Life on Cripple Creek: Essays on Living with Multiple Sclerosis
By: Dean C. Kramer (author)Paperback
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How would you pick out a pair of shoes when aesthetics can no longer be the driving force behind your decision, yet you aren't ready to dress like your elderly neighbour? What would you do if, after boarding your scooter in the morning and making your way to the raspberry patch behind your house, you stumbled upon a hornet's nest? Discover what it's like to live with Multiple Sclerosis, to laugh at MS, to come to terms with a disease that demands so much of your life. Most of the books and other informative material currently available on MS miss the emotional mark. People in the MS community are yearning for material that speaks to them, that tells them the truth about things, and that offers them the opportunity to alternately feel sadness and laugh out loud. MS is their reality and, often, they aren't given the proper tools to befriend it. Accompany Dean through her failures and victories. Experience life through her eyes. Many books convey the struggles of living with a life-changing disability. But Life on Cripple Creek goes further to show that with inner strength and a sense of humour the intrinsic land mines one encounters with this disease need not be devastating.
With beauty and joy, laughter and tears Dean brings us Life on Cripple Creek.
Dean Kramer writes a monthly column for MSWorld, Inc. called Life on Cripple Creek, and has been widely published as an essayist. She has received journalistic recognition for her sensitive essays on the plight of Haitian farm workers in Pennsylvania, has written lyrics for an Off-Broadway musical on the life of Will Rogers, written articles about the training of dogs who assist the disabled, and has written for both commercial and documentary film. Her work on the documentary film "Me" earned her a Golden Eagle award from the American Cine Society. Life on Cripple Creek is her first collection of essays.
Summer; The Stress Paradox; The Pitfalls of Good Health or, Now That You're in Remission, Dear, Please Mow the Lawn; Never Forget to Remember; Push Comes to Shove;First Interlude: Contemplation; Who Do I think I Am?; Out of My Mind; Chicken Little and The Terminator; Who's the Dummy?; The DreamerFall; Everyday Heroes; The Jacket; The Turkey; After the Fall;Second Interlude: Motion; She Flies Through the Air; Into the Closet; If the Shoe Fits; Cleanliness is Next to Impossible; You Wear What You Eat; Winter; Demolition Shopping; Making a List and Checking It Twice; On Turning Fifty; Observations on Dating; Third Interlude: Community; Turn About; Doctor, Doctor; The Uncertainty Principle; The Coach's Nose; Walk This Way; Spring; Shifting Gears on Shifting Sands; Acme Bowling Balls; The Abyss; The Red Pony.
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