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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis by Ann Pietrangelo is her story of living with MS. It took three months to receive the diagnosis by email...that’s right, email. I cannot imagine a colder way to find out. She and Jim already expected the outcome of all the tests. For a few moments, she wondered if she just ignored and deleted the email if MS would just go away. Pietrangelo shares her story with candor and often humor. She was only 44 years old when MS changed her life. It meant leaving her full time job for a part time position at a local funeral home, where they were willing to be flexible. She was often too weak to go in to work, sometimes for a few days and sometimes for a few weeks. Jim is her strength and support, loving her enough to ask her to marry him despite the MS. Their relationship was one of lovers, ”husband and wife and at times, care giver and wife.”
Pietrangelo shares the highs and lows of living with MS. I would describe her as courageous, loving, and a fighter. Her personality shines through in this tale. She had me smiling at a very appropriate wedding presided over by a funeral director. Actually, it sounded like a lovely service befitting a loving couple. This book will offer hope, courage and insight to others living with Multiple Sclerosis, or who knows, someone with the disease. For Pietrangelo it was an inconvenience; she refused to let it destroy her. I do not mean to make light of the symptoms she has to live with; it is her attitude that makes it an inconvenience. Where others would allow MS to become the center of their life, she continues to live life to its fullest. Ann’s story is one of realism; MS is not the only battle she has faced. Yet, she ends her book with these words, “I am alive. Gloriously alive! I am functioning and loved … and yes, I still have many more stories to tell.”