Voices of Multiple Sclerosis: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength [NOOK Book]

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Offering candid, heartfelt, and inspiring stories of 40 diverse individuals who have been affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), this compilation creates a connection that is vital to those dealing with the mysterious and difficult symptoms of this nerve condition. With 10,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year and its causes still not fully understood, these stories of personal experience act as a support group by offering advice and encouragement and creating a sense of community. The ...

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Voices of Multiple Sclerosis: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength

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Overview

Offering candid, heartfelt, and inspiring stories of 40 diverse individuals who have been affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), this compilation creates a connection that is vital to those dealing with the mysterious and difficult symptoms of this nerve condition. With 10,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year and its causes still not fully understood, these stories of personal experience act as a support group by offering advice and encouragement and creating a sense of community. The collection also features current medical information by noted experts in the fields of MS research and treatment. The resource section is packed with organizations offering hope and help for those with MS and their families and friends.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After facing breast cancer, Debra LaChance founded The Healing Project and initiated her seven-part Voices Of series (Voices of Breast Cancer, Voices of Alzheimer's, etc.) to fulfill the need-her own included-for "personal stories of those who had gone through this ordeal." The latest begins with an overview of multiple sclerosis by medical doctor John Richert, followed by 34 diverse voices of patients, as well as their spouses and children. California academic Jodene Kersten writes about her mother, born in a Japanese-American relocation camp during WWII and diagnosed with MS when she was 18, but who raised two children and pursued a career as a nurse. Gerald Chalmers writes about the physical and emotional obstacles, admitting that he refused a wheelchair for years because "it screamed 'disability,'" only to find it radically improved his life. Addressing all aspects of life with disease-diagnosis, diet, exercise, laughter, stigma, support, family and friends, acceptance, treatment, and the promise of new and better treatment-this is an honest collection that will provide great context and practical advice for patients and their loved ones.
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Library Journal
This collection of essays compiled by Gore from the Healing Project (Voices of Autism; Voices of Caregiving) contains inspiring true stories by those affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). Beginning with a medical overview, the book features short essays from patients and patients' loved ones. A wife writes about her husband's diagnosis of MS two months after the birth of their daughter, describing how their love helps get them through the bad days. A patient who lost most of her vision to MS explains how the disease has inspired her to become content with her life. The book concludes with a helpful list of MS organizations and resources. VERDICT Those diagnosed with MS or who have a loved one with MS will find support in this collection of stories, which provides a nice supplement to medical information about the disease as patients can read about others dealing with how MS has impacted their lives.—Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Ctr., Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Libs. & Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Health Syst., Richmond\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934184295
  • Publisher: LaChance Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Voices Of series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 907,083
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Day Gore is editor of the Voices Of series. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Healing Project Debra LaChance xi

An Overview of Multiple Sclerosis John Richert, M.D. xvii

Angels Fly Teri Garr xxxv

Acknowledgments xli

Part I I Have MS

Francis Scott Key David Scaffidi 3

Living Triumphantly Jodene Kersten 5

Living (and Sometimes Laughing) with Multiple Sclerosis Melissa Scholes Young 11

On Satan, Signs, and Rabbi Akiva Staci Bernard-Roth 15

A Short in the Cord Joan Wheeler 19

I Can Do Anything I Want... Just Watch Me! Gerard Chalmers 29

Part II Now What?

Walking on Stilts Cindy Lens 37

What The People Don't Know Judi Chatowsky 41

From Fear to Gratitude Lori Meyers 47

Positives for Every Negative Sheri A. Stanczak 51

When a Word Changes Everything Martha Elaine Belden 55

Disability Blues Dennis Fox 59

Part III Living with MS

A Country Named MS Diane J. Standiford 65

A Hot Day In July Rachel Oliker, M.D 69

Feeling Numb Jessica Lipnack 75

Telling the World Terry L. Wahls, M.D 79

Get a Room Anita Stienstra 83

Cute Shoes Karen Fisher-Alaniz 87

An Uplifting Exercise Vicki L. Julian 93

Part IV The MS Family

Recollection Rachel E. Pollock 97

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Beth Shaw 101

Memories of Home Myrna Beth Lambert 107

The Trapeze Diaries Marie Carter 111

Multiple Memories Raquelle Azran 117

The Suction Tube Marion Deutsche Cohen 121

A Simple Gift: Courtney Taylor 131

Part V The Gift of MS

Listing Port Cynde Route 139

My MS Rollercoaster Alba Barton 145

Tough Year Caryl Yvonne Hunter 149

Balancing on Pins and Needles Sonia Rice 153

The Gift of MS Bonni Barcus 157

My Part-Time Job Gayle Franck 161

Finding My Voices Roxanne D. Marion 167

Resources 169

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Insightful,touching, moving stories.

    I have multiple sclerosis (now going on for 23 years). I enjoyed this book very much. I could relate to some of the, "voices", narratives of some of the people, and others were upsetting. I could understand the feelings of the caretakers. It was quite insightful. I learned more about my disease and myself from a different point of view. It was a safe way for me to be exposed with more progressive forms of MS, since my disease has been changing over the years (worsening of symptoms). Highly recommend to care givers, people with MS or people who must work with the chronically ill.

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