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- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publisher: SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (February 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IMQLFHG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #8612 in Memoirs (Kindle Store)
- #2009 in Medical Professional Biographies
- #679 in Biographies of Medical Professionals (Kindle Store)
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MS Madness! is just what it promises to be. The author has managed to turn a potential sob story into a humorous read without losing the main plot. It takes a lot to make fun of yourself and the author does it with ease. Her ability to laugh at herself, in spite of her condition, can surely be an inspiration to one and all. I really think it takes a lot of courage to look your MS diagnosis in the face and choose not to be beaten by it. She deserves a pat on the back for telling it with a smile.
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Of course that is testament to deSousa's fluid, breezy prose. She is truly a good person, better than most--and she puts it across not in a self-congratulatory way, but in her own natural rhythms rolling effortlessly from interior monologue to behaviors and, even through the brain fog, astute and funny observations about how MS might be affecting her.
I found myself making comparisons between she and I as most people with MS will do with a comrade's personal story. But I latched onto the differences, specifically location and her work and volunteer situations more than anything. Cape Cod is a character unto itself, and Yvonne lovingly describes her childhood there so that I could see the tide pools and feel the salt spray on my face. There is a love for home in the story that can only come from someone who has happily remained living near her birthplace.
Through the facets of her spiritual, social, and professional life, DeSousa crafts an engaging account of an ordinary daily life and how it is disrupted by chronic illness. She shows us the building blocks of her character and her gentle rebellions. I get the impression she's going to be okay. There's a kind of balance between the party girl, the spiritual woman, and the big-hearted giver that makes her the kind of person we'd all like to have as a special friend.
I highly recommend this memoir. It's a light, entertaining must-read for anyone who's been diagnosed with MS--and anyone who has a loved one with MS.
There have been many books written by this 'nurse expert in MS' or that doctor specialist of MS and neurology. These 'experts' wowed you with all the letters after their names but made absolutely no sense to people reading their works who actually had the incurable, chronic diseases their books were about.
They were not and are not the experts! We the people, who actually have the illnesses are the experts! The 'so called experts' should be LISTENING to the real experts to learn first hand what these diseases really mean to those of us who have them.
Thank you, Yvonne for a humorous, knowledgable, easy to understand, and well written account of your first year with MS, you are a TRUE MS EXPERT!
This book is on top list of my favorites in 2016!
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This book was filled with humour as Yvonne dealt with her diagnosis and all the craziness of unpredictable MS symptoms, medical expenses, staying in the workforce, and all the rest of life.
I chuckled throughout the story and laughed out loud more times than I can count. She overanalyzes everything but manages to keep a positive outlook on life as it is now and what it will look like in the future.
As a fellow MSer I could relate to all the 'madness' in her life. Even the symptoms or situations I haven't experienced were easy to identify with by the way she presented them in the story.
This was a great and very positive read. Will be recommending to everyone I know.