The powerful memoir of a young doctor and former college athlete diagnosed with a rare disease who spearheaded the search for a cure and became a champion for a new approach to medical research An extraordinary memoirIt belongs with Atul Gawande s writings and When Breath Becomes Air Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals David Fajgenbaum was a former Georgetown quarterback nicknamed the Beast in medical school, where he was also known for his unmatched mental stamina But things changed dramatically when he began suffering from inexplicable fatigue In a matter of weeks, his organs were failing and he was read his last rites Doctors were baffled by his condition, which they had yet to even diagnose Floating in and out of consciousness, Fajgenbaum prayed for the equivalent of a game day overtime a second chance Miraculously, Fajgenbaum survived only to endure repeated near death relapses from what would eventually be identified as a form of Castleman disease, an extremely deadly and rare condition that acts like a cross between cancer and an autoimmune disorder When he relapsed while on the only drug in development and realized that the medical community was unlikely to make progress in time to save his life, Fajgenbaum turned his desperate hope for a cure into concrete action Between hospitalizations he studied his own charts and tested his own blood samples, looking for clues that could unlock a new treatment With the help of family, friends, and mentors, he also reached out to other Castleman disease patients and physicians, and eventually came up with an ambitious plan to crowdsource the most promising research questions and recruit world class researchers to tackle them Instead of waiting for the scientific stars to align, he would attempt to align them himself More than five years later and now married to his college sweetheart, Fajgenbaum has seen his hard work pay off A treatment that he identified has induced a tentative remission and his novel approach to collaborative scientific inquiry has become a blueprint for advancing rare disease research His incredible story demonstrates the potency of hope, and what can happen when the forces of determination, love, family, faith, and serendipity collide A page turning chronicle of living, nearly dying, and discovering what it really means to be invincible in hope Angela Duckworth, 1 New York Times bestselling author of Grit

5 thoughts on “Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope Into Action; A Memoir

  1. S. Prazenica S. Prazenica says:

    Dr Fajgenbaum s story was that of a medical mystery meet love story meet the underdog lives to fight another day for himself and others What an amazing story of a man knocked down by disease, but then launched into battle against that disease for himself as well as others Knowing far too many people with rare diseases, I m grateful to learn of his work and how he has shaken things up for Castleman s and hope how they ve done things sends shock waves through rare disease research to help many patients worldwide.

  2. rajgiantthin rajgiantthin says:

    I ll be forthright first of all and say that I m a friend of David s Knowing what I already did about his life, when he first told me that he was approached by a publisher about writing a book, I was thrilled but can t say I was surprised Given what I personally know he s endured in his life as well as what he s accomplished, getting an opportunity to share it with the world just makes sense That being said, memoirs don t usually make for thrilling reads.However, keeping my slight skepticism quietly aside, I opened the book the day I got it and happily learned how wrong I was From the very beginning, this book is such an enjoyable read David takes you through his life s highs and lows with such sincerity and keeps the pace going throughout the entire book.I think a number of different people will find his book very engaging patients and loved ones struggling with their own rare disease or other illness taking control of their life, those in the medical profession interested in how one of their own got to where he is today, those interested in how the successful advancement of Castleman disease research can be used as a blueprint for other rare disease research, or those simply looking for a well written inspiring memoir about a young physician whose greatest accomplishments I m sure are still yet to come

  3. Money Huny Money Huny says:

    This is one of the best books I ve had the pleasure of reading ever, and THE best this year Well written to be sure but the true tale is one that kept me captivated throughout The fact that this gift to humanity is still out there fighting for existing patients, you, and me is a blessing, and should not be ignored I plan to purchase many copies of this book to give as gifts to friends, family, and clients Superb

  4. Jackie Jackie says:

    Wonderfully written book I bought it for an upcoming international flight and figured I d read the first chapter or two I had to force myself to put it down after 8 9 chapters and save some reading for the flight Interesting story there are parts that get a little medical focused I struggled to follow some of the pages going into detail around all of the unpronouncable chemo drugs and comparing different symptoms of each but I think they were necessary for the story Moving story and well written, definitely recommend.

  5. Kelli C Kelli C says:

    Dr Fajgenbaum masterfully leverages his awe inspiring fight for his life to inspire readers to turn hope into action in their own lives The book is a perfectly written memoir that is impossible to put down once you start It is not a book that you should read, it is a book that you must read.