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I Have MS. What’s Your Super Power? This is a book by a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis, Lisa A. McCombs. It is her personal story, written to help fellow sufferers and their families. It explains how the disease once caused those whose immune systems come under its attack to be locked in asylums, and that it is still not recognised as widely as it should be. She goes on to describe current treatments, their usefulness and side effects, and her own way of tackling living with Multiple Sclerosis. “Suicide is not an option.”
Lisa A. McCombs has written a book that is informative, encouraging and, incredibly, carries the reader to the end on a wave of humour. “My neighbor had MS. He died last week”. This is: "I Have MS. What’s Your Super Power?" MS is the invader and the author is the Super Hero. She describes the symptoms and their tragic effects on quality of life and relationships in detail. Initial diagnosis brought fear. Where many crumble, given the appalling prognosis, Ms McCombs fought to control the disease, to keep her six-month-old son, and to return to teaching, and she is still fighting. Her weapon of choice is common sense, aided by online research into all her medication, the alternatives, and ways to keep her mobility. She has included numerous useful reference sources, and the results of a survey she conducted on Facebook. The survey reveals both the diversity of the ways sufferers are afflicted, and how many of their problems are shared.
It is a brave book by a very determined lady. It offers a great deal of practical advice to those attacked by the incurable disease, and should be mandatory reading for all who are in close contact with them. It is a book suitable to use in schools, and should be stocked by libraries worldwide. Awareness of Multiple Sclerosis is a must if funds needed to investigate this “invisible” disease properly are ever to be made available.