In Lupus: In the Jaws of the Wolf, Niranjana Parthasarathi, M.D., named one of the "Best Doctors in America" and former professor of internal medicine, recounts her thirty-seven-year history with this debilitating disease. Her symptoms began at age 23 while a medical student, and though she was able to pursue her passion for her career, a severe flare at age 50 disabled her, followed by an extended period of multi-organ complications of both disease and treatment.
In this book the many complexities and frustrations that lupus brings to a person's life are explored, including physical limitations and effects on relationships as well as one's identity.
Dr. Parthasarathi candidly shares her mistakes, pitfalls, and lessons learned along her challenging, continuing journey offering hope, insight, and recommendations to help alleviate suffering:
- Practical, day-to-day disease management advice along with research, expert opinion, and recommendations from Dr. Parthasarathi's personal experience
- Strategies for handling difficult emotions and staying positive
- Inequities in the healthcare system and how they impact the chronically ill
- Resources for lupus patients and their families
As a physician with lupus, Dr. Parthasarathi brings expertise, and a unique perspective that has enabled her to thrive despite the ravages of the disease. She hopes her account will aid other chronically ill patients and ease their paths forward.
Note: All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Lupus Research Alliance and the Lupus Foundation of America.