MS Related Books: Essential Reading for MSers

The MS Related books we will look at here are as follows:

  1. Awkward Bitch: My Life with MS – Marlo Donato Parmelee
  2. Managing Multiple Sclerosis Naturally – Judy Graham
  3. Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-Based Guide to Recovery – George Jelinek
  4. Coping With Multiple Sclerosis: A Comprehensive Guide to the Symptoms and Treatments – Richard Reynolds and Cynthia Benz
  5. Multiple Sclerosis – The Essential Guide – Leonie Martin
  6. Magical Sense – Living with MS – Sue Chambers

I have not yet read all of these books but they do come highly recommended.

(And yes, I am an Amazon affiliate, so if you were to purchase one of these books from here I would receive a very small commission.)

Awkward Bitch: My Life with MS

by Marlo Donato Parmelee

[amazon asin=1438990480&template=iframe image]American author and musician Marlo Donato Parmelee was born 29 May, 1972, and is the youngest daughter of an Irish mother and Sicilian- American father. Marlo grew up on Long Island, NY and received a BA in classical Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, NYC. She has lived in London for the past five years. By day, Marlo is the UK support manager for luxury fashion brand, Donna Karan International. By night, she takes to the stage as the driving force behind local London band, Mantis and the Prayer (, as well as her solo project, Marlo Donato (
Marlo regularly gives talks about her Multiple Sclerosis at the Royal London Hospital.

Managing Multiple Sclerosis Naturally: A Self-Help Guide to Living with MS

by Judy Graham

[amazon asin=1594772908&template=iframe image2]Judy Graham is an inspiration. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was just 26 years old, 35 years later Judy Graham is still walking, working, and is a mother to a now adult son. In this totally revised and updated edition of her groundbreaking Multiple Sclerosis, first published in 1984, she shares the natural treatments that have helped her and many others with MS stabilize or even reverse the condition.

Judy Graham is a name that this web site manager has been familiar with for over 20 years since his own diagnosis with multiple sclerosis.

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-Based Guide to Recovery

by George Jelinek

[amazon asin=1742371795&template=iframe image]George Jelinek lives and works in Melbourne, Australia with Professorial appointments at the University of Melbourne, and Monash University. George has had a stellar career in Emergency Medicine; he won the Prize in the first Specialist Examinations in 1986, is a past President of the Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine and Vice-President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM). He was the first Professor of Emergency Medicine in Australasia and Founding Editor of the journal Emergency Medicine Australasia, a major international journal he has edited for 20 years. He was awarded the ACEM Medal in 2003, and was a WA Finalist for 2008 Australian of the Year recognising his work in emergency medicine and multiple sclerosis.


Coping With Multiple Sclerosis: A Comprehensive Guide to the Symptoms and Treatments

by Richard Reynolds, Cynthia Benz

[amazon asin=0091902460&template=iframe image2]Multiple sclerosis (MS) – a disease of the central nervous system – is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults today. In her authoritative and inspiring book, Cynthia Benz demystifies the illness, explains its symptoms and patterns and offers a wealth of practical advice on coping with MS on a day-to-day basis.

Including information on:

  • How to cope with stress and remain optimistic
  • Available therapies – from traditional drugs and physiotherapy to alternative treatments including acupuncture, homeopathy and massage
  • What help is on offer and where it can be found


Multiple Sclerosis – The Essential Guide

by Leonie Martin

[amazon asin=1861440863&template=iframe image]Voted 5 star by the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society What is multiple sclerosis? Are there any treatments for multiple sclerosis? How can I stay as well as possible?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common disease of the central nervous system affecting young adults. A recent MS Society survey indicated that there are at least 100,000 people living with MS in the UK. Only 20 years ago, a diagnosis of MS was assumed to mean a bleak future. Thankfully, times have changed. There is still no cure for MS, but due to ongoing research, new and better treatments have been developed.

Magical Sense – Living with MS

by Sue Chambers

[amazon asin=1905823088&template=iframe image2]Sue has been living with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) since 1985. In this very personal book she explores how MS has affected her, physically and mentally, and provides valuable advice for others in the same position. Throughout the book, Sue’s humour comes through making it a life affirming read. A must read for anyone affected by MS. A diagnosis of MS was the start of a journey for Sue. This book tells of that journey, from the initial shock of the diagnosis through the education process (and the periods of denial) to an understanding of what it takes to survive and live with MS.

No-one in the medical team can tell it from the position of the person with MS. Sue can and she does so with personal candour and incredible humour.

Sue Chambers kindly sent me a copy of this book, asking if I would review it. I was, of course, delighted and honoured to do so, see my review here.


MS Related Books

My wife has suggested that I should write one of my own MS related books. I think the inference was that I knew nothing else I might be able to write about. After due consideration, and the effects of MS brain fog, I forgot!

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