Book Review: MS Madness by Yvonne deSousa

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Title: MS Madness
Author: Yvonne deSousa
Published: February 10th 2014
Publisher: Sweet Dreams Publishing
Genre: Non-Fiction
Length: 240 pages

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb (via Goodreads):

Yvonne deSousa’s diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis came with an insightful declaration from a new doctor (“MS sucks”) and a brother’s helpful advice (“You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now”). What followed was a year of MS-adventures: “accidentally” kicking an officious male doctor in the crotch, becoming an undercover agent to pay for medication made from Chinese hamster ovary cells, discovering the amazing effects of legal speed, and battling her arch-nemesis, the dreaded food group: vegetables. Throughout her MS journey, Yvonne learned how to use humor to find acceptance in her diagnosis, and how to smile in the face of a debilitating chronic illness. MS Madness will make you laugh while learning the real story of what MS, a disease that affects 400,000 Americans daily, can do to a perfectly normal person. Life with multiple sclerosis can be daunting, but Yvonne shares her giggles at the bizarre world she has unwittingly entered and the new perspectives it has given her on life. MS Madness makes us realize that with a sense of humor, we can survive anything.

My Thoughts

A frank and honest story of how life can be turned upside down by a diagnosis. Yvonne tells her story of struggling and acceptance throughout her battle with MS.

I found this to be an eye-opening read as I knew very little about the disease itself – and most of the symptoms, it turns out. Yvonne’s frank comments on how it made her feel, how it affected her working life, and even how it made people react around her when they found out her issues was hard to read at times. It’s one of those books that makes you stop and think about the way you treat other people in your day to day life.

Even though she struggles, Yvonne tells her life through a series of little anecdotes that show the highs and lows of her new life with her disease.

A good book for people willing to learn about other people’s issues.

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About the Author

Yvonne deSousa has worked as a street sweeper, a shell seller, a babysitter, a candy peddler, and a guest house manager, all before the age of sixteen. Later on she worked as a waitress, sales clerk, library assistant, victim’s advocate, and at the front desk of a doctor’s
office.
Two years before Yvonne’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a relative volunteered her to write an article for a local newspaper. Little did she know it was the beginning of a writing career. When MS threatened to turn her into a lunatic, she started writing more frequently and quickly discovered that writing about the insanity that is MS was helping to keep her sane.
Her work has appeared on CapeWomenOnline.com, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith and Something On Our Minds, Volumes 1 and 2. Yvonne also writes a weekly blog on www.yvonnedesousa.com the website that uses a giggle stick to beat up on MS. Since finishing MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis, she has started presenting programs designed to help others use humor to help cope with
chronic illness.
Yvonne enjoys writing, laughing, and resting. She lives by her personal mottos, “how you deal affects how you feel” and “my MS is not your MS and your MS is weird!”

Find out more about Yvonne at the following links: Website | Twitter

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