The View from the Bay, KGO-TV/DT—San Francisco—June 19, 2009
The book, “Dancing at the River’s Edge: A Patient and her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness,” is co-authored by the two and follows their unique journey together in a life that is marked by illness, but not defined by it.
“I have lived my entire life with autoimmune disease, but I have refused to let it be my definition of self,” said Brill. “I think that’s my message in this book and surely the message of my wonderful doctor, Michael Lockshin, - it’s a dual memoir, where we say we are not lupus, or MS.”
The dual memoir is a personal look inside the world of their relationship, including the day-to-day struggles endured by a patient with chronic illness, as well as the deep concerns of the doctor who is engaged in the decisions to help his patients maintain a reasonably “normal” and full life.
“When Dr. Lockshin and I realized that we’d been a team for 30 years, we had something we had to give back and we had to show that there is a model where a doctor and a patient can have a dialogue and be team players - on the same team,” Brill said. “That’s what the book is about. It’s a book of hope.”