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A Measure of Time: My Life with MS
  Lauren Singer
  2000, 43 pages
  To order: Email Lauren at renski@iafrica.com.  
  Price: Contact the author

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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.

Look to this day

Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendour of action,
The glory of power.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.

This booklet is a welcome addition to professional, patient and family libraries.

 

About the Author:
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 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.

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