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MS Madness (Self Help, Motivational, Medical, Memoirs)
     

MS Madness (Self Help, Motivational, Medical, Memoirs)

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by Yvonne deSousa
 
Yvonne deSousa's diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis came with an insightful declaration from a new doctor ("MS sucks") and a brother's helpful advice ("You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now"). What followed was a year of MS-adventures: "accidentally" kicking an officious male doctor in the crotch, becoming an undercover

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Yvonne deSousa's diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis came with an insightful declaration from a new doctor ("MS sucks") and a brother's helpful advice ("You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now"). What followed was a year of MS-adventures: "accidentally" kicking an officious male doctor in the crotch, becoming an undercover agent to pay for medication made from Chinese hamster ovary cells, discovering the amazing effects of legal speed, and battling her arch-nemesis, the dreaded food group: vegetables. Throughout her MS journey, Yvonne learned how to use humor to find acceptance in her diagnosis, and how to smile in the face of a debilitating chronic illness. MS Madness will make you laugh while learning the real story of what MS, a disease that affects 400,000 Americans daily, can do to a perfectly normal person. Life with multiple sclerosis can be daunting, but Yvonne shares her giggles at the bizarre world she has unwittingly entered and the new perspectives it has given her on life. MS Madness makes us realize that with a sense of humor, we can survive anything.

Editorial Reviews

Reader's Favorite - Dr. Olivia Dsouza
MS Madness! is just what it promises to be. The author has managed to turn a potential sob story into a humorous read without losing the main plot. It takes a lot to make fun of yourself and the author does it with ease. Her ability to laugh at herself, in spite of her condition, can surely be an inspiration to one and all. I really think it takes a lot of courage to look your MS diagnosis in the face and choose not to be beaten by it. She deserves a pat on the back for telling it with a smile.
NY Times best-selling author of Blindsided and Strong at the Broken Places - Richard M. Cohen
MS Madness! ... combines defiance with humor, the secret weapon of the sick. Laughter has carried me a greater distance than conventional medicine ever will. In the end, attitude drives well being.
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America - MSAA Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
MS Madness! is an enjoyable book for anyone looking to uncover the lighter side of MS. Authored by a woman with MS, the story is written in a conversational tone, connecting the reader with her many unique encounters and entertaining perspectives. Ms. deSousa takes readers on her journey through her daily events, including her relationships, school and work, doctor visits, and much more, all while sharing her comical thoughts on how she interprets the sometimes bizarre situations.
3rd Annual Writers Digest Self-Published eBook Awards - Writer's Digest
"... Author's writing voice is friendly and relatable, with terrific, subtle humor that we can see is a strong tool in helping her cope; readers will glean from her example that humor is an essential element in any diagnosis.... Author shares the steps of treatment well, particularly strongly in scenes of self-injection, and discussion about treatments and medications. Author has done a lot of research in the field of MS diagnosis and treatment, which is a strong core of the book.... This is an

Product Details

BN ID:
2940148177364
Publisher:
SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC
Publication date:
02/24/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
684,991
File size:
528 KB

Meet the Author

Two years before Yvonne’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a relative volunteered her to write an article for a local newspaper. Little did she know it was the beginning of a writing career. When MS threatened to turn her into a lunatic, she started writing more frequently, eventually publishing her work in newspapers, an online digest, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith. She writes a regular blog on www.yvonnedesousa.com and presents programs designed to help others use humor to help cope with chronic illness.

Yvonne enjoys writing, laughing, and resting.

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MS Madness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Metamorph-Publishing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful and heart-breaking tale! As I, too, suffered a mid-life crisis with a diagnosis of leukemia, I can certainly sympathize with Yvonne's situation, and I really enjoyed her humorous take on MS! I wish I'd had this book to read two years ago when I was stranded in a hospital for 8 months, 3 1/2 hours away from home and everyone I knew. Not only good reading for someone with MS, but anyone with any kind of illness, whether it be life-long or something that can actually be overcome, as in my case with the cancer. What a roller coaster she is on, and I was happy to share some of the ride with her!