The “thinking” disability of multiple sclerosis affects many people with the disease, who do not realize this invisible symptom — which disconnects mental pathways in the brain — is the cause of their confusion. When Jeffrey Gingold “misplaced his wife on the living room couch” and became lost while driving just blocks from his home, little did he know it was an effect ofThe “thinking” disability of multiple sclerosis affects many people with the disease, who do not realize this invisible symptom — which disconnects mental pathways in the brain — is the cause of their confusion. When Jeffrey Gingold “misplaced his wife on the living room couch” and became lost while driving just blocks from his home, little did he know it was an effect of MS. Here, he documents his struggle, bringing a too-often hidden disability into the open. Written for the silent majority of MS patients who are privately dealing with the disease’s cognitive symptoms and potential disabilities, the book is also an essential resource for families and caregivers, as well as for physicians and other medical professionals who lack awareness of the issue. "Call-Outs" and "Perspectives" in each chapter help the reader recognize their own thinking difficulties, offering specific tools for coping and maintaining their vitality....
|Title||:||Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis|
|Number of Pages||:||160 Pages|
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Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis Reviews
Good book to read to understand the nonphysical symptoms of MS. Jeff shares his experiences of this disease's ability to impact one's mental and emotional functioning.
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. 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.
I'm so appreciative of Jeffrey Gingold. I'm a physician with MS and was diagnosed in 2007 .. His book was one of the first I picked up and reading it was a huge "A-HA" for me as I immediately recognized many of the cognitive challenges he described - things which I'd never learned about in medical school or subsequent training... unfortunately, these ultimately led to the end of my career in Medicine. But, knowing about them gave me the opportunity to UNDERSTAND and PROCESS and make needed ADAPTATIONS in my practice for two years before I was forced to quit. Beautifully written. Much under-recognized though -- I believe in large part due to his writing -- better recognized now - the cognitive issues of MS are a very real and important part of MS to be addressed by patient and physician.. and to be understood by their families. This is the 3rd of the three books that I keep extra copies of to loan out to friends and to newly-diagnosed acquaintances as "must-reads."...Thank you!
I tried several books about MS and its cognitive challenges, and this is by far the one I'd recommend. MS can be rife with invisible symptoms, some of them much more disabling than the obvious, physical ones. This is the only book so far that has given me a really clear picture of what that can be like. Mr. Gingold is a lawyer who resigned from the law and went on disability because of MS when he could still speed skate. But in court one day, he failed to recognize his client. That's an unusual ratio of cognitive to physical change, perhaps. But his unflinching descriptions of the changes to his memory, his thought processes, and his relationships make this a must-read for anyone struggling with similar MS-related change and for the people who love them.
An amazing book. The first chapter was surreal. As hard as it can be today trying to manuever a wheelchair, 30 years ago...makes me shudder! This book flows so well and it really helps you understand what someone with MS can go through in their daily lives.
Wasn't what I was expecting. It was more or less a biography. I was looking for a book that gave me clear, concise information on the the cognitive deficits of MS.
A book that I will need to re-read, just to pick up on methods managing day to day issues. It was reassuring to read that I am not alone with some of hte 'features' that I have been experiencing.
Excellent read. Good description of what it's like to experience MS especially cognitive difficulties.
A must-read for anyone with a friend or relative with MS.
This was a truly informative book.