“Why Read This Book?”
There are many books about multiple sclerosis. If you want or need to read something about this neurological disorder, I’m going to explain why Managing MS: Straight Talk From a 31-Year Survivor is THE book you should read.
I will give you my pitch that my book is unique because of its presentation, content, creditability and tone:
• MS is complicated to understand. I make it easy to understand using a “what to know—what to do” format for a wide array of subjects like symptoms, treatments, interpersonal relationships…
• It’s short, inspiring, and interesting. People who have read it so far are amazed at what they learned in the short span of only several hours it takes it read. Wonderful reviews have been received from a wide range of readers.
• People are afraid of MS. Even the sound of “multiple sclerosis” is chilling. A main objective when I wrote the book was to help reduce the fear of living with MS, no matter if you have it or not. I felt it crucial to use a tone, words and expressions that would enable the reader to feel comfortable. I clear up misconceptions about this disorder.
• Managing MS is accurate. Information and resources contained within have been endorsed by a variety of health care professionals, including one of the best neurologists (MS Specialist) in Phoenix, AZ.
• I am a peer. I lived the major part of my adult life with MS and survived it. This book is not a story about me, although I do share personal experiences to explain things. It is a guidebook incorporating my experiences with thousands of people I interacted with over 25 years. I have been and continue to be a volunteer, educator, counselor, and researcher in the MS community.
• It’s affordable/ available in all formats. Even if you pick up a few tips, it’s worth it.
• There is information that is useful to those living with other chronic diseases, such as how to handle fatigue, doctors, or interpersonal relationships.
I invite you to visit my website www.DebbieMS.com that gives much information about me, my credentials and Managing MS: Straight Talk From a 31-Year Survivor. It also includes self-help videos, weekly articles I write, other activities I engage in to help persons dealing with MS, and an email address where questions can be submitted to me. Here are some quick links within my site:
• A profile The National Multiple Sclerosis Society posted on their website this summer. http://nationalmssociety.org/online-community/personal-stories/debbie-petrina/index.aspx
• A book trailer I recently created myself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X0YErTxXbM&feature=youtu.be
• Orange Awareness Campaign for MS I created and launched (this is fun!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtMjKXP4dQU&feature=plcp
• A “Meet-the-Author” video at the bottom of the Home page on my website that discusses many aspects of MS, not just the book. Great for “newbies.” www.DebbieMS.com
I want to emphasize that this book is about managing MS. There are many things a MSer can do to manage and control (yes, control!) both the symptoms and the course of their disease, both with and without medications. But this all takes knowledge, support, work, dedication and discipline. There is no magic pill or injection that will manage, fix or control MS. Not yet.
So if you are looking for a book about multiple sclerosis that is an autobiography, full of specific medical terminology, or containing the latest breakthrough drug or study, this is not that type of book.
Author/MS Counselor/Living with MS