In the Blink of an Eye: My Life with RSDS

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Tate Publishing, Aug 3, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 60 pages
In the Blink of an Eye, Mary Jane Gonzales went from being functional to homebound, independent to dependent. The scariest part was neither she nor the doctors knew why. Join Mary Jane as she recounts the sequence of injuries, the bizarre symptoms, the physical and emotional pain that took over her life, and the eventual diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS). Discover how Mary Jane coped with the sudden changes in her life and how her friends and family stepped in to help her. 'Who better to write about RSDS than one who has lived through it for twenty-five years, enduring all that encompasses that world, yet never losing the joy of living, loving, and giving. I have been blessed to be a witness to her story of perseverance in pain, patience with provider care, and her glue of laughter and faith that helps her keep it together when it is all coming apart.' Shirley Bryson, former property manager for Manufactured Housing Communities and long-time friend "

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Reviewed by Robert Rose for Readers Favorite
RSDS is a horrible affliction. The brain refuses to turn off the pain that can inhabit any part of or almost all of the body. Mary Jane Gonzales' brief
book "In the Blink of an Eye: My Life with RSDS" does an excellent job of explaining just how devastating it can get. She begins by telling the various physical events that were the causes of the chain reaction that too quickly led to greater and greater disability. Many did not believe her symptoms or how severe they were and, therefore, disappeared from her life. Though, other loved ones, as well as some church people, accommodated to her worsening condition.
While enduring great pain and limited ability, she did find that if she kept busy with crafts, such as card making and scrapbooking, it served to be physically and mentally therapeutic.
One of my daughters has RSDS, as well as Fibromyalgia and Ogilvie’s Syndrome, and has experienced much of the same things Mary has and, for them, a belief in a loving God is one thing sure to help.
Mary’s book will help the patient, and those who love her or him, to cope with the continuing grief as they lose more and more of their original life. "In the Blink of an Eye" offers inspiration, hope and encouragement to RSDS victims and their families.

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The Changes in Me
Suddenly Homebound
Extreme Frailty
Helpful Tips
Limitations and Therapy
Making Peace
Family Toll
Dependency and Care
Stories of Grace
The Purpose of This Book

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