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The LIFE Program for MS: Lifestyle, Independence, Fitness and Energy
Susan J. Epstein, MS, MEd

The Life Program for MSBook Details:
Format: Paperback, 2009, 176 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-19-538382-9
Price: $17.95/$14.95
Promo Code: 27943
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Where to buy: www.oup.com/us

Review by Cathy Chester:
The unique approach used in The LIFE Program for MS is for newly diagnosed patients as well as MS veterans. This easy-to-understand book deals with the unique and troubling limitations imposed by this unpredictable disease. Ms Epstein provides a unique approach to living with MS through diet, exercise and tips for daily living.

If I had to choose one word that adequately describes the focus of this book, it would be WELLNESS. The program targets the limitations caused by MS – namely, fatigue, weakness and depression, which forces patients to face a more sedentary lifestyle. This, in turn, may cause weight gain and poor exercise habits. The LIFE program offers ways to incorporate new behaviors into daily routines, enabling a healthier lifestyle in both mind and body. This, in turn, may reduce the risk of secondary illnesses such as cancer, stroke and heart disease. Useful tips on managing weight, healthy eating, and conserving mental and physical fatigue are offered throughout the book.

Ms. Epstein’s athletic background and work in the Jacobs Neurological Institute in Buffalo, New York helps her recognize not only the importance of healthy daily living, but the importance of a support system of coaches. Family and friends may be key factors in motivating and reinforcing healthy habits. Ms. Epstein finds equal importance in making readers aware of the unpredictable nature of MS and how that may affect behavioral outcomes, whether it is self-awareness, family, vocation or environment.

About the Reviewer:
Cathy Chester grew up in New Jersey and graduated cum laude from Boston College with a BA in English and a minor in business. She worked in publishing for McGraw-Hill Book Company in New York City as an Editor/Copywriter. Ms. Chester was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1987 and began working closer to home in New Jersey as a paralegal until the birth of her son in 1992. Since then she has volunteered for various MS organizations, written articles about living with MS, was featured in Steve Abdubato’s cable television program about living with a chronic illness, and currently works for The International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses in Hackensack, NJ. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.

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