Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis

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Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis


Jeffrey Gingold

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"When attorney Jeffrey N. Gingold misplaced his wife on the living room couch and lost awareness of his children, little did he know that he was experiencing a hidden symptom of multiple sclerosis: cognitive difficulties. How do you handle getting lost, while driving just blocks from your home? Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis is a courageous and compelling personal account of one man's anguishing struggle with this aspect of the disease. It is written for the silent majority of MS patients who are privately dealing with MS cognitive symptoms and potential disabilities.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society estimates that over 400,000 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and there are millions more worldwide. Conservatively speaking, half of them will encounter varying degrees of cognitive difficulties. Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis brings this hidden disability into the open. It is an essential resource that will educate individuals coping with multiple sclerosis, and inform their families, caregivers, doctors and therapists.

This new edition has been revised with on-point cognitive strategies and updated MS resources. The book includes a new foreword written by Dr. Dawn Langdon of the UK MS Trust and four completely new chapters that follow Jeffrey's journey since 2006. He openly explores some MS physical symptoms, which may accompany the thinking impediments that strike at his cognitive awareness and functions. Jeffrey carves a path of finding physical and cognitive wellness, as well as weighing the need to accept beneficial MS medical therapies. Not only did he become more active in the movement to cure MS, the progression of his MS led to a more controversial MS treatment, in effort to make his disease manageable. Jeffrey also shares the benefits of introducing a œsafety person” into a life with MS and the strength gained from helping others, even while they may be assisting you.

Whether or not a person is dealing with the cognitive issues associated with multiple sclerosis this book deserves to be on the bookshelf of every individual who is dealing with multiple sclerosis."

Product Details

  • Publication Date June 17, 2011
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303205

About The Author(s)

Jeffrey Gingold

Jeffrey N. Gingold is the internationally acclaimed author of the award-winning book Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis. 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's 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.

Table of Contents

"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