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Book Review: Multiple Sclerosis - A Self-Care Guide to Wellness
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Multiple Sclerosis: A Self-Care Guide to Wellness
Edited by Nancy Holland, EdD, RN, MSCN and June Halper MSCN, ANP, FAAN

Book Details:
Published: June 2005
ISBN: 1-932603-07-7
Format: Softcover
Pages: 288
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Regular Price: $19.95
Web Discount Price: $16.96

Press Release:
Education about multiple sclerosis has traditionally been medically oriented and related to disease and dysfunction. In contrast, this brand-new second edition of the Guide continues to focus on staying well in the presence of MS, a disease that – while incurable – can be managed. The book covers a broad spectrum of topics related to MS and its effects, focusing especially on the needs of those who have been living with the disease for some time. Practical tips on self-care are designed to promote maximum independence, well-being, and productivity. The theme of the book – wellness – can be described by the acronym: Weighing options; Eating well; Living to your fullest; Learning new skills; Needing others; Evaluating situations realistically; Surviving stress; and Staying responsible.

Contributors to the book are professionals who have a specialty or a special interest in MS. Their suggestions, advice, and strategies come from years of experience in the field. It is their hope that readers will come away with fresh ideas on how to cope with the ever-changing challenges of MS.

An Overview of Multiple Sclerosis: Joseph B. Guarnaccia and John Booss. Managing the Disease Process and Its Symptoms. The Promise of Research: Patricia O'Looney; Disease Management: June Halper; Fatigue: June Halper; Pain Management: Mary Ann Picone; Maintaining Joint Flexibility and Mobility: June Halper and Nancy J. Holland; Bladder and Bowel Management: Nancy J. Holland and Margie O'Leary; Skin Care: Linda Guiod; Addressing Cognitive Problems: Nicholas G. LaRocca; Adjusting to Sexual Changes: Frederick W. Foley; What Are Complementary and Alternative Treatments?: Patricia Kennedy and Nancy J. Holland. Health, Lifestyle, and Emotional Issues. General Health Issues: June Halper; Exercise Options and Wellness Programs; Brian Hutchinson and Richard W. Hicks; Cardiopulmonary Issues: Linda Lehman and June Halper; The Role of Nutrition in Multiple Sclerosis: Susan Goodman; Coping and Stress Management: Nicholas G. LaRocca. In the Community. Work, Family, and Community Participation: Nancy Law and Beverly Noyes; Driving and Other Transportation Issues: Frances Tromp van Holst and Theresa Valois; Fitness and Recreation: James Rimmer. Life Planning. Accessible and Safe Home Design: Thomas D. Davies and Carol Lopez; Managing Financial Resources: Thomas Stripling and Dorothy E. Northrop; Health Insurance Options: Dorothy E. Northrop; Community Living Options: Debra Frankel; Obtaining Personal Assistance: Debra Frankel and Pamela F. Cavallo. Appendices. Resources: Deborah Hertz, MPH and Dorothy E. Northrop; Glossary: Rosalind C. Kalb

About the Editors:

Nancy Holland is vice president of the Professional Resource Center and Clinical Programs Department at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and a doctorate in higher and adult education. Dr. Holland is author/editor of more than 60 MS-related articles, books and chapters including Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Patients and Their Families , Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, and Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Organization of MS Nurses (IOMSN).

June Halper is a certified adult nurse practitioner who has specialized in multiple sclerosis since 1978. She is the executive director of the Gimbel Multiple Sclerosis Center, past president and now executive director of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the founding director of the International Organization of MS Nurses (IOMSN), and a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. Her numerous publications include Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis, Advanced Concepts in Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis, and Nursing Practices in Multiple Sclerosis: A Core Curriculum.

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