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Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis


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Foreword by Dawn Langdon, UK MS Trust, 1. ""Hollar"" If You Need Me; 2. The Knock at the Door; 3. Music and Mirrors; 4. Unanswered Questions; 5. It's In the House; 6. The Family Mask; 7.Feeling the Edges; 8. Don't Just Stand There; 9. Taking the Middle Fork; 10. Drifting and Dragging in a Mental Wheelchair; 11.Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are; 12.In the Game; 13. A Team Effort; 14. Gathering New Pieces; In Summation; Resources

About the Author

Jeffrey N. Gingold is the internationally acclaimed author of the Award-winning book, ""Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis"" [Demos Medical Publishing, 2006]. Jeffrey is an outspoken, volunteer advocate regarding MS and cognitive disability. He has been a guest on The Montel Williams Show, NPR [Milwaukee], numerous webcasts and national Talk Radio shows. His efforts on behalf of the National MS Society Wisconsin Chapter have helped to secure funding for an MS early diagnosis program for indigent women in Wisconsin, as well as an income tax check-off for voluntary giving to fund MS programs and services. He was the recipient of the NMSS Wisconsin Chapter, 2003 Outstanding Volunteer and 2006 Innovative Volunteer Awards. Jeffrey is a published freelance writer and has authored numerous articles for U.S and international publications. He enjoys ice speedskating and especially spending family time with his wife [Terri], two adorable daughters [Lauren and Meredith] and one cat named Mickey - named after the baseball player, not the mouse.


"This book (the first edition was published in 2006) details the cognitive challenges he faced-losing his train of thought while making a statement in court, getting lost a few blocks from home, forgetting whether he had dropped his daughters off at school, and not really recognizing his wife sitting next to him on their sofa-and the way he coped with them, from practical aides to courage, humor, and persistence in finding a neurologist who took his smallest mental lapses seriously. Gingold often speaks to groups afflicted with MS and their families and health-care providers, and this is another powerful testimony that interested readers will appreciate. Recommended."-Library Journal "Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis is a scholarly and powerful read that presents the very face of the disease, how it can be fought, and ultimately finding something of a cure."-Midwest book Review "As recently as the 1980's, people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis were assured that their thinking skills would be spared when looking at the range of symptoms possible. It was not true then or now. Cognitive issues are bad players because, although they can significantly affect the lives of those who have them and their families, they are largely invisible to most. Jeffrey acknowledged his struggles and then moved forward by looking for solutions for himself and then by sharing them with others. We can all learn from his journey."- Patricia Kennedy RN, CNP, MSCN Nurse Educator, Can Do Multiple Sclerosis and author of the forthcoming Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Guide to Lifestyle Empowerment" "Jeffrey Gingold, in this the second edition of his book, has not only provided an intimate look into the personal experiences with which he has had to contend with his MS, he has created a work which is informative, highly personal, incredibly supportive and realistic in its advice. It is a truly outstanding work that I can recommend without reservation to those both with MS as well as anyone who wants to know more about this aspect of MS."- Patricia A. Farrell, PhD, author of It's Not All in Your Head and How to Be Your Own Therapist "In his latest and most moving book, Jeff Gingold takes us on a journey into the "hidden" precincts of multiple sclerosis - cognitive changes. Not only people with MS, but those with any connection to MS, personal or professional, should read this book."-Nicholas G. LaRocca, PhD, Vice President of Health Care Delivery and Policy Research, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, author of Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Cognitive Challenges "Multiple sclerosis can be a scary, lonely disease. Jeffrey Gingold has given us some weapons to fight where we can. He also demonstrates the wisdom to accept situations that are not what we had envisioned for ourselves, while showing that a "new" reality doesn't mean defeat. Buy this book. You will be stronger for reading it."-Julie Stachowiak, PhD, guide to Multiple Sclerosis, author of The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto and The Diabetes Manifesto

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