Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis

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Demos Medical Publishing, Jun 17, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 1276 pages
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When attorney Jeffrey N. Gingold misplaced his wife on the living room couch and lost awareness of his children, little did he know that he was experiencing a hidden symptom of multiple sclerosis: cognitive difficulties. How do you handle getting lost, while driving just blocks from your home? Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis is a courageous and compelling personal account of one man's anguishing struggle with this aspect of the disease. It is written for the silent majority of MS patients who are privately dealing with MS cognitive symptoms and potential disabilities.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society estimates that over 400,000 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and there are millions more worldwide. Conservatively speaking, half of them will encounter varying degrees of cognitive difficulties. Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis brings this hidden disability into the open. It is an essential resource that will educate individuals coping with multiple sclerosis, and inform their families, caregivers, doctors and therapists.

This new edition has been revised with on-point cognitive strategies and updated MS resources. The book includes a new foreword written by Dr. Dawn Langdon of the UK MS Trust and four completely new chapters that follow Jeffrey's journey since 2006. He openly explores some MS physical symptoms, which may accompany the thinking impediments that strike at his cognitive awareness and functions. Jeffrey carves a path of finding physical and cognitive wellness, as well as weighing the need to accept beneficial MS medical therapies. Not only did he become more active in the movement to cure MS, the progression of his MS led to a more controversial MS treatment, in effort to make his disease manageable. Jeffrey also shares the benefits of introducing a Ďsafety personÓ into a life with MS and the strength gained from helping others, even while they may be assisting you.

Whether or not a person is dealing with the cognitive issues associated with multiple sclerosis this book deserves to be on the bookshelf of every individual who is dealing with multiple sclerosis.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Hollar if You Need Me
1
Chapter 2 The Knock at the Door
13
Chapter 3 Music and Mirrors
27
Chapter 4 Unanswered Questions
41
Chapter 5 Its in the House
51
Chapter 6 The Family Mask
67
Chapter 7 Feeling the Edges
85
Chapter 8 Dont Just Stand There
97
Chapter 10 Drifting and Dragging in a Mental Wheelchair
129
Chapter 11 Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are
143
Chapter 12 In the Game
153
Chapter 13 A Team Effort
165
Chapter 14 Gathering New Pieces
181
In Summation
195
Resources
201
Index
205

Chapter 9 Taking the Middle Fork
117

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