Though, Essman is a self-proclaimed hypochondriac in real life – practically the next best thing to a professional diagnostician. And cheaper, too! Leave it to a hypochondriac to painstakingly figure out what deadly diseases you probably have (but just don't know it yet).
Her dad used to be a M.D., so she picked up a lot of quirky facts along the way. She details these experience and accompanying phobias in her new book, What Would Susie Say?.
This week, she came into WNYC as a guest on the Leonard Lopate Show. We asked her how to avoid getting sick –- or worse, getting the swine flu.
Three words: Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.