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This novel begins with a citation that prepares the reader for a journey into uncharted territory. With a diagnosis of MS hastily and coldly delivered by telephone, the Lambert family departs on a chaotic ride through shock, anger, fear, and confusion. The author, a single mother who has lived with MS since 1992 and developed the Personal Power workshop in Montreal, convincingly depicts the tremendous impact of such a diagnosis on the patient and family. Familiar themes emerge-withdrawal of the spouse into work, family secrets kept from young children in an effort to protect them, resurfacing of past hurts under the strain of chronic illness. The teenage daughter, by default, attempts to maintain the family while her parents struggle to adjust to their new reality. Although her strength as she proactively seeks out information on MS seems a bit overblown, professionals will recognize the adolescent's desperate need to understand as well as the burden often insidiously accumulated by children. While following the story of this family's journey towards acceptance and a new sense of control, through relapses and inevitable crises, the reader is educated about the unpredictable course of MS. The danger arising from failure to communicate about emotional and spiritual issues is graphically portrayed.
About the Reviewer:
Bio: Cheryl Johnston M.S.W., R.S.W, has spent 15 years as a Medical Social Worker in hospitals in Calgary.
She devoted 16 years parenting her 2 daughters and community volunteering, before returning to the field of social work.
For the past 4 years, she has engaged in the provision of
social work services to MS outpatients, their partners and children, while working
with the interdisciplinary MS Rehabilitation Team allied with the MS Clinic in