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Multiple Sclerosis,an Enigma

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The true story of a middle-aged woman being unexpectedly diagnosed with a young person's disease: multiple sclerosis. The journey to diagnosis and the reality of the treatment brought a premature end to her career as a public school teacher. Life in "the sandwich generation" of adults caring for both their elder parents and their children, while balancing full time employm ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 11th 2011 by Createspace.com
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Dana
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In "MS: An Enigma," author Terry Palardy takes a reader along with her through the process of her MS diagnosis. This book, however, is not just for MS patients and their families, and it’s not just a list of medical tests. Readers will relate to many of the author’s experiences: childhood memories, combining work days with family and illness responsibilities, and caring for aging parents. Terry’s writing style is easy to follow, and the book is well-edited. I read the ebook edition, and was happ ...more
Terry
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was an amazing book...

At this moment, I'm sitting here stunned.
Stunned because I've finally received answers I've needed for the longest time.
Stunned because I've connected to another soul with many of the strange, uncommon symptoms I've experienced, some since childhood.
Stunned because
I no longer feel alone with the monster known as MS...

This lady's story could be mine, or one of many others. She has successfully put into words, the things we wish we could say about the struggles
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Philip Nork
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma by Terry Crawford Palardy and am sitting at my desk in a fog. This heart-felt memoir of a person diagnosed with MS and her battle to live a “normal” life has me re-thinking my own life.

The courage displayed, along with the confusion as to why, was portrayed brilliantly. As I read it, I felt like I was sitting with the author at a table or on a front porch, sharing a beverage, as she told me her story.

There were times I laughed and cried while in th
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Merita King
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a clear account of the author's own experiences. Terry takes us through each step of her journey in a detailed and straightforward way, without the 'pity me' overtones that such books so often contain. During the course of reading this book I felt that I really came to know Terry in quite a personal way, and that I like her for her strength and no nonsense attitude to her experience. She describes in plain detail each step on her journey through diagnosis and treatment and you canno ...more
Carol
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has MS
Recommended to Carol by: Ms Palardy's review
Read your book and I have so many mixed emotions at the moment. Tears came to my eyes more than once. Terry you are such a courageous woman. All the trials and tribulations that were endured by both you and your husband are unbelievable. You stayed true to yourself throughout and never ever gave up. Never once did you forget about your students and the obligation you had to them as their teacher.This is excellent account of how MS can control one's life if you let it but once you begin to unders ...more
Shane Cormier
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I entered this contest for my aunt. It took her a while to read it because of her condition but she finally emailed me to tell me what she thought. She wanted me to thank the author for allowing me to win this and that although she is in really bad shape, she said it gives her hope. I believe that she is going to be trying some of the steps that Terry took and will run some by her doctor as well. And she said she is going to start a journal to occupy her mind. Tv is getting old she said. All tho ...more
Carmen Ambrosio
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bookended by the challenging generational demands of growing children and seriously ill elderly parents, dedicated educator Terry Crawford Palardy put everyone else's needs before her own for years--even as she experienced perplexing neurological symptoms.

Fluid dialogue and vivid descriptions reveal the author's protracted, diagnostic odyssey. Readers share alongside Terry the physical and emotional toll of getting to and through physician consultations, diagnostic procedures, tests, and treatme
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Susanna Mahoney
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story is a honest look inside the world of a multiple sclerosis patient and woman trying to adjust to the MonSter.It is a good beginner's guide about plotting through the world of auto immune diseases. She is honest and refreshing sharing her thoughts with the readers and tells the pros and cons of this vague disease. She has a strong support system and knows how to advocate to the physicians for the treatment all ill individuals deserved. I like the upbeat positive attitude she is developi ...more
Terry Palardy
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-own-books
I wrote this book as a discovery draft, finding a focus gradually as I added chapter to chapter. I would describe it as part biography, part family/relationships, and part medical narrative. It evolved on a writers' shared workshop site known as FanStory.com, where writers post their work and are critiqued by other writers, who in turn read and review each other.

This is my story, a story of a middle aged school teacher / wife / mother/ daughter / sister ... all roles involving caring and a fair
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Florence Osmund
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Terry Palardy has written a heartfelt, honest account of her struggles with MS, giving readers insight into the frustration of having a disease without a cure. She articulately conveys the physical changes she endured as the disease progressed, as well as the emotional toll it took on herself and loved ones. This is an insightful read for anyone facing MS or similar debilitating disease, as well as those close to someone in that position.
Lorna Collins
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is much more than a narrative of the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis. Terry has the courage to reveal her deepest emotions, doubts, grief, frustrations, and challenges. I personally related to her (and her husband's) experience with ailing and dying parents and all the difficult choices they presented. As a reader, I walked through her early years with her as she was raised in a large and loving family. But the real heroes of the book are husband, Rick, and the author her ...more
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