No More Secs!: Living, Laughing, & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosisby Ann Pietrangelo
How do you plan for life's second half with a body you've never met before? One precarious step at a time. From the impersonal diagnosis by email to a wedding presided over by a funeral director, this is no
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When 44-year-old Ann Pietrangelo is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, all previous assumptions about health, work, and her new romance are up for grabs.
How do you plan for life's second half with a body you've never met before? One precarious step at a time. From the impersonal diagnosis by email to a wedding presided over by a funeral director, this is no tragic tale of woe. Like relapsing/remitting MS itself, the book alternates between the serious (“When I turn toward him, there's a big hole where his right cheek should be.”) and the silly (“The bocce balls don't get out much.”).
This poignant and often humorous story of acceptance and change relies on a basic truth – good health and life are fleeting, but love and humor trump all. Every second matters, a point driven home by yet another life-altering diagnosis.
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Meet the Author
Ann is the author of "No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis," and "Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer."
Making peace with multiple sclerosis, surviving triple-negative breast cancer, and continuing to pursue a career as a freelance writer...well, let's just say she's fairly stubborn and has a well-developed sense of humor.
She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and her work is published on sites all around the web. Ann and her husband, Jim, are partners in WebCamp One, LLC, a full-service website development and content creation company. Their philosophy is a simple one: LIVE while you're here and give back when you can.
When they're not working or hanging out with their cat, Smokey, Jim and Ann can be found strolling the neighborhood or exploring their adopted city of Williamsburg, Virginia. Their children and extended families are scattered throughout the country, so there's almost always a trip on the calendar. Ann enjoys volunteering her time to such worthwhile organizations as Beyond Boobs! and the National MS Society. Jim and Ann are proud members of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and they've got the hard hats to prove it.
"Where the road leads, for now, is a mystery. I'm just grateful to be on the road." -- Ann Pietrangelo
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Ann Pietrangelo puts into words what those of us with MS experience. She captures what it is like to have an unreliable body, how anxiety provoking going out into the world to perform routine chores such as shopping and going to the post office can be when balance issues get in the way. She sensitively writes about the insecurities we feel when reevaluating our relationships and our desirability to other people. As Ann develops her own relationship with her MS, she shows how we can take control of the disease and our medical care. This is an uplifting book about a devastating disease! It is a must read!
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Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis by Ann Pietrangelo is her story of living with MS. It took three months to receive the diagnosis by email...that's right, email. I cannot imagine a colder way to find out. She and Jim already expected the outcome of all the tests. For a few moments, she wondered if she just ignored and deleted the email if MS would just go away. Pietrangelo shares her story with candor and often humor. She was only 44 years old when MS changed her life. It meant leaving her full time job for a part time position at a local funeral home, where they were willing to be flexible. She was often too weak to go in to work, sometimes for a few days and sometimes for a few weeks. Jim is her strength and support, loving her enough to ask her to marry him despite the MS. Their relationship was one of lovers, "husband and wife and at times, care giver and wife." Pietrangelo shares the highs and lows of living with MS. I would describe her as courageous, loving, and a fighter. Her personality shines through in this tale. She had me smiling at a very appropriate wedding presided over by a funeral director. Actually, it sounded like a lovely service befitting a loving couple. This book will offer hope, courage and insight to others living with Multiple Sclerosis, or who knows, someone with the disease. For Pietrangelo it was an inconvenience; she refused to let it destroy her. I do not mean to make light of the symptoms she has to live with; it is her attitude that makes it an inconvenience. Where others would allow MS to become the center of their life, she continues to live life to its fullest. Ann's story is one of realism; MS is not the only battle she has faced. Yet, she ends her book with these words, "I am alive. Gloriously alive! I am functioning and loved . and yes, I still have many more stories to tell."
I WILL GAIN MY STRENGTH FROM YOUR MS EXPERIENCES ANN. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THEM WITH US! YOU ROCK!
Great read, eye opening and a truly inspiring story.