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Clint Pearson and Ursula Pearson

Fighting Fatigue in Multiple SclerosisBook Details:
ISBN: 1608300129 / 978-1608300129
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay (April 16, 2009)
Price: $15.00
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Review by Susan Zurndorfer:
In Falling, Clint Pearson, along with his wife, Ursula, gives an exciting and inspirational account of his passion for mountain climbing and his career in medicine while living a life with multiple sclerosis.

Mr. Pearson was diagnosed with MS while still in high school when he was just starting his life. He was an active, outdoors type who loved a touch of danger and excitement. However, in Falling, MS is only a small part of his story. In spite of the disease, his life is a constant adventure and one he writes about in an engaging and compelling style. The reader feels the danger when he is in the mountains and feels his compassion when he is dealing with his patients. They also feel the affects of the MS but rally for him as he goes on with his life.

What adds to Falling is that Mr. Pearson and his wife wrote this book together and share with the reader their individual thoughts and accounts of their life and how Mr. Pearson’s disability affected them. They share with us how they met, their courtship, their marriage and the birth of their twins. Unfortunately, Mr. Pearson’s MS did progress despite several medications and he did go from using a cane to a walker and eventually to a scooter. Theirs is a story of love and commitment to one another and to managing their lives in spite of obstacles out of their control.

Falling is well written and keeps the reader interested in what happens next. This book would appeal to anyone whether they have had experience with a chronic disease or not. It is a wonderful story of life, love and hope.

About the Author:
At 18 years of age, Clint Pearson was a rock climber and local track star, and despite his long hair and carefree dress, he was maniacally driven. Even after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), he continued to climb mountains and take risks, unmindful of the dangers. He shunned commitment and saw women as trophies, that is, until he met Ursula. A South African of East Indian descent, Ursula had grown up under the shroud of apartheid and had nurtured a healthy supply of caution in the process. At first she sought to maintain her distance from the brash and disheveled American, but after Clint and Ursula found themselves in a car, at night, inside a redwood forest, nuptials were soon to follow. Their differences were extreme but so too were their feelings for each other, and as Clint plodded through medical school, becoming emotionally entangled in the poignant dramas of his patients, the marriage remained strong. Then during residency training, financial pressures intensified, leisure time vanished, and Clint's MS progressed despite several medicines. On one occasion, MS medication even precipitated a high fever, and Clint's body had to be packed in ice. The marriage ultimately survived both Clint's declining health and his residency, but the MS continued to progress, making Clint's mountain-climbing ambitions increasingly unrealistic. Yet he remained an adventurer, a climber at heart.

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