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MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis Paperback – December 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter House; 1 edition (December 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089793489X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897934893
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...what Shadday offers is valuable, empowering advice for her fellow sufferers and their families on how to cope, understand, and overcome the adverse emotional and psychological impact of the disease. Included are effective strategies for dealing with fear and negative emotions, maintaining self-esteem, and prevailing over the disabling complications of MS. With its upbeat and practical advice, this book will find an eager audience in consumer health and patient libraries; highly recommended. — Library Journal

...In her new book, Allison Shadday thoroughly addresses this most difficult of issues with compassion and insight...from coming to terms with the initial diagnosis to learning how to handle depression, fatigue, and cognitive problems as they occur, Shadday offers insight and information... MS and Your Feelings is an easy read and a great addition to any MS library. Readers will find this a helpful reference to consult again and again over time. — Inside MS

As someone who has struggled with MS for almost 20 years, I have read many books about it. I believe this is the most comprehensive and helpful book to deal with the many emotions of MS. The exercises are especially useful for the individual, as well as their family." — Marie Schwab, English teacher, MS patient

Finally, a long overdue book on managing the emotional impact of MS! MS and Your Feelings addresses specific psychological challenges and provides in-depth questionnaires and practical strategies to help you understand and ultimately meet those challenges. Written by a woman who lives with MS and who has counseled hundreds of people with the disease, Allison Shadday explores denial and acceptance, guilt and depression, psychological numbing, loneliness, and much more. With personal insights and experiences from men and women living with MS scattered throughout, readers will undoubtedly recognize themselves and their emotional challenges, and consequently, feel validated and less alone.” —Christine Ratliff, Editor, MSFocus, The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

One of the greatest hurdles in dealing with an unpredictable disease like MS is to learn how to overcome the psychological burden of not knowing what the next day will bring. Allison Shadday helps readers realize whether you have MS or not life is unpredictable so we must all learn to be happy and content with what we have today. MS and Your Feelings helps readers bridge the distance they feel with the outside world and gives the hope of living a fulfilling happy life. — Andrew Larson, M.D. and Ivy Ingram Larson, authors of The Gold Coast Cure and Fitter, Firmer, Faster

In MS and Your Feelings Allison Shadday gives us tools that can change our perception of MS and of ourselves as MS patients. The simple exercises she recommends can empower us to amend the way we respond to the presence of MS in our lives. Allison’s words might ultimately enable us to view MS as an ally in our journey toward self fulfillment rather than as an enemy to be fought every step of the way. Allison has done a great job and a great service to MSers. — Judith Lynn Nichols, Author of Women Living with MS and Women Living Beyond MS

About the Author

Allison Shadday, LCSW - Allison Shadday is a medical clinical social worker with 14 years of experience counseling chronically ill patients and their families. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996.

Allison Shadday is a medical clinical social worker with 14 years of experience counseling chronically ill patients and their families. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996.

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As a professional counselor for people dealing with chroic illness, I wrote this book to help those who are struggling with the emotional impact of MS. I have lived with the disease personally for 14 years and I have a unique understanding of the challenges this disease presents. I realize that not everyone can afford or has access to a counselor and so this book is for all of you who are looking for practical solutions to complicated issues. I hope you will find understanding, compassion and validation in these pages and that you will share it with others to help them understand your reality.

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A very well written and researched book.
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This book will be very helpful to family and friends as well as to patients of MS and other chronic and debilitating diseases.
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When I read this book I felt it was written for me!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda Wood Miller on April 18, 2007
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Allison Shadday has written a very readable and user friendly book about multiple sclerosis. Her descriptions of the disease are clear and jargon-free which makes understanding the medical aspects quite effortless.

Her very personal story creates empathy, compassion and appreciation for the complexities, challenges and ambiguities experienced by folks living with this disease. She is articulate in describing the similarities experienced by folks with MS, while also emphasizing the differences of each person's experience and symptoms.

Her highest accomplishment is her ability to present concise,practical strategies for coping with common psychological difficulties that MS patients and their families often struggle with. From both her rich professional experience, and her personal story, she has much helpful information to impart, and is able to help people feel that they have more control of their lives than they might think.

I found the book to be an extremely useful resource for patients I see in psychotherapy, their families, and for myself as I try to gain a better understanding of this unpredictable disease.

Linda Miller, Ph.D.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dorothyanne VINE VOICE on April 26, 2007
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Allison Shadday has given us a clearly written and well-organized treatment on a subject that is not often covered for those of us with MS. The book has a great balance between the facts and the experiences of real-life ms-ers, including her own.

The book handles the various symptoms of MS and how they affect emotions, and vice-versa. The chapters on depression, sexual intimacy and caregivers are excellent.

I recommend this book to all patients and their circles.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Sundberg on February 3, 2007
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"MS and Your Feelings" is an insightful look at the effects of MS on a patient's social,emotional, and psychological landscape. The book offers a wealth of practical ideas for managing the wide range of personal and social challenges that MS creates. This book will be very helpful to family and friends as well as to patients of MS and other chronic and debilitating diseases.
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In "MS And Your Feelings: Handling The Ups And Downs Of Multiple Sclerosis", medical clinical social worker Allison Shadday draws upon her more than fourteen years of experience counseling chronically ill patients and their families and her personal experience with MS (she was first diagnosed with the condition in 1995) to offer hope, inspiration, validation, and basic information for patients with MS, as well as their families and loved ones. Readers will learn about how to come to terms with an MS diagnosis; strategies for coping with fear, guilt, anger, loss, depression and isolation; tips for increasing self-esteem and developing a greater sense of emotional security and stability; how to recognize and overcome negative emotional responses to MS; steps to enhance intimacy and build support networks; how to minimize MS-related fatigue and deal with cognitive challenges; techniques to identify and manage stress triggers that can exacerbate MS symptoms; and the very latest information about new treatment options and promising research. Allison Shadday not only writes with evident authority, she is an able communicator whose total mastery of her subject is conveyed with admirable articulation to the benefit of the non-specialist general reader. Anyone having do deal with an MS diagnosis, should give "MS And Your Feelings" careful attention -- it will answer all of the basic questions and address the fundamental issues with complete clarity and an invaluable comprehensiveness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Wood on May 6, 2007
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We have a friend with MS, and having seen the author on our local morning news program, I was compelled to check out this book for my own information. I feel I've become more informed and hopefully more understanding. The extensive referal section in the back is worth it on its own. Once I started seeing what a positive attitude Allison uses, I found it hard for me to put the book down. I then purchased a second copy for our friend, so that maybe we'll be able to critique it together and see if it helps her with her MS. A lot of the information also fits into dealing with any one in everyday life.
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This book was overwhelmingly approved by our local review committee that is responsible for reviewing materials made available to clients with MS. It's easy to understand language and application addresses real life issues people with MS face on a day to day basis. The book is also ideal for family members and caregivers to give insite into the experience of living with MS. Allison's unique perspective is honest as she's both a clinician and person living with MS, so the reader can feel at ease that they are getting an accurate portrayal of life with MS from both a professional and personal perspective. One of the the neurologist's that sits on the review committe stated, he would "make this book available in all his waiting rooms", as it applies to the person with MS, the family, the partner and the caregiver.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dorothyanne Brown on February 18, 2009
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MS and Your Feelings is a must for anyone dealing with the ravages of MS. Even if your MS is following a relatively benign course, the emotions associated with loss around a chronic disease, plus the loss of cognitive functions, memory, and emotional stability associated with the disease itself make this book timely and helpful. I've read it through twice already - first when first diagnosed, and again when my emotions were getting out of control.
Filled with good, sensible information and encouragement, it's a keeper, for frequent revisiting. If you buy one book about the emotional changes of MS, this should be the book.
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