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|A Measure of Time: My Life with MS|
Measure of Time: My Life with MS
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In this 43 page booklet Lauren Singer has shared her experience with MS, over the past 20 years. She communicates well and honestly about these experiences. She shares with the reader, the initial awareness of something going wrong with her body, the probable cause of MS, the different types of MS, finding a diagnosis, symptoms, searching for information, coming to terms, fatigue and frustration,memory difficulties, studies and employment, monitoring oneself, rehabilitation, owning a service dog and a personal philosophy.
Ms. Singer shares her thoughts well about both the upside and the downside of living with MS. On the back cover of the booklet she quotes from a Sanskrit Proverb that penetrates her thoughts at this time.
This booklet is a welcome addition to professional, patient and family libraries.
Lauren wrote the book "A Measure of Time: my life with MS" which was published by the University of Cape Town Disability Unit in 2000. Lauren felt that there was not a simple introduction to multiple sclerosis that could be read and appreciated by people with multiple sclerosis and people dealing with multiple sclerosis, be they family members, friends or students. People seldom understand the nature of multiple sclerosis. In writing the book Lauren found great healing. She was able to work through the pain of having to stop work and of the progressive losses the illness brings. She has used the book as a launching pad for numerous public addresses.
Lauren lectures to first-year University of Cape Town Occupational therapy students and helped establish a course for first-year medical school students at the same University on multiple sclerosis and living with the illness. She has a Service dog by the name of Fred. She has written another book looking at disability and multiple sclerosis through the eyes of Fred. That book, "Fred at Your Service, Ma'am. Reminiscences of a Service dog" will be published next year in South Africa. Lauren has also read the book onto CD and it will be released in March 2003 at the same time as the book.