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MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis Paperback – December 28, 2006
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...In her new book, Allison Shadday thoroughly addresses this most difficult of issues with compassion and insight...from coming to terms with the initial diagnosis to learning how to handle depression, fatigue, and cognitive problems as they occur, Shadday offers insight and information... MS and Your Feelings is an easy read and a great addition to any MS library. Readers will find this a helpful reference to consult again and again over time. Inside MS
As someone who has struggled with MS for almost 20 years, I have read many books about it. I believe this is the most comprehensive and helpful book to deal with the many emotions of MS. The exercises are especially useful for the individual, as well as their family." — Marie Schwab, English teacher, MS patient
Finally, a long overdue book on managing the emotional impact of MS! MS and Your Feelings addresses specific psychological challenges and provides in-depth questionnaires and practical strategies to help you understand and ultimately meet those challenges. Written by a woman who lives with MS and who has counseled hundreds of people with the disease, Allison Shadday explores denial and acceptance, guilt and depression, psychological numbing, loneliness, and much more. With personal insights and experiences from men and women living with MS scattered throughout, readers will undoubtedly recognize themselves and their emotional challenges, and consequently, feel validated and less alone.” —Christine Ratliff, Editor, MSFocus, The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
One of the greatest hurdles in dealing with an unpredictable disease like MS is to learn how to overcome the psychological burden of not knowing what the next day will bring. Allison Shadday helps readers realize whether you have MS or not life is unpredictable so we must all learn to be happy and content with what we have today. MS and Your Feelings helps readers bridge the distance they feel with the outside world and gives the hope of living a fulfilling happy life. — Andrew Larson, M.D. and Ivy Ingram Larson, authors of The Gold Coast Cure and Fitter, Firmer, Faster
In MS and Your Feelings Allison Shadday gives us tools that can change our perception of MS and of ourselves as MS patients. The simple exercises she recommends can empower us to amend the way we respond to the presence of MS in our lives. Allison’s words might ultimately enable us to view MS as an ally in our journey toward self fulfillment rather than as an enemy to be fought every step of the way. Allison has done a great job and a great service to MSers. — Judith Lynn Nichols, Author of Women Living with MS and Women Living Beyond MS
About the Author
Allison Shadday is a medical clinical social worker with 14 years of experience counseling chronically ill patients and their families. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996.
Top Customer Reviews
Her very personal story creates empathy, compassion and appreciation for the complexities, challenges and ambiguities experienced by folks living with this disease. She is articulate in describing the similarities experienced by folks with MS, while also emphasizing the differences of each person's experience and symptoms.
Her highest accomplishment is her ability to present concise,practical strategies for coping with common psychological difficulties that MS patients and their families often struggle with. From both her rich professional experience, and her personal story, she has much helpful information to impart, and is able to help people feel that they have more control of their lives than they might think.
I found the book to be an extremely useful resource for patients I see in psychotherapy, their families, and for myself as I try to gain a better understanding of this unpredictable disease.
Linda Miller, Ph.D.
The book handles the various symptoms of MS and how they affect emotions, and vice-versa. The chapters on depression, sexual intimacy and caregivers are excellent.
I recommend this book to all patients and their circles.
Filled with good, sensible information and encouragement, it's a keeper, for frequent revisiting. If you buy one book about the emotional changes of MS, this should be the book.
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Arrived quickly, great low price and was easy to find and use! Keep up the great deals and good work amazon.com!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Educational book for people with MS who are newly struggling with emotional issues. The book is a little dry, written like a text book, but filled with great information. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rebajam
It was good to know I was not going cray. The book explained many things to me and helped me to formulate a future plan and accept my probable future.Published 8 months ago by Lynn Chappy
Being newly diagnosed, I needed a book like this. Thank you. Informative, honest, factual.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is very helpful. It's okay to feel the way I do and helpful info.Published 9 months ago by Debi
I recommend this book for anyone living with Multiple Sclerosis. The format lends itself to giving the MSers good topics to discuss with family, friends, caretakers. Read morePublished 10 months ago by TDD