you can increase the chances you'll be around to dance, or do whatever else brings you joy!
Live to Dance, September 24, 2012 By Robin L. Tidwell (St. Louis, MO)
This is an amazing little book! Ellen not only tells her story in a funny, touching manner, but draws on the experiences of her family and friends as she went through the terrifying procedures to save her life. The background to the storyline is not overdone or pedantic, the event itself is captured with raw emotion. All women would be wise to heed Ellen's words on the potentially deadly consequences of ignoring their own health issues.
As a bonus, the book is filled with real-life examples and solutions to the often underreported issue of women and heart health.
The Life You Save May Be Your Own, March 8, 2012 By M. Langston (St. Louis, MO)
Talking about heart health, especially to someone who doesn't want to hear what you have to say is never easy. They might not want yet another person telling them about their smoking habit, unhealthy weight or lack of exercise. If you never tell that person that you love them and want them to actually LIVE their life, you're doing them no favors.
Whether you need a pep talk, need to be reminded of the reasons to make healthy choices or enjoy inspirational stories from strong women, this book is for you. It might be something that you leave on someone's desk. You could give it to a friend who has survived a heart trauma to let her know that she's not alone. If you know someone fighting to win back their good health through proper diet and exercise, it could be the encouragement they need to keep trying.
The author tells a courageous story and shares valuable and potentially lifesaving information in an easy-to-read style. She makes you feel like you've just had lunch with a friend. It gives the wisdom of a medical journal with the warmth of a close girlfriend telling you about her life.
If you know someone who needs a wakeup call, pep talk or just to know that you care, this book would make a wonderful gift. The author does many speaking engagements and she is as informative as she is inspiring. Keep fighting for your good health and may you truly LIVE all the days of your life!
A riveting book that will change your life!, March 8, 2012 By jill turec
I purchased this book thinking it would be like all weight loss books, however I could not believe the impact it had on me. It is life-changing and will help you to see what your own life is about. Her account of her heart attack brought me to tears, however will change my life forever. For every woman who values her life, this book is a must read(especially if you have children). I will read this over and over to make sure I don't forget how important I am to myself and others. WOW we need more authors like Ellen.
Such an inspiring, life-changing story!, January 26, 2012 by Wendi Lucchesi (Maryland Heights, Missouri United States)
What a beautiful story! The letters your children wrote are priceless!!! I laughed and I cried. I enjoyed your bits of humor, but I was touched by the "realness" of your pain - both physical and emotional. You are such an inspiration for all women. Thank you for sharing your experience and thank you for being such a strong voice. YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!!!!
This book shares a real personal experience of cardiac arrest and how you can make simple changes in your life to lower your risk of heart disease and keep from suffering the same fate. A woman's greatest risk of death is from heart disease. Not only does this book help women recognize symptoms of a heart attack, but it also includes lifestyle and healthy eating tips to get you on the road to a healthier life. There are great journal sheets and worksheets along with the steps you need to take to get you on your way.
I'm so glad I read this book. I have a history of heart disease in my family. Mrs. Abramson's story will always stick with me. It has opened my eyes and made me aware that this just isn't a "man's" disease. This should be a must-read for all women. Knowledge is power and trust me.... you will get that from this book!
Important for every woman to read!, January 10, 2012 by YvonneSTL
I read this book cover to cover the moment I got it in my hands. Her story is moving and touching and, for anyone who has ever had a heart attack or witnessed a loved one have one, its deeply real and true. Her facts on this disease are given in a straight forward manner, skip all the medical terms. 1 in 3 women die from heart disease,and its preventable with just simple changes. Her tips for preventing this disease are given in a realistic and honest way that is actually attainable and easily measurable. This book is clear, concise and real. Its real life, it really can happen to anyone, and there are very real ways to prevent it. If you love someone, share this book with them. It could make the difference in how long you get to have them here with you.-