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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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 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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If you have MS or know someone with MS please read this book.
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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!
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Ann Pietrangelo puts into words what those of us with MS experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Cofer on 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 By smcrae on December 13, 2012
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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 By pacman1 on July 1, 2011
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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 By Tricia, RN on 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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By Jamie on January 29, 2015
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lbj on April 17, 2012
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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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By Stagetechgrl on 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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More About the Author

Ann Pietrangelo 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."

"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 (visit AnnPietrangelo.com) "Lest you get the idea that I'm a medical mess who wallows in her health problems," says Ann, "you should know that I'm not the 'why me?' type. Why not me? I'm not all about hearts and rainbows, either. I fall somewhere in between. I'm grateful and optimistic, but I'm also a realist. And I'm not in bad shape. I hold my own at the gym."

Random Facts About Ann:
She's a Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) Ambassador. | She's mom to a professional wrestler. | She volunteers a little time each week to a nonprofit called Beyond Boobs! The exclamation point is part of their name. | She's a member of the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and has the hard hat to prove it. | She can say the alphabet backwards in 4.5 seconds. Yes. She can. | The first performer she ever saw in concert was Elvis Presley. | She doesn't don't like vanilla. | She once worked on an assembly line in a Christmas ornament factory. Think Lucy in the chocolate factory. | She also worked in a funeral home. | She shares the same loft office with her web developer husband. All day. Every day. And they couldn't be happier about that.

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


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