Book Review and Giveaway - My Story: A Photographic Essay on Life with Multiple Sclerosis

Friday, June 12, 2009

When researching My Story by Amelia Davis I found this quote:
"...[offers] encouragement and inspiration for anyone coming to terms with what it means to be a person with [MS]." -- Consumer Connections, Winter 2004

I think this is the perfect description of this book. My Story: A Photographic Essay on Life with Multiple Sclerosis uses photographs along with short essays giving us a glimpse into the lives of 32 people living with MS. Contributors share the story of their life and how Multiple Sclerosis has changed them as well as the things they discovered that stay the same no matter what life throws at you. Photographs by Amelia Davis accompany each essay showing us the faces behind MS.

For every essay written by a person with Multiple Sclerosis in this book there is a companion essay written by their caregiver. Behind every person with a chronic illness be it MS or something else there is always someone and often a lot of someones caring for those people. If not physically then mentally and emotionally. not for a second can the plight of the individuals with the illness be downplayed, but those surrounding and supporting those people must not be forgotten, My Story does a wonderful job of including these people while at the same time not taking away from the individuals they are caring for.

About the Author

Amelia Davis is a freelance photographer who has shown her work in fine art galleries, universities, and at medical symposia. Her photographs have been published in literary and art magazines and in textbooks. Her first book, The First Look, (U. of Illinois, 2000) received the Sixteenth Annual Susan Koppelman Award for editing, and was selected by the AAUP Book and Jacket Show as one of the best designed books of 2000. Amelia, who lives in San Francisco, was diagnosed with MS in 1998.

Giveaway

I was given a copy of My Story: A Photographic Essay on Life with Multiple Sclerosis by Amelia Davis to review and now I want to pass the opportunity to read this book full of heartwarming stories on to one lucky reader.

How do I enter? Good question. There are 4 ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post, yep that's it just tell me what you think about this post/giveaway and you will get one entry.
2. Twitter about this giveaway, here's an example (feel free to use it)

I just entered to win a great book on @momsnotall book blog. You can enter too!! http://tinyurl.com/mnmdg2

then leave another comment here with the url to each tweet. You can do this as many times as you like. That's right there is no limit on the number of entries you can earn this way. Just remember for each time you tweet it, return here and leave a comment with the url to the tweet so i can verify if you are the winner.


What are the Rules to this Giveaway?
1. An email address is required so leave it with your comment (or else how will you know you won)
2. A winner will be chosen using random.org
3. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 2 days to reply before a new winner is chosen.
4. Open to US address'
5. Ends on 6/18/09 @ 10PM CST. Good Luck!!!


The winner is theyyyguy [at] yahoo [dot] com

Congratulations!!!


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28 your two cents:

mindy said...

sounds like a fabulous giveaway and an insightful book

A Reader said...

SOUNDS GREAT!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

Renee G said...

I would like to read this. My sister has been diagnosed as possibly having MS, and I'd like to know more about the disease.

rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

mverno said...

its a great giveaway love to win it mverno@roadrunner.com

samarcy said...

my grandaugther has MS, and at 16 this would be an insperation for her!!

wendy said...

I have worked with people with MS before and would love the insight this would provide.

madamerkf at aol dot com

would love to read and learn from this book

Tig said...

Wooo Hooo Make me a winner!

marthajane said...

I have a cousin with MS and would love this book for my uncle (her father).

Nickolay said...

Sounds like a incredible book with a very inspirational point. Thanks for the chance



jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

TRUN said...

Thank you for showing me this book...my mother has MS and I would love her to read it as there are many times it gets the best of her and this may help inspire her.

morethananumber said...

This book sounds very intresting. I am a huge reader of non-fiction and would enjoy reading it.

autielady[at]live.com

Gabriel J. said...

Great book, great contest!

I would love to read this! :)

erma said...

I would love to read this, an awesome contest.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

kathy55439 said...

I love true stories about people who over come.....

Anonymous said...

This is a really nice contest. I'd really enjoy reading this since I know of someone who has Multiple Sclerosis.






Bshaw75015@aol.com

Angela said...

I would love to read this!
pleaseundress@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Happy Wednesday!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Melanie said...

I had a teacher that had a son with MS, ever since I learned of it, Ive been intrigued by this disease. Its such a sad thing, I would love to have this inspirational book.


clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

Hillary said...

My cousin has MS

Thanks for the contest!

hillary1128@yahoo.com

chazvgo said...

Sounds like a very educational book, Thanks :)

Christine said...

This sounds like a good book. I'd really like to read it.

Deadmonkeys90 said...

This sounds like a very touching book.
deadmonkeys90@yahoo.com

kathy pease said...

Thanks for the GREAT giveaway
please count me in :)

lilyk said...

I think this post/giveaway is great! Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

lilyk@mail2world.com

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

WE ARE WAITING FOR RESULTS TO FIND OUT IF MY SISTER HAS Multiple Sclerosis !
THEY SAY IF SHE DOES THAT ME & MY TOHER SISTER SHOULD BE TESTED ALSO.
I AM AFFRAID & WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS IN ORDER TO BE COMFORTED & BETTER EDUCATED ABOUT THE DIEASE!

ZESTYWONDELRAND@GMAIL.COM

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