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Fighting MS: Strength in Numbers
Erin Morrow Still and friends

Fighting MS Strength in NumbersBook Details:
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9781440192296
Format: Perfect Bound Softcover (B/W)
Pages: 340
Size: 5.5x8.5
Price: $23.95
Where to buy: IUniverse

Erin Morrow Still and her friends have written a wonderful book about living with – and fighting MS. From diagnosis to coping with the many symptoms of MS, Fighting MS is a book for anyone diagnosed with MS. Ms. Still and 14 of her friends who also live with multiple sclerosis help the reader understand MS and the impact it can have on daily life. The authors reveal their hopes as well as fears and each shares his or her unique perspective on MS, treatments, symptoms and how to cope with this unpredictable disease.

Clearly written, each chapter begins with a medical summary of the chapter topic. This is followed by individual perspectives on the subject and tips that have helped each individual cope. Each chapter closes with practical tips on MS management from a nursing perspective. Following the chapters on symptoms and their management are several chapters on wellness focused behaviors such as healthy eating – including many recipes, exercise and general fitness. Ms. Still is careful to frequently advise that individuals should speak with their physician about diet and exercise before undertaking a program on their own.

About the Reviewer:
Kathleen Costello MS, ANP-BC, MSCN
Nurse Practitioner and Research Associate
Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis Center Baltimore, MD

Kathleen Costello

Kathleen Costello is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Research Associate at The Johns Hopkins MS Center located in Baltimore, Maryland. She is also the Executive Director of Project Restore a project to help fund multiple sclerosis and transverse myelitis research initiatives. Ms. Costello is a past president of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) and is currently a member of the Research Committee. Ms. Costello is the program chair for the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) MS Specialist Certification Project and is a member of the CMSC Board of Governors. She is the co-chair of the NMSS Maryland Chapter Clinical Advisory Committee. Ms Costello has written and lectured extensively on MS and MS care. Ms. Costello is a graduate of the University of Maryland BSN and Nurse Practitioner programs.

About the Author:
Erin Morrow Still was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 during her first year of college. She has been successfully treating her MS with Betaseron since 2001 and carried the Olympic torch for the 2002 winter games. In 2003, Erin established her role as an MS patients’ advocate by founding—with the help of the MS Society—a young men’s and women’s group in middle Tennessee. In 2005, Erin was awarded the Betaseron Champion of Courage grant to write a guide to MS for newly diagnosed people. A graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS/BA in marketing, Erin currently works for The Geis Group as an Associate Director. Her travel schedule affords her the opportunity to talk about her book with local media outlets as well as to community groups of all sizes. Throughout her life and despite her MS, Erin has been very active physically and socially. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, David.

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