The Bottom Line
- Uses her own experience to illustrate concepts and statements incredibly accurately
- Contains a section on the impact of MS on psychological health and emotions of loved ones
- Responsibly mentions when medical attention, including prescription medication, is appropriate
- Occasionally assumes that readers have relapsing-remitting MS
- Organization of material may be slightly confusing in some parts
- A practical guide to recognizing, exploring and addressing emotions around MS
- A “guidebook” to the emotional aspects of many different facets of MS
- A realistic view of different coping styles in various situations
- A collection of exercises to help people work through emotional responses to difficult and unpredictable situations
Guide Review - Book Review: MS and Your Feelings
I was wrong. Really wrong.
Allison Shadday has the rare gift of becoming both a friend and a trusted counselor to her readers with each turn of the pages. It seems that she can anticipate virtually every “but…” or “what about…” that may arise from each observation or recommendation that she makes.
While reflecting on this book, I discovered that my emotions around my MS differed dramatically, depending on the severity of my physical symptoms and fatigue level, external stressors and cognitive frustrations that I was experiencing. I might feel guilty thinking about all of the people that are worse off than me, (feeling silly about the attention that I am giving to my painful injection site reactions), a little later, I can find myself crumbling into a heap of self-pity that I have to deal with MS at all, when so many others do not. While these are not particularly admirable or dignified pictures of oneself, Allison allows you to look at your whole self in a gentle, non-judgmental way, and figure out how to use your emotions productively.
There is something in this book for everyone. Whether you are trying to figure out how to deal with daily fatigue, are still in shock over a new MS diagnosis or worsening symptom, or feeling inadequate in your marriage because of sexual dysfunction symptoms, there are words in this book that are written just for you.
Thank you, Allison. Thank you.