No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis
About the Book
When 44-year-old Ann Pietrangelo is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, all previous assumptions about health, work, and her new romance are up for grabs.
How do you begin to plan for life’s second half with a body you’ve never met before? One precarious step at a time. From the impersonal diagnosis by email to a wedding presided over by a funeral director, this is no tragic tale of woe. Like relapsing/remitting MS itself, the book alternates between the serious (“When I turn toward him, there’s a big hole where his right cheek should be.”) and the silly (“The bocce balls don't get out much.”).
This poignant and often humorous story of acceptance and change relies on a basic truth – good health and life are fleeting, but love and humor trump all. Every second matters, a point driven home by yet another life-altering diagnosis.
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About Author Ann Pietrangelo
Ann is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Making peace with multiple sclerosis, surviving triple-negative breast cancer, and continuing to pursue a career as a freelance writer...well, let's just say she's fairly stubborn and has a well-developed sense of humor.
She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and her work is published on sites all around the web. Ann and her husband, Jim, are partners in WebCamp One, LLC, a full-service website development and content creation company. Their philosophy is a simple one: Give back when you can and LIVE while you're here.
When they're not working in their loft office or hanging out with their cat Smokey, Jim and Ann can be found strolling the neighborhood or exploring their adopted city of Williamsburg, Virginia. Their children and extended families are scattered throughout the country, so there's almost always a trip on the calendar. Ann enjoys volunteering her time to such worthwhile organizations as Beyond Boobs! and the National MS Society. Jim and Ann are proud members of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
"Where the road leads, for now, is a mystery. I'm just grateful to be on the road." --Ann Pietrangelo
Author Website: AnnPietrangelo.com | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Few Words from the Author
“No More Secs! may strike a chord if you’ve got multiple sclerosis, or love someone who does. Still, it’s only my story, not your story, and certainly not THE story of MS. Oh, and it’s not all about MS either. Really. That’s because life marches on whether we feel up to it or not. Mine sure did, and ready or not, it keeps on marching.
"If you take a leap of faith and give No More Secs! a read, it is my sincere hope you come away from it on a positive note. Then I’ll know I’ve done good. Thank you.
Selected Interviews & Mentions
Podcast: Who You Calling Old (Co-hosts: Dr. Cecile Forte & Chamein Canton)
Podcast: Living with HOPE (Host: Trudy Thomas)
Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog: Author Interview with Writer Ann Pietrangelo
Blog: Pretty Opinionated: Ann Pietrangelo, "No More Secs!"
Quotations Diary: Top Quotes from "No More Secs!"
Indie eBook Interviews: "No More Secs!" by Ann Pietrangelo
Blog: Ups & Downs of a Yoga Mom: Q & A with Ann Pietrangelo
Free Book Reviews: Interview with Author Ann Pietrangelo
Care2.com, Trailblazers for Good: Health Blogger Ann Pietrangelo Publishes Book
"Pietrangelo shares the highs and lows of living with MS...Her personality shines through in this tale...This book will offer hope, courage and insight to others living with multiple sclerosis, or who know someone with the disease." --Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
Snippets from our Mailbox
"LOVED your book. I chuckled, I teared up, I related..."
"I live in South Africa. I have just finished reading your book, "No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis." WOW! I just could not believe that there is actually someone out there who KNOWS how it feels to have this dreadful MS! I wish that I could have read this book back when I was dx - it would most definitely have made a huge difference in my life! All I can say is: Thank you for sharing! I wish that all my friends and family could read this book, so that they can see that I'm not "faking." To me it's a very "lonely" disease, for most of family members and friends just don't get it. So from the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU!"
"It was a delightful read…
Hope you will continue to write, but please don't feel it necessary to develop any new illnesses to have a topic. You could write about grass growing and make it a good read…Thank you for letting me shed a few tears and smiling in between."
"I feel like I am sometimes reading my own thoughts while reading your book.
I was just diagnosed with MS about 3 weeks ago. Thank you for having a voice."
"I ran across your Triple Negative [Breast Cancer] blog while researching TNBC. I downloaded your book on my Kindle, and even though I intended to read it during my chemo sessions, I read it all immediately upon download! You are so easy to relate to -- good book!"
“Your book is great!
My Kindle version is full of highlights and notes, as so much of it resonates deeply.”
“What a nice book. I laughed, I cried, I connected to you in a way I’ve connected with no one else. It was so nice to know I'm not alone.”
“Finished your book “No More Secs!” this morning. It’s a great read about coping with the unexpected events in our lives. Your writing drew me in and I couldn’t put it down.”
“Ann, just finished reading your book on my patio last night. Congrats on a terrific job. ... I know this will help others who are living with MS and feel so alone out there.”
“It is a lovely love story, well written, full of information too.”
“I received and downloaded your book. ... I’m so curious about your story I had to make myself put it down…”
“For MSers it’s a must read! I saw parallels between our lives.”
“I found myself able to relate even though we have completely different disorders. The questions you ask of yourself and your abilities are similar to those I have asked myself.”
“I have a dear friend that was recently diagnosed with MS and will definitely be recommending your book to her.”
“Here’s to those of us who just keep on keepin’ on, whatever the circumstances!”
“Thank you for putting into words what those of us with MS feel!”
“I want to thank you so much for putting your heart and soul into your book. I can’t stop reading it. ... [Now] I do not feel so alone with this disease or think I have gone crazy with some things that come along with MS.”
“Ann, you inspire all of us. Keep on writing.”
"If you have MS or know someone with MS please read this book."
Ann Pietrangelo has written a poignant, intelligent and very readable book about her struggles with relapsing/remitting Multiple Sclerosis. As she says , "MS puts me in a category of people who live a double life. One foot in the world of disability, one foot in the world of the able-bodied". With this form of MS she deals with remissions and relapses over and over, never knowing when one or the other will occur.
Ms. Pietrangelo discusses her life, her work, her family and her marriage. She focuses on the fact that she is much more than the sum of her symptoms or the name of her disease. She is a whole person, in love and loved, productive and successful. She has a history of writing for health blogs and she and her husband run a web design company.
Ann's Diagnosis occurred when she was 45 years old, beginning with tingling in her leg and arm. She is lucky to have health care insurance but it is running out as she is on the COBRA plan - the plan that is mandatory for companies to offer employees who leave employment. It is a plan they must pay for themselves and it only lasts for eighteen months. Ann discusses the frustrations of working with insurance companies and physicians along with her fear of what will happen when she is left uninsured.
She discusses the emotions that go along with her illness, especially "the mind games it plays with you. Guilt and self-doubt plague its unwilling hosts, and I'm no exception." Even though she is debilitated by her disease, she continues to feel she should do more, work more hours and be more productive. She finds it hard to accept her limitations with MS. "The thing about relapsing/remitting MS is that your disabilities are ever-changing. You have to learn to adapt to new situations very quickly. Change is the name of the game." She is faced with myriad symptoms, never the same and always in flux and change.
I am very glad that I had a chance to read this e-book that was provided by the author. Ann is an excellent writer. The book is never whiny or martyr-like. It is a day to day account of a brave woman and the world she lives in. This book gave me a way to open a door and get to know her a bit. For that I am grateful. -Bonnie Brody "Book Lover and Knitter" (Port St. Lucie, FL)
high heels despite
I just finished reading No More Secs! by Ann Pietrangelo. It was like taking a stroll down memory lane. Her book lays out the truth, while daring me to shape my own future. I love how she invites the reader into her relationships with her husband, Jim and daughter. Liz. As much as anyone really can, she allows us to see how caregivers view and interact with the chronically ill. At the same time Ms Pietrangelo always stresses that this story is through her eyes. I've highlighted several passages to refer to later, because they give me a goal to shoot toward. The over arching perception she has is welcoming and insightful. It's like she presents a manual for those with a chronic illness. In this case that illness happens to be Multiple Sclerosis. -Nicole (Silver Spring, MD)
I bought this book for my daughter who was recently diagnosed with MS. She has read many books about this disease since being diagnosed but this one touched her heart. She found a kindred soul in Ann and has since called her. It helped us understand the disease better as well. The book is written on such a personal basis instead of a detached medical angle. If you have MS or know someone with MS please read this book.
(Net Proceeds to Benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society -Multiple Sclerosis Research Department)
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