A Light in the Darkness
n 2008, singer-songwriter Lisa Sniderman was living the dream in California. As Aoede, the Muse of Song, her star as a gifted recording artist was rising fast. Lisa’s quirky folk-pop performance style electrified audiences up and down the West Coast, and the albums just kept flowing. But just when her career was rocketing skyward, a health crisis brought all of her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating immune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams, new songs, and new opportunities. Lisa’s story is a light in the darkness for anyone who struggles with a chronic condition. Her insights and reflections on her journey inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you.
Where did the idea for the story come from?
This is my memoir-my personal story of battling and making peace for ten years with my rare chronic illness while obsessively creating to heal… I wanted to inspire and encourage others like me who were struggling with chronic illness and remind them they could still live their dreams with passion, joy and purpose … I wanted my insights and reflections to inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you.
Please summarize your book in 10 words.
Healing power of music, creativity, following your dreams, finding purpose.
Give a quote from the books, one that says little but speaks volumes.
If I could dream anything and work hard to make it happen, then I could dream away this disease. I could heal myself if only I dreamed big enough and believed hard enough.
Where are you based?
San Francisco Bay Area, CA