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Mom's Story Paperback – October 20, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Chalet Publishers; 1st edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984083650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984083657
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,690,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda D. Steaveson on April 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Mom's Story is written from a child's point of view. It shows the emotions a child might feel when learning about, accepting and dealing with their parent's diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. The information in the glossary and reference section in the back of the book are valuable for further study on MS.
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This book was way too short. If it is written to a child crowd it should have been a little longer, kids can read! It's not a picture book for little ones so 8 and up could have had a few chapters. It just seemed like a dud. As a mother diagnosed with MS my 4, 8, and 12 year old like my adult information books and stories of survival better tham this one.
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Mary Jo Nickum has been living with MS since 1989. There are about 400,000 people in the US with MS. 200 People are diagnosed with it every week. 2.5 Million people have it worldwide. Ms. Nickum's website can be found at [...]

While this story is fictional, the information it presents is factual. The story is about a family of five. The mother, father, Tony & Kelly the twins, and Amy the youngest. It begins with a fall, then a plate of dropped eggs, followed by temporary blindness. The Verdict MS. This is where the most important parts of this book come in. The questions people have when faced with a debilitating disease, or in this case, kids have about a parent facing them. You have Amy who's worried that her mom is going to die, and about how life is going to change. Then there's Tony, who it seems feels a bit embarassed that his family isn't going to be "normal" anymore. I was able to relate to the kids, and understand what was going through their heads.

I think this would be a great book for children who's parents have been diagnosed with MS. I also think the ideas behind it could be used to discuss any major parental illness with children, such as getting the videos, books, internet research, etc. Kids get afraid very easy, and to deny the facts in order to protect them can sometimes make things much worse.

The Author includes a section on internet resources, places to get videos that were suggested, a glossary of terms, and information on MS itself. If you or someone you know has MS, and has children, I'd recommend this book.
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Eight-year-old Amy is practicing the piano when she hears a loud thump. Running into the kitchen she finds her mother sitting on the floor.

Why did Amy's mom fall? Amy starts to worry because Mom never falls. Then, Mom starts dropping things. One day, Mom almost goes blind in one eye. Dad takes her to the emergency room where some tests are run. Mom is also given an appointment at the Specialty Clinic. Thus, starts Amy and her family's journey to learn about Multiple Sclerosis.

Amy's big sister goes to the library and borrows several items about the disease. Dad, Mom and Amy turn to the internet and look up the website for the National MS Society. Through Amy's journey she learns what she can do to help Mom. She also learns that MS is nothing to be ashamed of. Her big brother, Tony, still has to learn this.

We follow Amy as she learns about the disease. She's very sad and turns to her best friend, Kayla. It turns out that Kayla's aunt has it too.

As a fellow MS'er, I fully recommend this book since so many children have a family member suffering from this disease. This is an easy to read and understand book explaining MS to children. Not only does Ms. Nickum insert the pronunciation of the terms of MS but there is also a glossary in the back of this book where she explains them.

Also, in the back of the book the author lists several resources that will help you on your journey to learn about this heart wrenching disease.
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