Measure of Time: My Life with MS
2000, 43 pages
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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
For it is
life of life.
brief course lie all
realities and verities of existence,
splendour of action,
yesterday is but a dream
tomorrow is only a vision.
every yesterday a dream of happiness,
tomorrow a vision of hope.
therefore, to this day.
This booklet is a welcome addition to professional, patient
and family libraries.
Lauren has lived
with multiple sclerosis since she was 16 years old. She was diagnosed eleven
years later having gone to University and lived in Israel for four years. She had
come home to Cape Town to complete a postgraduate course
in history and within a a
few months was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She worked at the University of Cape Town in the Centre for Russian Studies
and when that Centre closed she
worked at the Disability Unit until she had to stop working.
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
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