As I’ve had the great fortune to meet a number of people living with MS all over the world and at different stages in their life with MS, there is one question that I might hear more than any other. No matter where I go, people ask about other available resources to help them live their lives with multiple sclerosis to the fullest.
To that end I often highlight other existing resources such as their local MS society and other patient advocacy organisations. I also refer them to blogs that I follow and to tell them to reach out to an MS centre in their region (if they have one). Another thing I like to do is ask them about their 'MS Library'.
Some people have one and don’t really consider it as such! Others keep a collection of MS-related books at the ready while some pick up the occasional MS bestseller. Nevertheless others have a small collection of general self-help books that they have found useful.
I’ve asked all of the MS & Me blog team to contribute to this week’s post on MS books and general well-being books. Several of the titles and authors overlap but I think you might find this list helpful.
MS Clinical Information:
A History of MS - Colin L. Talley
The First Year: Multiple Sclerosis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed - Margaret Blackstone and M.D. Saud A. Sadiq M.D.
Curing MS: How Science Is Solving Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis - Howard L. Weiner, MD
Multiple Sclerosis for Dummies - Rosalind Kalb, Barbara Giesser, Kathleen Costello
Multiple Sclerosis: The Essential Guide – Leonie Martin
What Nurses Know … Multiple Sclerosis - Carol Saunders, BA, BSN, MSCN
Coping with Multiple Sclerosis - Cynthia Benz
MS Specific Wellness Books:
MS Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis – Dr Allen Bowling
Managing MS Naturally - Judy Graham
Yoga & MS A Journey into Health & Healing by Eric Small and Lauren M Fishman
Dietary Supplements and Multiple Sclerosis: A Health Professional’s Guice – Dr Allen Bowling
MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis – Allison Shadday, LCSW
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-Based Guide to Recovery - Professor George Jelinek
Cooking Well: Multiple Sclerosis: Over 75 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Nutritional Healing - Marie-Annick Courtier and Vincent F. Macaluso MD
Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage The Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis - Jeffrey N. Gingold
The Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Guide to Lifestyle Empowerment - Patricia Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN
Minding My Mitochondria – Dr Terry Wahls
Multiple Sclerosis Memoire and Inspiration:
Blindsided - Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir – Richard M Cohen
Fall Down, Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody - David L. Lander
Chef Interrupted: Discovering Life’s Second Course with Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland – Trevis L Gleason
Jokes My Father Never Taught Me: Life, Love, and Loss with Richard Pryor – Rain Pryor
Awkward Bitch: My Life with MS - Marlo Donato Parmelee
Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood - Teri Garr
Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope – Richard M Cohen
Biographies of Disease: Multiple Sclerosis - Lisa I. Iezzoni
Sure, there’s no way we could list all the books out there on MS or general wellness. In fact, my fellow bloggers specifically wanted me to remind everyone that we like and read other kinds of books far more than we read MS books. That said, this list is a good starting place for your own reference shelf, to help your family and friends understand our disease or just for a good old laugh or cry.
The National MS Society in the USA has a great page with loads of books about MS if you care to glance at it. Some of the books listed in our MS Library and on that page are published outside of Ireland but you should be able available on your favourite online bookseller.
If we missed any of your favourites, we would love if you would share them in the comments section below. We would be thrilled to hear of them and have a read….once we put down the latest vampire romance or juicy summer novel.
Wishing you and your family the best of health.