It takes a story like Tara’s to touch our heart, teach us empathy, and to trust God more than we ever imagined possible.
Author Tara Smith Johnson swallows nine hundred pills a month and daily drinks over two quarts of liquid and eats three tablespoons of salt—just to keep from passing out. Navigating life with dysautonomia is no laughing matter.
While the natural body works as it should, a body wracked with dysautonomia—an autonomic nervous system disorder—does not.
For years Tara sought answers for why she kept falling and reacting to environmental elements, to no avail. When bedridden for a season, she began color coding Bible passages, which helped her listen to the Lord as her professional healthcare team worked to find hope, healing, and a solid plan for maintaining a manageable lifestyle. She wasn’t going down without a fight—and a plethora of prayers and Scriptures.
Defeating Dysautonomia: One Spoon at a Time with Faith, Hope, and Love is her brave, resilient story, and each insightful chapter
- accompanies clinical responses from various medical professionals who have helped her along her arduous journey, offering a common-sense approach when experiencing symptoms associated with chronic illnesses and autoimmune diseases;
- weaves comforting, empowering Scriptures, helpful, healing solutions, and thoughtful clinical responses from the doctors who have walked with her;
- offers the chronic illness community encouragement that they too can find hope and healing toward a manageable lifestyle.
Tara Smith Johnson founded the national and global nonprofit Hope for Team Tara, where she educates others about dysautonomia and offers advocacy for the chronic illness community.