On The Right Side: My Story of Survival and Success – Multiple Sclerosis



My Story of Survival and Success

What if you woke one day to find yourself paralysed on one side of your body?

That’s what happened to Karen Magill on June 5, 2000. Nine days later she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and just over three months after that, she had to leave the best job she had ever had. Ms. Magill started on a frightening, confusing journey that was her life now.

Then something interesting happened. Once Karen began adjusting to her new circumstances, coming to terms with the fact that her former life had vanished, she realized that the MS was a gift. Her eyes opened to the possibilities around her.

On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success looks at Ms. Magill’s life with MS and the factors in life, which influence her. This isn’t a how to book on living well with chronic illness, but rather a touching, opinionated, sometimes humorous story on how one person has gone from partial paralysis to jumping to touch low hanging tree leaves.

As long as we aren’t six feet under, we are on the right side and anything is possible. That’s the philosophy Ms. Magill lives by and hopes that readers will come to realize that they too can overcome hardships and live good lives.




Forced to leave the workforce in 2000 by the onslaught of MS, Karen saw this as an opportunity to explore her lifelong desire to write. In February of 2014, Karen independently published an inspiring story of her journey so far with MS entitled On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.
Ms. Magill believes that anything is possible and when she writes fiction, she leans towards the paranormal. She writes about extrasensory powers as if they are commonplace because, in her mind, we are all capable of those gifts.
To date, Ms. Magill is the author of four published paranormal novels, including the award winning The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story.
Karen lives in an eclectic area of Vancouver Canada and draws inspiration from the history and stories around her.


AUTHOR'S WEBSITE:www.karenmagill.com






Oh soooo inspiring!
By brenda (LADERA RANCH, CA, United States)

"The devil you know is better than the one you don't."

Karen Magill’s book On the Right Side is a story that is difficult not to get swept into from the very first page. The main character faces so many grueling hardships that I found myself suffering along side of her. She tells her story with honesty and grace. The impact of her honesty is a memoir that allows you not only to look at her challenges but brings you to look at your own life as well. You can make peace with yourself and at the same time appreciate what you do have?

There are so many heartfelt moments in this story that took me right in. Miss Magill has a way of telling a rather depressing story that is still filled with optimism. There is light at the end of the tunnel and if she hasn’t given up, you shouldn’t either. This character has a lightheartedness and the ability to laugh at herself which I can’t help but admire.

This is not a woe is me story but really a story of survival. You are reminded to never give up. There is a silver lining if you are willing to see through all the smoke and ashes.

“At one time in my life, not that long ago, I had dreams. I was going to lose weight, tone my body and become beautiful. I was going to be a rich and successful author with my books made into movies and a television series. I was going to find an attractive, well-to-do man who I loved and who loved me to share my life with. I would live in a fantastic home, entertain regularly and be loved and admired by many. It wasn’t that long ago that I had those dreams either. Only about six months ago but now, it was struggle to get through the day. I didn’t want to think about my future.”


A Message of Hope

By S.A. Molteni (United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: On The Right Side: My Story of Survival and Success (Kindle Edition)
Karen Magill has a motto - "As long as I am not six feet under, I am on the right side of the ground and anything is possible."

From the first pages of "On the Right Side", the reader is pulled into the author's first attack of multiple sclerosis and the subsequent events that led to a proper diagnosis. After which, she has to deal with loss of her career and with chronic illness.

At times the memoir is heart-warming and at other times it is gut-wrenching. But, above all else, her story is one of survival and hope to those living with MS and to those who live a normal life, free of chronic illness.

The message is very clear. No matter how hard life becomes, each one of us has a choice to go on and to make the best of the cards we are dealt.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others. I wish Ms. Magill much success in life and in the pursuit of her writing passion.


Inspiring, encouraging and uplifting! 

By Tamy

Karen Magill’s book On the Right Side is a book that I feel would benefit everyone! You will be hooked from the very first page. Karen has a wonderful, uplifting way of sharing her life story. She shares her struggle of being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis just as she was feeling stable with a good job and what looked to be a secure future. And though it would have been easy for her to give up, she did not; she found a new purpose and a new dream. She shares her experiences and struggles; showing herself as real over-comer and as someone most of us can identify with in some way. You will be glad you picked this book up.










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