Life and Loss: A Family Confronts Multiple Sclerosis

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Life and Loss: A Family Confronts Multiple Sclerosis is a highly personal love story about a family caring for a daughter stricken with this disease that has no cure. The family confronts the disease, dealing with failures and successes as they try to help their loved one improve her quality of life. Unfortunately, she succumbs as the family exhausts all their energy and resources to help make her life comfortable.

Her father shares the story of how the family progressed through the various stages of the disease with their loved one. Learning about the effects of Multiple Sclerosis was not enough to prepare the family for everything they would experience. There is so much more that wasn’t addressed by the healthcare professionals.

Her father tells the story to help others in the same or similar circumstances with the lessons he and his family gathered.

This is a story that needs to be told. It’s a story about a family confronting and struggling against MS and its effects on the person with the disease and their families. The goal was to win, at first; then to make the best of a bad situation; then to survive; then finally, to face the heart-breaking conclusion: learning to live with the loss of a loved one.

Toni, my niece, was a wonderful young woman who loved God and her family. She continued to fight this disease even as it took over her mind and body. Her family, with great love and courage, sacrificed and pushed forward, even when Toni could no longer fight for herself. I believe this family’s story can truly be of help to anyone who is going through a situation that seems impossible, because “with God, all things are possible.

 - Minister Bobby

Praise for Life and Loss

I just finished reading Life and Loss: A Family Confronts Multiple Sclerosis by Anthony Browne.  The whole time I was reading I couldn’t help but think about the parallels between this journey and my journey with my Mom!  Even now, what you shared in the book about caregivers helps ease some of the lingering doubts I still have about how well I cared for Mommy and my shortcomings in caring for her.  I am so proud of this book and you MUST be too, because as I read it I believe that it provides important information to those who are in a similar situation and it so clearly shows the journey of love that was Toni’s life.  It has been my privilege to read it.  I thank you! 

Toni is not in pain anymore!  R.I.H. Sweet girl!

- Sandie G

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