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"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

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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 is my sincere hope you come away from it on a positive note. Then I'll know I've done good. Thank you.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466474688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466474680
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fairbanks Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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. I shed some tears reading about her relationship with her husband. Those things got the three stars. There were also places in the book that seemed to wander, and the last of it sounded like lecturing to me. So for those two reasons, I took off two stars. She is an honest and heartfelt writer who just needs a little structure to keep her story flowing.
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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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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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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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I enjoyed reading this memoir. Ann was diagnosed with MS and relates her story with warmth, humor, and conviction. Her real-world experiences with the disease opened my eyes to how MS can change someone's life. Ann faces every day with a sense of humor and a positive attitude, never shying away from describing the tough parts. The love story of her relationship with her husband was particularly touching and lovely to read. A stirring glimpse into one woman's heart and mind.
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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 perform routine chores such as shopping and going to the post office can be when balance issues get in the way. She sensitively writes about the insecurities we feel when reevaluating our relationships and our desirability to other people. As Ann develops her own relationship with her MS, she shows how we can take control of the disease and our medical care. This is an uplifting book about a devastating disease! It is a must read!
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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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