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Life Continues: Facing the Challenges of MS, Menopause & Midlife with Hope, Courage & Humor Paperback – September 7, 2010

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About the Author

Carmen Ambrosio was born in the U. S. Virgin Islands. Since 2007, she has operated her own business designing and selling merchandise featuring her writing and photography. Life Continues is her first book. She lives with her husband Larry in Ohio. Visit her web site www.ambrosart.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: AMBROSart, Ltd. (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615388752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615388755
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,252,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading the title, I was excited and intrigued that three daunting conditions at one could be addressed. Disappointingly, I don't feel that any of the three are addressed fully or realistically. It reads more like a personal journal of a person who has no idea how lucky they are to have the good things in their life that they are blessed with. The idea of a husband, friends, and a loyal dog are all touched on in brief "I am so grateful..." lists, but as a reader, one doesn't get the feeling that the author actually IS grateful, but just giving lip service on the relentless march toward more talking about themselves. The most valuable snippet to take away from this book is that everyone with MS experiences it differently, but I already knew that. It is tiring, but worth it, to sift through the book as if you were panning for gold, because as few and far between as they are, there a few nuggets worth finding.
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Wow, is this author creative! "Life Continues: Facing the Challenges of MS, Menopause, and Midlife with Hope, Courage, and Humor" is a witty, cleverly written memoir by Carmen Ambrosio. Throughout the book, the author interjects lightheartedness and optimism into the serious subject of multiple sclerosis. In fact, she deals with every topic with grace along with a heavy dose of humor.

One mark of a good book is when you actually laugh out loud when reading it. That I did and so will you! Her perspective on communicating with the body is hilarious! "Bod mail" is an area we all would benefit from paying attention to and the author leads you on a journey of how this process works.

Whether or not you're dealing with any of these subjects, you'll find comic relief in reading Life Continues. Plus, you will discover how turning hardships into appreciating possibilities enables you to celebrate and focus on the positive aspects of your life.

I gave the book as a gift and encouraged my friends to pick up a copy which they did. See for yourself what a talented and inspiring writer Ambrosio is. And you'll also notice that her husband is a gem!

I'm already on the lookout for her next book.
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I have read a lot of books about the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis, but Carmen Ambrosia goes far beyond that scope. Her book, Life Continues, tells the story of life: life with family, life as an independent woman, life as a wife and step-mother, and life with friends and co-workers. Life with multiple sclerosis is a part of her story, but it is not her defining role.

Carmen grew up in the Virgin Islands, but moved to the northern United States to attend college. Statistics say that moving to a northern latitude before the age of 16 can increase an individual's possibility of developing MS. Whether that is due to the sudden lessening of natural vitamin D via sunlight, or due to other environmental toxins, is not yet known, and is not addressed in her story. Why she developed MS is not a question she spends a lot of time asking; how to go on and live her life as best she can is more her focus.

Ambrosio's book includes moment of humor and moments of pathos; her father's death of cancer is a sobering moment in her life. She had a wonderful relationship with him, and treasures what she learned from him. Her independence and self sufficiency are traits that she attributes to that relationship. She also had a warm and valued kinship with her grandmother, who lived her life in the Islands simply, making herbal remedies for her fellow islanders and sharing generously her wisdom, faith and food. What Carmen brought forth from this relationship is her own sense of generosity and the ability to self-sustain with the help of those who love and care for her.

Carmen views doctors are people who are capable of helping and capable of making mistakes.
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Life Continues: Facing the Challenges of MS, Menopause & Midlife with Hope, Courage & Humor
by Carmen Ambrosio
AMBROSart Limited

In the preface to her brave book, Carmen Ambrosio references Laura Hillenbrand's masterful work, Seabiscuit. It's an appropriate impulse. Ms Ambrosio has Multiple Sclerosis, and the syndrome causes her to view life from an angle most people do not, just as Hillenbrand was forced to do. As with Hillenbrand, the acute angle, if I may use that geometric analogy, leads her to write about her unique situation. The result for Carmen Ambrosio, and for us, her readers, is a book that chips away a little bit more at the enduring myth that such diseases as MS and CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, are a conquering force that destroys any chance for human beings to fulfill their potential. Reading Life Continues one understands that the legacy of chronic illness is anything but debilitating, and indeed can be empowering.
Through a clever creation of ways to communicate with her body despite the MS that wants to run the show--such pathways as `bod mail,' and `The three Bs,' Bearded. Bloated, Bitchy,'-- Ambrosio seems to play the same game with her syndrome that it attempts to use on her, a distancing kind of dance to control things. We get the impression that Ambrosio is the better player here; she turns the tables on MS, using the disease-- the dis-ease--as just another challenge tossed her way to show how tough and resourceful she is. Instead of the complaints and self-absorptive behavior the author might be entitled to, she will have none of that, making a conscious decision to live her life to the fullest. As the title suggests, life continues anyway, the train leaves the station, get on it or don't complain if you're left behind.
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