-Published Author of Memoir, Not My Buddy, An Amazon Best-Selling E-Book
-NYC Big Book Awards named Not My Buddy the 2017 Distinguished Favorite Memoir
Not My Buddy: One woman, a dog, and their journey toward healing
How is it possible to love the thing that almost ends your life? Three days after the arrival of “Buddy,” an adorable Golden Retriever puppy, Tracey Berkowitz’s picture perfect life shatters. Almost overnight, she looks horrible, feels horrible and has no idea why.
Not My Buddy is a love story between one woman and the dog who restores her spirit while she finds her way toward health. Over the course of five years, Tracey Berkowitz and her family spend more than $80,000 on a team of 16 health care professionals and, at one point, 132 pills per day, while they seek a diagnosis and treatment for this mysterious illness.
Taken to the brink of bankruptcy and divorce and incapacitated as a mother, Tracey removes the masks that contributed to her dis-ease, leaving her vulnerable, terrified, and headed on a collision course with her soul’s true purpose: to help those suffering from chronic giardiasis—ironically “the gift” from the dog who teaches her self-love.
"An inspiring tale of persistence and determination. If you suffer from chronic giardiasis or any mystery illness, you should read this book."
Leo GallandMD, Author of The Fat Resistance Diet
"Tracey’s account of her battle with chronic giardiasis chronicles not only the physical and emotional struggles such patients face, but the fear, confusion and strain it puts on their relationships with family and loved ones. Faced with a medical system that is ill-equipped to properly diagnose and treat chronic and complex disorders, Tracey shows courage and a tenacious determination to heal by taking the management of this “mystery illness” into her own hands. It is an inspiring must read for anyone dealing with chronic illness."
Christopher ButlerAcupuncture and Functional Medicine
"An insightful, edifying tale of the toll that a parasitic disease can take… Berkowitz writes of this challengingsituation with honesty, humility and even humor."
"It was hard to put down Not My Buddy by Tracey Berkowitz. Not only a compelling memoir to read, but a lesson in perseverance and human endurance. I couldn’t help but think of the lessons that Tracey taught her children by her tenacity and unwillingness to accept the status quo during a very trying time. Filled with information to further help the unknowing public navigate a difficult medical system and disease."
Natalie Elman PhD, Educational consultant, Author of The Unwritten Rules of Friendship
"Berkowitz, who writes in a style so endearing that readers will feel as though they are one of her inner circle.”
Stacey FreemanLifestyle Blogger & Editor of Worthy.com
“Tracey Berkowitz guides us through her nightmare with humor and grace. She shares her frustrations and her persistence with you. Her drive to restore her life to normal helped her transform her life and gave her a new mission, helping others with Chronic Giardiasis find ways to restore their own health.”
Dr Leo GallandInternationally recognized as a medical innovator and pioneer. The Director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine in New York City.