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Comments by on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 03:32 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Please take a look at a book called " What Your Dr. May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia" It is written by Dr. St. Amand and Claudia Merrik. My children and I are looking forward to seeing your movie.

Comments by Ted G. on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 03:16 IP Logged
Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand, I look forward to reading your book soon before I see the movie. Just want to tell you that I really enjoyed reading your recent article published in The New Yorker magazine. Cool to know how you found your freedom and love of writing. I get inspired by alot of success stories like yours. You never know where a person might find the thing they love doing, as I have recently discovered my love of acting and drama. You are an excellent writer. All the best to you. Regards, Ted
Sarasota, FL USA

Comments by Jerry Edwards on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 02:26 IP Logged
Ms Hillenbrand, Awesome book! Thank you for a great read. My wife and I have spent numerous hours donating money at Santa Anita. Looking forward to the movie and we hope it does the book and Seabiscuit justice. Thanks from an Air Force fan in Germany!
Spangdahlem Air Base, USA

Comments by on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 02:18 IP Logged
My first exposure to Seabiscuit was a couple of months ago. Arriving home after a sixteen hour day at work, I decided to channel surf the TV. Since it was early morning, the free-spirited movies channels and the infomercials were going nonstop, and then there was a documentary on PBS about a horse. Tired and just barely awake, I noticed a good lookin' gal talking about a horse named Seabiscuit. I thought to myself "Who would name a horse Seabiscuit"? This picqued my interest. So much so that I watched the PBS documentary in its entirety. What a facinating story! Especially for someone who has no interest in horses (although my grandfather was a horse shoer and one of his prized photographs was Pancho Villa on a horse) After recently hearing that a Seabiscuit movie was about to be released, my interest picqued again. I really believe that if I can sit thru a PBS documentary (tired & exhausted) and be entertained about a horse story then I've got to believe that this movie will definitely be a winner . . . just like Seabiscuit!
El Paso, TX USA

Comments by connie fileff on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 01:29 IP Logged
Thanks for the good information. Keep up this great resource. Best greetings.Wish you nice summer. Ronnie King. I read a lot, two or three books a week. I have read your book three times. It is outstanding. Thank you so much for such a wonderful reading experience. I love it!
Schererville, IN USA

Comments by Joe Rodak on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 01:17 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished reading "Seabiscuit" and I thoroughly enjoyed every page. I only hope the movie does it justice but with you consulting on it I believe it will. The sadness I am feeling because I've reached the end will be counter-acted by the fact that I can now pass this book on to my friends to enjoy. Thanks for a great read and, by the way, you're quite a babe!
Las Vegas, NV USA

Comments by Carole Kortz on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 01:06 IP Logged
Laura: Loved the book. Hated for it to end. You write beautifully. The descriptions were fabulous. Question: Why do so many wierdoes use your site for ads? Can't you delete them? That's sick.
Beverly Hills, MI USA

Comments by Lisa on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 00:31 IP Logged
Dear Laura, After reading your story in the New Yorker and dealing with my own medical problem, I'm putting your picture over my bed :) Here is a site you might be interested (this isn't my condition) if by any chance you were given Gentamycin by IV although some people developed vertigo when the antibiotic was given orally. Good luck in the future Lisa

Comments by Christine M. Durlak on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 00:28 IP Logged
"Seabiscuit" is one of the best books I have ever read, and I am an avid reader. It was thrilling, compelling, and exciting, not to mention a wonderful story of people brought together by a truly magical horse. Thank-you. I only wish I could have been there.....
Evanston, Il USA

Comments by on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 00:13 IP Logged
Laura, I just listened to Ebert & Roeper give SEABISCUIT-the Movie 'two thumbs up', and state that the movie may be the first Oscar- contender this year!!! I feel like I am going to burst! I am so happy for you:) I, too, have CFS (26 yrs.) and I wish that I had been able to maintain my cognitive abilities as well as you have, but I can enjoy myself vicariously through your wonderful SEABISCUIT! I can't wait for Friday!

Comments by Bunny Reveglia on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 08:58 IP Logged
Hello Laura Hillenbrand, your book was by far the best non fiction book I have ever read. As a horse owner/breeder I fell in love with "Biscuit" and all the people involved with his life. A powerful story written by a very gifted writer!! Thank you for writing Seabiscuit and allowing so many fans to enjoy every morsel of the exciting story. I hope you write many more books, I`ll be first in line to buy the next one! I can`t wait to see the movie. If you need a story to write, there is a wonderful true story to tell about the Curly horse, it`s origin shrouded in mystery & all the colorful people involved and the ones that acheived greatness. I would love for you to tell their story! Your writing is so fantastic! I clung to every sentence. A big fan ":)
Sullvan, OH USA

Comments by j gunter on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 06:14 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I am wondering if you ever had happened on a book called Come on Seabiscuit by Ralph Woody written for Young America Book Club ,copyright 1963. I have this book and noticed after reading your Seabiscuit that there are simalur lines of thought to say the least. Wonder if you had read this version from 1963. I also have a photo colection of Seabiscut at Del Mar that is very interesting. thank you and I do plan on seeing the movie version .
phoenix, az USA

Comments by on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 05:00 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I've had severe CFIDS for 7 years, and am so appreciative of your strength and courage in speaking publicily about your illness. Many people won't, in part due to comments such as, you probably have xyz disease, or have you tried xyz treatment, or I/my son/daughter/cousin/aunt/uncle/co-worker had that too and they did xyz and now they feel great! As well-meaning as people are, I would like credit for the fact that I'm an intelligent, reasonable adult who has seen many doctors, been tested for other possible conditions, tried a variety of treatments, done a great deal of reading and personal research into CFIDS and similar conditions, and am doing everything I possibly can to manage and improve my health - as I'm sure you are also. What I really wanted to tell you is that your New Yorker article helped my dad to understand my illness much better - he really gets how serious it is now. That has been a great gift, and I thank you for it.

Comments by on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 04:20 IP Logged
I am reading Seabiscuit now, and I am positive the movie will be wonderful. Seabiscuit is a touching story, and the spirit will live on forever!

Comments by Stephanie Moore on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 03:10 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I quit college in 1971 to live in an 8' x 8' tackroom at Del Mar as a hotwalker for Trotters. Later that year, I had the chance to hotwalk for ZCharlie Whittingham. At his stable, I found a gelding that had been turned out to pasture shortly after his first start. His name was Grand Venture, and his grandaddy was Bold Venture, his dam, Untouched. I trained him myself and went on to win numerous shows in Western Pleasure with him at the Del Mar National Horse Show. Your book, which I bought yesterday and finished two minutes ago, brought that glorious period back to me in a rush of emotion. Your writing was as exciting as the races themselves, and I congratulate you on your own struggle to produce a classic. God bless you for telling the unvarnished truth about the hardships of race track people, and the triumphs. May you triumph in your own race. God Bless you, and thank you, Stephanie Moore
Vista, California USA

Comments by john rebello on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 03:01 IP Logged
dear laura your book was the greatest book i have ever read. To show the world how hard all us racetrackers work for the sport and horses we love .Tosay it is a sport of kings is false because most of us have nothing and do it for the love of the horse and sport ,and your book shows the reader how much we put ourselves through to be a part of the greatest and oldest sport in this country. I cry everytime i read your book and that is not a lie it moves me that much. Igrew up at suffulk downs and gave all my time to the sport ,my father in law also who was a jockey and knew red pollard and yummy tells me story,s of racing in the old days ,and also has 2100 wins to his credit loved your book. racing is taking a turn for the worst in new england with the closing of rockingham park and the decline of attendence at suffolk,hopefully your book and the movie will draw more people to sport. thank you very much for showing the world we do it for the love NOT the money p.s hope you get better and congrats on your purchase of the biscuts shoe .I would really love to chat with you some times
derry , nh USA

Comments by Paula Higgins on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 02:58 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I bought your book on Seabiscuit 2 months ago and have read it three times now. What a wonderful piece of writing! You made the horse and the people involved, come alive. The first time I read it, I couldn't put it down, and read it cover to cover in one evening. It is a truly magical book, one for the ages and one of my all time favorites (Pride and Prejudice, Guns of August, Mornings On Horseback, John Adams, and Seabiscuit). Thank you again, Paula Higgins
Marietta, Ga USA

Comments by georgiataylor on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 01:59 IP Logged
My "extasy" and "agony"!!!!!!!!!!! Extasy of reading the best book ever........ Agony at almost being finished with it..................
tulsa, ok USA

Comments by Tracy Loppatto on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 00:45 IP Logged
I read the article in the Balt. sun and felt compelled to contact you. I grew up in the DC suburbs and like you spent alot of time riding bareback on nice summer days. Last year my horse was diagnosed with Lyme disease, after hundreds of antibiotics mixed in his food, he did recover. I had been ill for months prior to him falling ill and seen many doctors (9 in 9 months) for many different symptoms, I had many differnt diagnoses including FM and CFS. After my horse was diagnosed with Lyme I decided to do more research on the illness and discovered that the lab tests that most doctors use are not accurate and I decided to find a doctor that was lyme literate, sure enough, I sent by blood to Bowen lab and I was finally diagnosed. I started on antibiotics and am doing much better now one year later!! Anyway, please use your researc skills and read up on this disease. I am sure that many of the people who have CFS do not have Lyme, however, I would not be surprised if many of them do...just get tested (Bowen Lab or Igenex) to be sure!!! P.S.- Don't forget to test for co-infections..
Eldersburg, md USA

Comments by Angie Fallin Totten on Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 08:36 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Just finished the book this afternoon and my husband can't figure out why I'm in a melancholy mood. Even though I was born in 1968, I was raised watching lots of films from the 30s and 40s and it must be from there that I heard the name "Seabiscuit." All I know is it's a name I have known all my life (and one I always thought was supremely funny -- the names they come up with for racehorses!). Because I generally do not read nonfiction, I would not have picked up "Seabiscuit" had I not been at the beach, bookless and desperately searching the aisle at KMart for something decent to read. Absentmindedly, while trying to decide if I should find someone who could direct me to an actual bookstore, I picked up "Seabiscuit" and flipped through a few pages. I found someone and got the location of a bookstore, but I was already hooked on "Seabiscuit." My husband's response: "You bought SEABISCUIT??!!!" I absolutely loved the book and am now completely endeared to Seabiscuit. As a p.s. - the colorful story of the skillful smoking Tijuana brothel girl rang true for me - my parents had told me a similar story of Tijuana dancers they were aware of who did the same trick. Take care and God bless!
Fairfax, VA USA

Comments by Ann Ehlers on Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 08:01 IP Logged
I read your story of CFS and just wanted to let you know that I was also diagnosed with CFS. What it was in reality I learned later was Lyme Disease. Please look into this. I went from not being able to do much of anything to being able to work again. You can go to Lymenet and find info about the disease.Goodluck to you.
New Durham, NH USA

Comments by Sharon on Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 06:16 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I heard you suffer with C.F.S. I would like to share with you what has helped me deal with this disorder and fibromyalgia. My holistic doctor turned my life around. His treatments gave me the health to take care of my family all these years along with the strength to write a young adult inspirational novel. (An agent is currently reviewing my book.) Please feel free to contact me for more information. I look forward to reading "Seabiscuit" and seeing the movie. Best wishes and God bless.
Lake Geneva, WI USA

Comments by kim on Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 01:55 IP Logged
whoa weird...i just watched the interview as well, and wanted to let you know about the same book...what you're doctor may not tell you about fibro...i am currently under the care of the doctor that wrote the book, and it's the first promising treatment (i too have been to many many different docs)! feel free to email me for more info, hopefully you'll get this message. Take Care, Kim
Marina Del Rey, ca USA

Comments by on Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 00:27 IP Logged
Ms. Hildebrand, after seeing your interview and discussion of CFS, I thought you might be interested in reading "What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Fibromyalgia" by R. Paul St. Amand, M.D., and Claudia Craig Marek. This book helped me and hopefully will help you and others.

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