This is an important book for people with MS AND for people with other diseases that impact cognitive functioning, as well as for their family members...moreThis is an important book for people with MS AND for people with other diseases that impact cognitive functioning, as well as for their family members. I recieved this book after signing up for it as a librarything early reader. I was interested in it because I have Lyme disease, which is similar to MS in many ways (though not as persistent if treated early and thoroughly). The reason the book didn't get more than three stars is the poor organization. At times Gingold writes well and at other times he doesn't. Writing a book with impaired cognitive functioning is a huge challenge, so the flaws in the book aren't surprising but it does affect the pleasure of reading it.
It is primarily a memoir with tips at the end of chapters. It covers from his first symptoms, through diagnosis, additional problems, facing the need to change one's life permanently, the challenges of treatments, enlisting the help of others, and continuing to make the most of life with a disabling disease. This thoroughness will no doubt be helpful to those who are just starting to deal with a life-altering disease, whether MS or another. It provides a broad perspective of how one's life changes. At times, I had to get past the fact that Gingold has a very Type A, overachiever personality in order to understand his reasons for doing things (or not doing things). So this book will be especially helpful for people who have difficulty admitting they have any limitations because Gingold was one of those people.(less)