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No More Secs!: Living, Laughing, & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis [Kindle Edition]

Ann Pietrangelo
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When 44 year-old Ann Pietrangelo is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, all previous assumptions about health, work, and her new romance are up for grabs.

How do you plan for life's second half with a body you've never met before? One precarious step at a time. From the impersonal diagnosis by email to a wedding presided over by a funeral director, this is no tragic tale of woe. Like relapsing/remitting MS itself, the book alternates between the serious (“When I turn toward him, there's a big hole where his right cheek should be.”) and the silly (“The bocce balls don't get out much.”).

This poignant and often humorous story of acceptance and change relies on a basic truth – good health and life are fleeting, but love and humor trump all. Every second matters, a point driven home by yet another life-altering diagnosis.

Editorial Reviews


"Pietrangelo shares the highs and lows of living with MS... Her personality shines through in this tale... This book will offer hope, courage and insight to others living with multiple sclerosis, or who know someone with the disease." - Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite

From the Author

No More Secs! may strike a chord if you've got multiple sclerosis, or love someone who does. Still, it is only my story, not your story, and certainly not THE story of MS. Oh, and it's not all about MS either. Really. That's because life marches on whether we feel up to it or not. Mine sure did and, whether or not I'm ready, it keeps on marching. At its very heart, this is a love story. Romantic love. Love of family. Love of life. If you take a leap of faith and give No More Secs! a read, it's my sincere hope you come away from it on a positive note. Then I'll know I've done good.

Product Details

  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466474688
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WebCamp One, LLC (December 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055EGYOW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Person with MS is Much More than her Disease July 1, 2011
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Ann Pietrangelo has written a poignant, intelligent and very readable book about her struggles with relapsing/remitting Multiple Sclerosis. As she says , "MS puts me in a category of people who live a double life. One foot in the world of disability, one foot in the world of the able-bodied". With this form of MS she deals with remissions and relapses over and over, never knowing when one or the other will occur.

Ms. Pietrangelo discusses her life, her work, her family and her marriage. She focuses on the fact that she is much more than the sum of her symptoms or the name of her disease. She is a whole person, in love and loved, productive and successful. She has a history of writing for health blogs and she and her husband run a web design company.

Ann's Diagnosis occurred when she was 45 years old, beginning with tingling in her leg and arm. She is lucky to have health care insurance but it is running out as she is on the COBRA plan - the plan that is mandatory for companies to offer employees who leave employment. It is a plan they must pay for themselves and it only lasts for eighteen months. Ann discusses the frustrations of working with insurance companies and physicians along with her fear of what will happen when she is left uninsured.

She discusses the emotions that go along with her illness, especially "the mind games it plays with you. Guilt and self-doubt plague its unwilling hosts, and I'm no exception." Even though she is debilitated by her disease, she continues to feel she should do more, work more hours and be more productive. She finds it hard to accept her limitations with MS. "The thing about relapsing/remitting MS is that your disabilities are ever-changing. You have to learn to adapt to new situations very quickly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight talk February 24, 2013
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Ann writes about the experience of having MS with humor, reality, and love. Her book shows her navigating a relationship (with her body and her husband) with respect and a no nonsense view of the MS world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SO much better than I expected! December 13, 2012
By smcrae
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This book is a must read for anyone diagnosed with MS, or any family member or friend of someone with MS. As I was reading it, I kept thinking, "yep I've felt that way too". It's a funny, down to earth, honest take on what it's like to have MS. Some days are really good and some days are really bad. Her story gives me hope to maintain a normal life despite MS. Thanks Ann for such a great read-I really needed it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No More Secs July 1, 2011
By pacman1
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Everyone who has had a disease of some sort to contend with in life should take the time to read this book. Even if you haven't, you need to read it to get a clue as to how spouses really need to dedicate their lives to each other - even in sickness! I'm proud of Ann Pietrangelo as she lets us into her life on a personal level. Even in tough times of life, we should focus on helping others - that's what Ann does! And, yes, I love the cover of the book and the title. You have to read it to learn where the "secs" comes from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No More Secs July 29, 2011
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Ann Pietrangelo has done an exceptional job describing her struggles with Multiple Sclerosis. The book should be
read by all medical professionals and patients dealing with life changing medical conditions. I was very moved
by her book and have encouraged all of my co-workers to read it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very touching, funny and enjoyable book! April 17, 2012
By lbj
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Throughly enjoyed Ann's true story about living with MS. Even for those who don't have MS it is definitely worth reading. She is a remarkable person with a story to tell that was inspirational, educational and down right funny! I read her book in two days, could not put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 5, 2014
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I do have MS, so I could relate. A real, yet humorous book about dealing with awful disease. Laughter is a big key.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humor & Grace March 31, 2014
By Megan
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I truly enjoyed Ann Pietrangelo's book about life with MS. Living with the disease myself, and swearing that the only way to get through the bad days is to find something to laugh about, it was wonderful to find someone else that feels the same way! Although one of the most frustrating things about this disease is you never know what tomorrow is going to be like, Ann seems to be finding her way through all the dips and hills (and spills) that just happen. It is a well written account of what it is like to have your life take such a drastic turn, by a woman that obviously has a lot of grace and a great sense of humor!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Great MS story, but a little scattered
This book validated so much about my own MS story. It made me feel less alone with my symptoms and I saw so much of myself in some of her stories. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kathy Hasty
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic View of Life with MS
Ms. Pietrangelo offers a very well-written and candid view of life with MS. The tone is quite positive considering the uncertainty and frustration of life with MS. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard H. Walden
3.0 out of 5 stars funny
still reading. like so far. funny has body to it. need more time. nice and short. easy to read. looking forward to finishing it.
Published 13 months ago by Lorraine A. Schreiber
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I bought this book for my daughter who was recently diagnosed with MS. She has read many books about this disease since being diagnosed but this one touched her heart. Read more
Published on October 27, 2012 by Reggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Comforting
I found No More Secs to be comforting to me personally, because I could strongly relate to so much of it. Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars No More Secs
Ann Pietrangelo puts into words what those of us with MS experience. She captures what it is like to have an unreliable body, how anxiety provoking going out into the world to... Read more
Published on July 24, 2011 by P. Karsh
5.0 out of 5 stars high heels despite
I just finished reading No More Secs by Ann Pietrangelo. It was like taking a stroll down memory lane. Her book lays out the truth, while daring me to shape my own future. Read more
Published on July 13, 2011 by Nicole
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More About the Author

Ann is the author of "No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis," and "Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer."

Making peace with multiple sclerosis, surviving triple-negative breast cancer, and continuing to pursue a career as a freelance writer...well, let's just say she's fairly stubborn and has a well-developed sense of humor.

She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and her work is published on sites all around the web. Ann and her husband, Jim, are partners in WebCamp One, LLC, a full-service website development and content creation company. Their philosophy is a simple one: LIVE while you're here and give back when you can.

When they're not working or hanging out with their cat, Smokey, Jim and Ann can be found strolling the neighborhood or exploring their adopted city of Williamsburg, Virginia. Their children and extended families are scattered throughout the country, so there's almost always a trip on the calendar. Ann enjoys volunteering her time to worthwhile organizations like the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and Beyond Boobs! Jim and Ann are proud members of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and they've got the hard hats to prove it.

"Where the road leads, for now, is a mystery. I'm just grateful to be on the road." -- Ann Pietrangelo


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