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Offering candid, heartfelt, and inspiring stories of 40 diverse individuals who have been affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), this compilation creates a connection that is vital to those dealing with the mysterious and difficult symptoms of this nerve condition. With 10,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year and its causes still not fully understood, these stories of personal experience act as a support group by offering advice and encouragement and creating a sense of community. The collection also features current medical information by noted experts in the fields of MS research and treatment. The resource section is packed with organizations offering hope and help for those with MS and their families and friends.
A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger--A Resource Book for Parents, Caregivers and Teachersby Eliane Whitehouse Warwick Putney
From the book jacket: Children often have problems with anger. Teachers often have problems with anger. Parents often have problems with anger. Why? Because we're afraid of anger. It may mean that someone is out of our control. It may mean that someone won't like us. It may mean that someone acts violently. This book is about living successfully, healthily, happily, nonviolently, with motivation, without fear and with good relationships. An accessible resource book for teachers, parents and all who care for children, it is full of stories, and easy-to-use games and exercises designed to encourage children to see their anger and to deal constructively with it. A Volcano in My Tummy includes sections on key concepts, building a child's self esteem, what adults can do when a child is angry, developing an anger management program, troubleshooting, and a special section for teachers that integrates the resource with other curriculum areas. Exercises are clearly described, indicating appropriate age levels, teaching strategies, materials and procedures to follow, with worksheets for the childrens' use. All are easily adaptable for use by teachers, parents or other caregivers.
The journalist who famously lived as a man commits herself literally. Norah Vincent's New York Times bestselling book, Self-Made Man, ended on a harrowing note. Suffering from severe depression after her eighteen months living disguised as a man, Vincent felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist she committed herself to a mental institution. Out of this raw and overwhelming experience came the idea for her next book. She decided to get healthy and to study the effect of treatment on the depressed and insane in the bin, as she calls it. Vincent's journey takes her from a big city hospital to a facility in the Midwest and finally to an upscale retreat down south, as she analyzes the impact of institutionalization on the unwell, the tyranny of drugs-as-treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamic between caregivers and patients. Vincent applies brilliant insight as she exposes her personal struggle with depression and explores the range of people, caregivers, and methodologies that guide these strange, often scary, and bizarre environments. Eye opening, emotionally wrenching, and at times very funny, Voluntary Madness is a riveting work that exposes the state of mental health care in America from the inside out.
Miles Naismith Vorkosigan was not a mutant, though he was often mistaken for one. His home, Barrayar, was a militant world shaped by a bitter history and political strife. Years earlier, an assassin had chosen poison gas for an attack on Aral Vorkosigan, former Regent of the Barrayaran Empire--now Prime Minister--and the pregnant Lady Cordelia. They survived; unborn Miles was the terrorist's only real victim. Cursed with brittle bones that neither grew nor healed properly, a dwarf-like body and a face prematurely lined with the agony of too many corrective surgeries--and too many people who could not accept his difference--Miles refused to hide behind his Vor rank. With a brilliant mind, courage honed by a desire for adventure, and an ever-ready sense of the absurd, he carved out his own place in the galactic scheme... "The Mountains of Mourning" (included with two other novellas in Borders of Infinity). It was just after his hard-won graduation from the Imperial Academy and before he began active duty that Miles met the hill woman. Distraught, she claimed her husband had murdered their baby daughter, who'd been born (continued on back flap) (continued from front flap) defective--an old back-country practice for culling mutants, now illegal but impossible to stamp out. The woman demanded Lord Vorkosigan's justice, and she was no less surprised than Miles himself when he was appointed his father's Voice in the matter. But he did indeed exact justice--for the sake of a child whose needless death would haunt him all his days... The Vor Game. Every cadet wants space duty; many are disappointed. In Ensign Miles Vorkosigan's case, however, being assigned as Meteorological Officer at a remote arctic base was more than disappointing; it came close to being deadly. The commander of "Camp Permafrost" was a brutal, vindictive reactionary who despised Miles on sight. When the C.O. decided a mass murder was in order to put down what he deemed a mutiny, Miles had little trouble choosing which side he was on. That decision ended his meteorological career...and started him on his highly irregular way up in the Emperor's Service--first with a job in Imperial Security, then on to an admiralty! Well, it wasn't an official commission...
Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks. When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident. And yet, against all odds, but through the common faith in Christ that sustained them, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again. Even though Kim stood by Krickitt through the darkest times a husband can ever imagine, he insists, "I'm no hero. I made a vow. " Now available in trade paper with a new chapter and photo insert, The Vow is the true story that inspired the major motion picture of the same name starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Channing Tatum (Dear John), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), and Academy Award winner Jessica Lange.
Sallie Bingham - The New Mexican Graceful yet gritty paradoxes drive this extraordinary book, which uses the author's degenerative disease, multiple sclerosis, as a window into a very particular soul....Let the reader understand: this is not a book about MS, or illness; rather, it's a chronicle of inspired adaption, spiritual as well as physical...The aim is the creation of joy. Donna Seaman - Booklist Mairs's physical view of the world may be waist-high, but her intellectual and spiritual range is limitless. Kathy Wolfe - The Progressive As helpful as Mairs's book will be to disable people, what's most important about it is its lessons for able-bodied readers. Marian Sandmeier - The Washington Post Book World Woe is not her, as she makes clear throughout this absorbing, laceratingly honest book....This social construction of disability...is what Mairs most wants us to "get" in this passionate, penetrating book-and then get over. Michael Haederle - Los Angeles Times Vintage Mairs: sharply observed, deeply personal and always direct.
Biography of a deaf-blind woman who spent 18 years isolated in a mental hospital before gaining her freedom, earning a college degree and working as a social worker in northeast Ohio. The co-authors are a deaf social worker and blind pastor.
The danger in refusing to accept your disability whilst searching for a cure is that it may somehow propagate a notion that walking is good, and being in a wheelchair is bad. Even the term 'cure' implies remedying a bad situation. Of course most disabled people would prefer not to be disabled at all - me too - but so long as we are afforded equal rights, we are not discriminated against, and we can work and live in an accessible environment, then who has the right to say we would be better off walking?
Step into Reading with A WALL OF NAMES: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial "Why did you die and not me?" This is a note to a dead soldier from an old friend. It is one of hundreds of notes left every year beside the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- a wall curved with the names of all the US soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. The wall was built to honor these men and women and to heal the deep wounds left by the longest and most hated war ever fought by Americans. Here's the dramatic story of how the wall came to be and what Vietnam meant to our country in the war-torn years of the 60s. Select picture descriptions added and captions
This is the thirteenth book in the Kernel Series. Its chapters are: Don't Throw the Nickel Boy Was I Bamboozled Lessons from the Charcoal Pit Concerning Books, Lawn Mowers, and Bus Rides Children, Fruitcake, and Rectangles The Wall-to-Wall Thanksgiving Meeting the Challenge Daddy Read Me Walking the Balance Beam Big Enough to Ride the Bike and, of course, Dr. Jernigan's introduction, which ties together the featured vignettes. Other books in this series are available from Bookshare.
"This impressive book offers a powerful set of insights into the lasting effects of the First World War and the different ways in which belligerent states came to terms with the war's consequences."
Although surrounded by treachery, Mariane, a young mute, battles alongside her cousin, Joan of Arc, for the liberation of France from the English.
In Bronze Age Britain, Drem must overcome the disability of a crippled arm in order to pass his tribe's test of manhood and become a warrior.
When Miles Vorkosigan fails the military academy's entrance exams because of his physical disabilities, he looks elsewhere for a purpose. Through an escalating series of choices and circumstances, he finds himself involved in a space war, leading a large mercenary fleet. The only problem is, it is treason--as in, a hanging offense--to command a private army. This is the first book featuring Miles in the Vorkosigan series.
A collection of poems, which includes: I Invented Body Surfing, I Am Not My Cancer, Another Day, Waiting, Gift From A Long Dead Brother, And I Thank You For The Grace, and more. An inspiring, short collection.
The authors describe WASSP and give sample profiles of WASSP.
Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be "normal," Marya Hornbacher lovingly embraced her anorexia and bulimia -- until a particularly horrifying bout with the disease in college put the romance of wasting away to rest forever. A vivid, honest, and emotionally wrenching memoir, Wasted is the story of one woman's travels to reality's darker side -- and her decision to find her way back on her own terms.
Off the shores of Sea Haven, a beautiful diver rescues a man from drowning, a man with no memory of who he is--or why he seems to possess the violent instincts of a trained killer. But soon, he and his savior will be engulfed in a storm of dizzying passion and inescapable danger. . .
In the 1760s a man is washed overboard in a typhoon. Was it murder or an accident? Blind magistrate Sir John Fielding investigates, and discovers secrets that might better have been left at the bottom of a watery grave.
In this innovative book, Dr. Temple Grandin gets down to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do's and don'ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her "insider" perspective and a great deal of research. These are just some of the specific topics Temple delves into: How and Why People with Autism Think Differently, Economical Early Intervention Programs that Work, How Sensory Sensitivities Affect Learning, Behaviors Caused by a Disability vs. Just Bad Behaviors, Teaching People with Autism to Live in an Unpredictable World, Alternative Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine, Employment Ideas for Adults with Autism, And many more! PLUS an exclusive interview between world-renowned psychologist Dr. Tony Attwood and Temple Grandin!
The story of Lisa Taylor, a visually impaired woman, who struggles to overcome her fears in order to find love.
Family Power is a comprehensive guide to healthful weight management for all members of the family, including children and adolescents. The latest scientific research has shown that children are strongly influenced by the food- and physical activity-related decisions made by parents and other family members, and this knowledge provides the basis for the advice in this breakthrough book.
Neil Oxley's older sister, Geraldine, is coming home for the first time. After spending most of her life in institutions for the retarded, she is finally going to live with her family and adapt to the "real world". "Skillful juxtaposition of two seemingly incompatible elements--light humor and the serious theme of mental retardation . . . This is a notable piece". --School Library Journal.
A psychologist's perceptions of mental illness which are illustrated with stories her patients have told her--privacy always protected.
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