Mom’s Story; A Child Learns About MS

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Mom’s Story; A Child Learns About MS tells the story of a young girl who sees her mother with some frightening health problems and learns she has MS but she will not die from it. This book is a compassionate, accessible and easy to understand account of symptoms, search for help, diagnosis and adaptation to this heart-wrenching disease. Amy fears the worst, which is common when one is confronted by the unknown. Her best friend, Kayla, doesn’t quite understand why Amy is so worried. Amy’s older sister, Kelly is concerned and does her best to help, while older brother, Tony, tries to deny the whole situation. Information is the key to allaying much of her fear along with understanding from parents, adult friends and her older sister.

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Mom’s Story; A Child Learns About MS

  1. 1. A Child Learns About MS
  2. 3. <ul><li>Mom’s Story; A Child Learns About MS tells the story of a young girl who sees her mother with some frightening health problems and learns she has MS but she will not die from it. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>This book is a compassionate, accessible and easy to understand account of symptoms, search for help, diagnosis and adaptation to this heart-wrenching disease. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Amy fears the worst, which is common when one is confronted by the unknown. Her best friend, Kayla, doesn’t quite understand why Amy is so worried. Amy’s older sister, Kelly is concerned and does her best to help, while older brother, Tony, tries to deny the whole situation. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Information is the key to allaying much of her fear along with understanding from parents, adult friends and her older sister. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>In the United States today, there are approximately 400,000 people with multiple sclerosis (MS)—with 200 more people diagnosed every week. Worldwide, MS is thought to affect more than 2.5 million people. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Anyone with MS or who knows someone with MS will want this book. Readers of all ages will find a compelling story of a family forced to confront this chronic disease for which there is no cure. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>They will gain an understanding of MS, who gets it, how the disease is diagnosed, the various forms of MS and listings of material and organizations available to assist families in the fight against MS. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Mary Jo Nickum has had MS for 30 years. Currently a magazine editor and freelance writer, she lives with her husband in Fountain Hills, Arizona, and has two grown sons. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Mary is a retired librarian. Her primary focus as an editor and freelance writer is on science for the public. She has chosen to extend her science for the public outreach to children. Mom’s Story is her first book for children and their families. </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Reach Mary at [email_address] . Visit her website www.marynickum.com . </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>Review Excerpts </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>“ ...This is a book every parent with MS needs. It provides a clear explanation which a child can understand.” </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>“… A spot that made my heart cringe was when Amy asks if mommy was going to die. No child should be faced with this question without a quick and reassuring NO !” </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>“… Children’s support groups for dealing with chronically ill parents will find this book especially helpful.” </li></ul>

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