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No More Secs!: Living, Laughing, & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis Paperback – October 25, 2011
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"No More Secs!" offers a glimpse into the mindset of a person diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. "Other people with MS tell me that it mirrors their own experiences," says Ann. "Some used my book to explain MS to their friends and family. Feedback like this, 'I laughed, I cried, I connected to you in a way I've connected with no one else. It was so nice to know I'm not alone,' gives me an indescribable high."
The follow-up book, "Catch That Look," tells of her experiences with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), something she'd never heard of until her diagnosis. When a reader who was dealing with her own TNBC told her, "I'm passing the book on to my daughter when I finish it," she knew it was worth the effort.
Ann is also a freelance health writer whose work is published on sites all around the web.
"Where the road leads, for now, is a mystery. I'm just grateful to be on the road." -- Ann Pietrangelo
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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.Read more ›
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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Great to hear peoples personal stories. Thanks for putting yourself out there.Published 7 months ago by A. Litchy
I enjoyed reading this memoir. Ann was diagnosed with MS and relates her story with warmth, humor, and conviction. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jamie
I do have MS, so I could relate. A real, yet humorous book about dealing with awful disease. Laughter is a big key.Published 20 months ago by Stagetechgrl
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Richard H. Walden
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 on November 13, 2013 by Lorraine A. Schreiber
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 morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Reggie
Throughly enjoyed Ann's true story about living with MS. Even for those who don't have MS it is definitely worth reading. Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by lbj