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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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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.
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.Read more ›
by Carmen Ambrosio
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a really neat quick read. Those with MS or friends of people with MS will enjoy reading this bookPublished 8 months ago by Mare
These ski masks seem like they were for children - cheaply madePublished 18 months ago by kim caines
After reading the reviews here I expected this to be much, much more interesting and relevant. I also have a progressive neurological disorder, not as life threatening as MS, but... Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by Susanne C.
As life begins to strike with age, some women take it better than others. "Life Continues: Facing the Challenges of MS, Menopause, and Midlife with Hope, Courage, and Humor" is a... Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Midwest Book Review
Carmen writes beautifully about a life that is rich in so many ways, while at same time time, shaped by the need to continually adapt to living with a progressive disease. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Lnda Safran