MS Madness!

A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis

Non-Fiction - Memoir
241 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2014
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Author Biography

Yvonne deSousa has worked as a street sweeper, a shell seller, a babysitter, a candy peddler, and a guest house manager, all before the age of sixteen. Later on she worked as a waitress, sales clerk, library assistant, victim’s advocate, and at the front desk of a doctor’s
office.

Two years before Yvonne’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a relative volunteered her to write an article for a local newspaper. Little did she know it was the beginning of a writing career. When MS threatened to turn her into a lunatic, she started writing more frequently and quickly discovered that writing about the insanity that is MS was helping to keep her sane.

Her work has appeared on CapeWomenOnline.com, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith and Something On Our Minds, Volumes 1 and 2. Yvonne also writes a weekly blog on www.yvonnedesousa.com, the website that uses a giggle stick to beat up on MS. Since finishing MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis, she has started presenting programs designed to help others use humor to help cope with
chronic illness.

Yvonne enjoys writing, laughing, and resting. She lives by her personal motto, “my MS is not your MS and your MS is weird!”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers' Favorite

Yvonne deSousa is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The only way to deal with it is to face facts and take each day as it comes. The various signs and symptoms of the disease make her day to day life progressively difficult. She ends up quitting her front desk job. Whatever she has to face as a result of her MS, she does so with elan. Living and surviving through the MS fog-riddled days, Yvonne makes sure she does not lose her sense of humor and brightness of spirit.

MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis by Yvonne deSousa is just what it promises to be. The author has managed to turn a potential sob story into a humorous read without losing the main plot. It takes a lot to make fun of yourself and the author does it with ease. Her ability to laugh at herself, in spite of her condition, can surely be an inspiration to one and all. Describing the difficulties she faces in dealing with new technology and managing her finances, Yvonne surely strikes a chord with those of us who know what being a klutz is all about. Her review of the highly acclaimed movie, "Inception" is hilarious and not to be missed. I really think it takes a lot of courage to look your MS diagnosis in the face and choose not to be beaten by it. Yvonne has done a wonderful job of sharing her story in a very nice, readable way. She deserves a pat on the back for telling it with a smile.