MS Madness!: A

MS Madness!: A "Giggle More, Cry Less" Story of Multiple Sclerosis

by Yvonne deSousa


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989972369
Publisher: SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 783,203
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About 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 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!: A "Giggle More, Cry Less" Story of Multiple Sclerosis 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Richie1 More than 1 year ago
In MS Madness, Yvonne gives us an in-depth analysis of what the disease can do, not only physically, but emotionally as well. But this is not a poor me story, well maybe just a little. An overactive bladder, chronic fatigue, depleted cognition and an inability to focus are some of the issues she faces with her Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. Dealing with legal speed, a new computer system at work and massive doses of Vitamin D could make anyone crazy. Yvonne flexes her Humerus muscles and beats back those nasty symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis with her funny bone. She leaves two things perfectly clear, Free Cell Solitare is a tough game and MS sucks!
NikiMattes More than 1 year ago
When Yvonne deSousa hears that she is diagnosed with MS, she doesn't sit still and does nothing,  you will go on the journey with her, on her first year. I so recognized myself in it (I have Fibro & Lupus "is a sister of MS") the best way to "fight" it is with humor, which you will find plenty of in this book.  It isn't a easy road I will tell you but Yvonne deSousa fold you in a warm embrace and perfect way to introduce people in the world of MS
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers' Favorite Yvonne deSousa is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The only way to deal with it is to face facts and take each day as it comes. The various signs and symptoms of the disease make her day to day life progressively difficult. She ends up quitting her front desk job. Whatever she has to face as a result of her MS, she does so with elan. Living and surviving through the MS fog-riddled days, Yvonne makes sure she does not lose her sense of humor and brightness of spirit. MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis by Yvonne deSousa 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. Describing the difficulties she faces in dealing with new technology and managing her finances, Yvonne surely strikes a chord with those of us who know what being a klutz is all about. Her review of the highly acclaimed movie, "Inception" is hilarious and not to be missed. 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. Yvonne has done a wonderful job of sharing her story in a very nice, readable way. She deserves a pat on the back for telling it with a smile.