Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir

Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir

by Richard M. Cohen


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ISBN-13: 9780060014100
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 843,639
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Richard M. Cohen's distinguished career in journalism earned him numerous awards, including three Emmys and a George Foster Peabody Award. He lives outside New York City with his wife, Meredith Vieira, and their three children.

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“I cannot remember ever being more profoundly moved by any book I have ever read.…Don’t miss this book.”

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“[Blindsided] paints an incredibly sharp picture of what it is like to live passionately—with joy, love, and anger.”

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“Blindsided is beautifully written and utterly honest. May we all be so brave and caring in our own families.”

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Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having just read the very last sentence I have tears in my eyes from the strong emotions I feel upon it's end. Words can't describe how well written and truly honest this book is. It will touch your heart and soul. This book will take you to places within your psyche that are so painful, gut wrenching and raw you will wonder how Richard could write in ways that you have always felt but were unable to put into words. I have MS and have read many books on the subject of living with a chronic illness. This is by far the best. If you or your family is living with illness this book is a must read.
bobbieharv on LibraryThing 6 months ago
When will I learn not to read books by journalists, even ones who get MS and then colon cancer? Typical sentence: "Our relationship was exciting, our mutual attraction warming as rapidly as the dunes leading down to the sea in the August sun."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband was diagnosed three months ago with colon cancer and I needed something to read to help me cope. Mr. Cohen's book was insightful, revealing, sensitive and very close to home. It helped me understand those male emotions much more. You are a tough guy, but your heart is intwined with your wife and kids. It took amazing strength for him to expose that much of himself and his family, especially when both he and his wife are public figures. When I watch the view now, I see pain in Meredith's eyes that no actor can hide. Dale Ann Petersen, Spokane, WA
Guest More than 1 year ago
BLINDSIDED is a book sized small in width and length, however, it is powerfully-packed in content with exceptional use of words, phrases and sharing of personal privacy. Richard M. Cohen tells of his life, his family, his chronic illness with candor, wit, anger and courage. Cohen reveals heartache, emotional, physical and mental trials, with introspection of his actions and effect upon his family and self well-being. There are moments when Cohen sometimes goes within himself, leaving the reader, but faithfully he returns. At age 25, Cohen was diagnosed with beginning stages of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - a progressive disease. In later years, he battles recurring colon cancer with accompanying side effects, and deals with blindness attributed to side effects of MS. With honesty, the author vents the struggles of physical and mental pain. The fact that the medical profession was only mildly supportive in caring¿ unconcerned with applying the holistic approach, and the ramifications suffered by Mr. Cohen is appalling, a blemish on the medical profession -- albeit not a new occurrence. At the beginning there are natural denials ¿ Cohen states, 'Yes, denial can put the brain to sleep, anesthetizing the mind that refuses to face the truth and see the approaching freight train hauling the heavy load of heavy reality.' Some of his 'advisors' tell him¿ 'don't tell anyone'¿ then others say, 'tell about your illness'¿ 'full disclosure does not work in the real world¿' Either route presented problems¿ within these advisors are coworkers, peers, relating to the damage or not of telling employers and prospective employers. Attempting to live life to the fullest with courage and dignity, Cohen continues his participation in assignments of travel including Poland, Beirut, San Salvador, Middle East and China. From Richard Cohen¿ '¿ the formula for successful coping rests in the eye of the beholder¿ no magic¿ Making peace is not a one-shot deal but an effort that spans a lifetime. Coping takes discipline and self-control.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read. I kept lookng at the corner of the pages to make sure I didn't skip a page. If you are into books that reveal the human condition and its trials, this is a must read. Richard Cohen will take the reader on a journey that reveals his raw emotinons on how he deals with chronic illness. Emotions that run the gamit both high and low, but forever moving foward. As a reader, I was glad he had the courage to share his heavey hearted experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'A Reluctant Memoir', the subtitle states, but this truly is a book that needed to be written, by the author and for the reader. The philosophy that emerges on these pages could only result from actual life experience. Richard Cohen has courageously chosen to forego his personal privacy to share his hard learned insights. 'Privacy belongs to those who feel they cannot reveal limitations they will not admit to themselves.', writes Cohen in this 'must read' for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of living and loving.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book after seeing Mr. Cohen's interview with his wife on 20/20 and on The View. His writing has put me into the scene and shows me firsthand what he went through during his life. Mr. Cohen, you are a person someone like me can look up to.