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Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2005
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BLINDSIDED is a book sized small in width and length, but powerfully-packed in content with exceptional use of words, phrases and sharing of personal privacy. Richard M. Cohen tells of his life, his family, his chronic illness with candor, wit, anger and courage. Cohen reveals heartache, emotional, physical and mental trials, with introspection of his actions and effect upon his family and self well-being. There are moments when Cohen sometimes goes within himself, leaving the reader, but faithfully he returns.
At age 25, Cohen was diagnosed with beginning stages of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - a progressive disease. In later years, he battles recurring colon cancer with accompanying side effects, and deals with blindness attributed to side effects of MS. With honesty, the author vents the struggles of physical and mental pain. The fact that the medical profession was only mildly supportive in caring... unconcerned with applying the holistic approach, and the ramifications suffered by Mr. Cohen is appalling, a blemish on the medical profession -- albeit not a new occurrence.
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This is not a "how-to-cope" book. It will take you inside the mind of a person who suffers from a disease -- severe MS in this case -- and is a journal of sorts of his battle for 25+ years. Insult is added to injury when he develops colon cancer - twice.
Cohen is marrried to television talk-show host (The View) Meredith Viera, and it's about the dynamics of their marriage and family (three children) as much as it is about him and his illnesses. The honesty is searing and made me feel as if I were with a compatriot in a lonely war.
What I have found to be of great help for myslef is developing my spiritual (different from religious) life. Cohen dismisses this avenue of help, although he talks a lot about atttitude, and I wanted to reach out to him and share the comfort I have found.
I still highly recommend this book to anyone who is chronically ill, or shares a life with someone who faces that challenge.
It will touch your heart and soul. This book will take you to places within your psyche that are so painful, gut wrenching and raw you will wonder how Richard could write in ways that you have always felt but were unable to put into words.
I have MS and have read many books on the subject of living with a chronic illness. This is by far the best. If you or your family is living with illness this book is should be on the top of your reading to-do list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read it, put it down for 2 years, picked it up again. His writing is just awful. No flow, no humor, ugh...... You can have a sad story and still make it a wonderful read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Janet S.
a must-read for anyone suffering with any kind of disability...and for all the people around them...Published 14 months ago by Annabelee
This book is utterly phenomenal. HIGHLY recommend. It's heartbreaking, uplifting, wise, self reflective, brutally honest and even a little funny. Richard M. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Itedra
This is a very personal story, but I think it would be comforting to those with MS or cancer. I found it comforting to compare his issues with my own, as a person with... Read morePublished 21 months ago by D. Hage
I've read this twice since I admire his wife on television and took great interest in how he describes his journey with wife and children. Read morePublished 21 months ago by N. Lee
Great book for inspiration especially if you are a middle age man or woman wondering how to cope with life's everyday challenges. Thanks Mr. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joe Grant