When the Diagnosis Is Multiple Sclerosis: Help, Hope, and Insights from an Affected Physician

When the Diagnosis Is Multiple Sclerosis: Help, Hope, and Insights from an Affected Physician

by Kym Orsetti Furney M.D.

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Overview

Kym Orsetti Furney was a 34-year-old physician, specializing in Internal Medicine, busy with her exciting job and enjoying life with her husband and young daughter in 2000, when she suddenly began to experience dizziness repeatedly, which rapidly led to a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Her world was rocked for a time, but Furney has recovered from the shock and - empowered by information, acceptance and support - continues working as a doctor, teaching and taking care of her family, despite the challenges of MS. For all people dealing with a personal or family diagnosis now, she offers help, hope and insights by explaining all the medical perspectives, but also reflecting on her own personal experiences after diagnosis. Never forgetting the fear and hopelessness she felt at the time she learned of her own MS, she discusses the many challenges, from depression and overcoming fear of injection medications, to how and when to tell others about having MS and understanding the impact MS may have on one's career. Readers will find a strong connection with this talented physician and the thoughts and emotions that she has had facing MS.

Furney's well-researched and compassionate writing will not only empower people newly diagnosed with MS, but will give family members insight into the physical and emotional challenges for their loved one, challenges that she or he may not immediately be able to voice. This work also offers invaluable insights for healthcare professionals, psychologists, psychiatrists, physical and occupational therapists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275994686
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/30/2007
Series: Praeger Series on Contemporary Health and Living Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kym Orsetti Furney, M.D. is in private practice at Mecklenberg Medical Group of Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is also Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Furney graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and received her doctor of medicine degree with honors from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. After ten years of teaching medical students and residents, she joined a private practice group. In 2000, Furney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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Michael Kaufman

"Kym O. Furney's book provides newly and not-so-newly diagnosed people with MS an extraordinary insight into how to cope with the effects of this disease on their lives. Every chapter stands alone, offering gems of wisdom that come from intelligent reflection. Even when Dr. Furney's experience runs counter to current practices, such as how she took disease-modifying therapy prior to conception, her opinions are well thought out. With great common sense she tackles the tough issues of when and to whom to tell you have MS, the decision to have children, and identifying depression in oneself. I enthusiastically endorse this book and plan to recommend it to all of my MS Clinic patients."

Michael Kaufman, MD Director, MS Clinic of Carolinas Medical Center

Michael Kaufman

"Kym O. Furney's book provides newly and not-so-newly diagnosed people with MS an extraordinary insight into how to cope with the effects of this disease on their lives. Every chapter stands alone, offering gems of wisdom that come from intelligent reflection. Even when Dr. Furney's experience runs counter to current practices, such as how she took disease-modifying therapy prior to conception, her opinions are well thought out. With great common sense she tackles the tough issues of when and to whom to tell you have MS, the decision to have children, and identifying depression in oneself. I enthusiastically endorse this book and plan to recommend it to all of my MS Clinic patients."

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