LOS ANGELES — When Rachel Piven learned her son would be getting a kidney transplant in October, she was already on the edge.
The 6-year-old, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, is so sick that he can’t breathe on his own, can’t speak or move his legs, can barely stand up.
He’s been bedridden for months, and doctors say his kidney is in danger of failure.
It took Piven nearly two months to buy the best suit, tuxedo, tie and tie-dye she could find, but her daughter, Lizzie, was still searching for a pair of heels and sneakers, so she started reading a bit about the world of shoes and boots.
Piven said she had an epiphany while watching a TV segment about people wearing heels, then realized she wanted to wear them, too.
She started wearing them at home, but the effort paid off.
She said she was inspired to make a book, which she hopes will help people make informed choices about how they live their lives.
The book, called “Living in the Boot,” is her attempt to show the health risks of shoe wearing.
She hopes to inspire others to make informed lifestyle choices, like whether to buy a pair for their children.
“I really want this book to inspire people to live their own lives, to look at themselves and say, ‘I’m not this person who’s wearing these things because I’m a mom.
I’m not because I love the idea of shoes,'” she said.
Pivens first tried shoe shopping at her daughter’s school and said she wanted the book to educate people on how much health risk their choice of footwear presents.
“This is something I was never able to do myself, so I was kind of hoping this book would help others,” she said in an interview.
The result of that research and writing has been a book that was published by HarperCollins, which describes shoe-buying as a “health risk.”
In addition to shoes, the book covers other health issues, including the impact of wearing designer shoes, health concerns with eating at restaurants that serve food made with plant-based ingredients and the health hazards of walking on pavements.
Piver, a teacher and mother of two, said she decided to write the book after her daughter began to wear heels and shoes as she grew older.
“She’s such a sweet kid, she’s such an easygoing, loving, open-hearted kid,” Piven said.
“I was really trying to protect her from the world.
I knew I had to write a book about shoes.”
Piven decided to create a shoe-specific app that people could access from their phones or tablet.
She began with a simple list of items she found on her daughter and her mom’s shopping lists, but eventually created a shopping list of the world’s top shoe brands.PIVENS BOOK “I’m so grateful to have this book out there,” Pivens said.
She said she hopes the book will encourage others to think about their shoes and the people who buy them, instead of just buying them.
“It’s just really important to be thoughtful about what you’re wearing and to be mindful of the environment you’re living in,” she added.
Paring down, Piven decided she was going to limit her wardrobe and focus more on her lifestyle choices.
She and Lizzies daughter started wearing jeans, which they now wear for school, to school.
Piven also stopped buying shoes.
She has also stopped wearing the same pair of sneakers each day, opting to use a pair that match her outfit instead.
Pivans goal is to inspire young people to be conscious of their lifestyles and work on becoming healthier.
“My goal is not to just be a mom, I’m really trying in the book, not just to be a parent, but to become a person who really loves the world,” she told CBS Los Angeles.
Pivers book is a personal journey, but she hopes it will inspire other moms to make healthy lifestyle choices as well.
“We’re in this business to make money, but we’re also in this job, we’re in a world where we’re at risk for losing our jobs,” she continued.
“The idea that we’re going to get all the luxuries that we’ve always had — the houses, the cars — we’re not going to have those things.”
Pivans book also is meant to serve as a guide for others looking to start a life of their own.
“There’s nothing better to show people that we can do something better than just to read books, or to just start a blog, and to write and talk about our experiences and how we live,” Piver said.
The mother of four is on a mission to raise awareness about the importance of good health and to encourage people to take responsibility for their own health.
She also wants her book to encourage women to get out and shop more often, rather