• Title: Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir
  • Author: Richard M.Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780060014094
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
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    Blindsided Lifting a Life Above Illness A Reluctant Memoir Illness came calling when Richard M Cohen was twenty five years old He was a young television news producer with expectations of a limitless future and his foreboding that his health was not quite ri
    Illness came calling when Richard M Cohen was twenty five years old He was a young television news producer with expectations of a limitless future, and his foreboding that his health was not quite right turned into the harsh reality that something was very wrong when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis For thirty years Cohen has done battle with MS, only to be ambIllness came calling when Richard M Cohen was twenty five years old He was a young television news producer with expectations of a limitless future, and his foreboding that his health was not quite right turned into the harsh reality that something was very wrong when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis For thirty years Cohen has done battle with MS, only to be ambushed by two bouts of colon cancer at the end of the millennium And yet, he has writ ten a hopeful book about celebrating life and coping with chronic illness Welcome to my world, writes Cohen, where I carry around dreams, a few diseases, and the determination to live life my way This book is my daily conversation with myself, a chronicle of the struggles in that exotic place just north of the neck At the moment, my attitude checks out well I do believe I m winning Autobiographical at its roots, reportorial, and expansive, Blindsided explores the effects of illness on raising three children and on his relationship with his wife, Meredith Vieira host of ABC s The View and the syndicated Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Cohen tackles the nature of denial and resilience, the ins and outs of the struggle for emotional health, and the redemptive effects of a loving family And while he may not have chosen to live with illness, illness did choose him Written with grace, humor, and lyrical prose, Blindsided presents a life brimming over with accomplishment and joy in adversity.

    One Reply to “Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir”

    1. I had avoided reading this book for so long for obvious reasons. I was afraid to. After seeing him speak with Meredith a couple of monthes ago at an MS luncheon, I felt the time had come. I cannot even begin to express how incredible this book was for me. I felt that he was inside my brain, expressing every thought and feeling I too have had over these past 5 years- I will beg my family to read this book, to gain a little more insight into why I am the way I am. I guess these are traits we share [...]

    2. I chose this book because I've watched Merideth Viera on her various TV shows including and since The View, and also read magazine articles about her. Some of them, which her husband, Cohen, mentions in the book portrayed Cohen as a sickly invalid fully dependent on his wife. Looking at the photo on the cover, I felt surely that couldn't be the case, so I wanted to read his side of the story, told in his own words.If you just look at Cohen piece by piece, perhaps you'd agree with the magazines. [...]

    3. Angry, painful, bitter, grim, with some resignation, if not acceptance, toward the end, Cohen hates everything about having MS (and later colon cancer), what it’s done to his body, his life, his dreams, his family. This was tough to read, and seemed a bit disorganized, choppy and repetitive at times, but it was clearly his reality. An unflinchingly honest portrait of how life with a chronic, debilitating illness must be. This one did make me grateful for the health I enjoy and so often take fo [...]

    4. A stirring, if rather self-pitying memoir of dealing with illness, mental illness and the things that one can not change. I found it to be useful, but it might be too much for some readers. Take with some caution, but still recommended. For the complete review, please go here:epinions/content_13766

    5. A member named Jessica sums this book up perfectlyShe writes:At the beginning of this book, Richard M. Cohen warns the reader that he doesn't have all the secrets. Fair enough, I thought, he doesn't have all the secrets for everyone, but certainly he's figured things out in his own life, or he wouldn't be writing a book, right?Wrong. While I appreciate Cohen's candor in his descriptions of how he has dealt with MS and colon cancer, his book lacks a consistent theme. Is Cohen a stoic? Sometimes, [...]

    6. I wanted to like this book - because as a physical therapist, I've worked with so many people with M.S. and because I admire Meredith Viera so much. The first part of the book was interesting, sad and inspiring but then Cohen just kept repeating himself in different ways. By the end of the book, I was screaming at him to just "deal with it!" Dealing with any chronic disease is difficult and dealing with cancer (twice) on top of that made his life even more difficult. But wishing for a "normal" l [...]

    7. AudiobookThis was a moving and depressing account of one man's life with Multiple Sclerosis, and how it has challenged him to grow as a person, and the ways the illness has impacted his family. Cohen is eloquent, and tells the tale of his life. He loves life and has been creative and determined in keeping it that way, despite the progressive nature of the illness. It is a heartbreaking story, yet realistic. I would recommend this to anyone who has a family member or loved one coping with a chron [...]

    8. It seems nearly impossible to convey to a "well" person, the physical challenges and isolation of living with chronic or terminal illness. The "patient" is trying to come to grips with not only the constance of deterioration but the indifference, impatience or insincerity of acquaintances who pronounce themselves friends. Richard M. Cohen talks about it all with humor and pathos. He speaks for many who may not be able to articulate this complex issue as eloquently as he does.

    9. I read this shortly after discovering that I too have MS. A beautiful story of courage and pain. It took everything I had to not cry for the pain this man has had to endure, and his constant struggle to stay positive. More than worth reading - this could change the way you think about illness. And, as icing on the cake - the writing is incredible.

    10. Bittersweet account of Meredith Viera's husband's 30-year struggle with multiple sclerosis. I learned a great deal about the disease and what it's like to cope with a chronic and at times debilitating illness.

    11. I enjoyed this book which discusses a formerly virile man who has to adjust his expectations of himself once MS came to rule his life. He talks about the anger he had for having a chronic disease that was intractable. It turns out that MS must be the worse neurological disease out there next to Huntington's because it can mimic any other neurological disease and the disability has a wide range of presentation that can come and go with no rhyme or reason and the course is variable. Richard Cohen [...]

    12. This book is a revealing look at the impact of multiple sclerosis on one man’s life. As such, it will give insight to those seeking to understand how this disease changes things immeasurably for those living with this ailment. It will not, however, provide insight into how to respond to such an illness in a healthy manner. Cohen openly shares his persistent response of anger, which often bleeds over into the lives of others – especially his family. From this perspective, it is unlikely indiv [...]

    13. The reviews do not explain this book properly. It is a memoir of real reactions to a life of disability and illness. There is anger and low self-image. As the chipper ending occurs, the honest reactions coupled with work still achieved are more enduring to me than reflections on self-awareness and hope for children's learning for the better.I connected with the anger lived and the lessons learned, not the last few pages of dreams of hope. Not that I don't have the same dreams, but I feel they hi [...]

    14. I think he author did a wonderful job presenting a difficult life. He provided magnificent insight on life with chronic illness and an incurable disease. I love the way he blended his family, his career, his love and his dreams into a memoir that would be hard for anyone to write. The author did a great job of being open and honest without depressing the reader.

    15. In this book Cohen documents his 30 year struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. What was it like to have a definitive diagnosis? How has the disease manifest itself? How has MS impacted his family - his wife, Meredith Viera, and their three children? What is it like to see his physical prowess ebb? What happens when he learns that he has cancer in addition to MS?This is a quick read. It’s about coping.Cohen describes the subtle changes to his body and how he's tried to live as normal a life as poss [...]

    16. The pacing of the book is haphazard and I almost set it down when I came to the chapter about colon cancer. However, the narrative pulls together for two very strong concluding chapters, about his present life with Meredith Vieria and their three children. In chapter twelve, "Meredith," Cohen remembers when their dating relationship was deepening. "The talk of illness slowly fell away. We kept moving, forward, as if by plan. And we stayed in motion. 'You were somebody who liked to go out and jus [...]

    17. There is no way around it, Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir is a heavy read. Richard M. Cohen carries anger at the Multiple Sclerosis that has so marked his life around with him wherever he goes.If you have MS or know a loved one who does, I recommend you read this. Anger aside, this is unlike other MS memoirs. Richard was diagnosed four decades ago, well before the disease modifying therapies currently on the market existed. He offers a different world view of MS and [...]

    18. At the beginning of this book, Richard M. Cohen warns the reader that he doesn't have all the secrets. Fair enough, I thought, he doesn't have all the secrets for everyone, but certainly he's figured things out in his own life, or he wouldn't be writing a book, right? Wrong. While I appreciate Cohen's candor in his descriptions of how he has dealt with MS and colon cancer, his book lacks a consistent theme. Is Cohen a stoic? Sometimes, but not others. Does Cohen think it's a good idea to hide il [...]

    19. This memoir was very painful to read for someone who identifies as easily as I do with others' struggles. Mr. Cohen is an incredibly strong and persistent fellow who never seems to actually accept his limitations. In many ways, this refusal to admit the extent of his disability helps him to live up to his own expectations and to go beyond what others might be able to accomplish with lesser determination. Yet Richard has such a hard time forgiving his body and himself for his lack of physical apt [...]

    20. Rolling with the Punches “Enjoyable” would be the wrong word to describe this book; “admirable” and “pathetic” seem more appropriate. You have to empathize with this famous couple who retain their love despite overwhelming adversity. Your heart aches upon learning that the author, Richard Cohen, had to battle cancer in addition to an incurable neurological deterioration that includes loss of vision. You have to admire the way he adjusts to a hopeless situation. Furthermore, his renow [...]

    21. Cohen's memoir jumped off the shelf at me because I have been wanting to know more about multiple sclerosis. This chronic illness afflicts someone very near and dear to me. Although I learned quite a bit from Cohen's book, it also left me with quite a few unanswered questions: How was his marriage affected? What triggered episodes? I appreciated the clarity of Cohen's writing and his ability to describe both his anger over having the illness and the joys of being a husband and father.Coming to t [...]

    22. I have mixed feelings about this book. It was thought provoking and really made me look at myself and family and the time that we get to spend together. I really value all of it and would not trade anything for them but this book really had an angry/sad/mad tone to it. I understand that living with MS and multiple cancers it not a happy situation but this was not what I was expecting. I cringed when reading about how Richard would yell at his children and wife because of his heath issues. Again, [...]

    23. Richard Cohen has lived with multiple sclerosis for over 30 years. He chose not to be defined by it and to live each day as it comes. I think he managed to do just that until a second bout with colon cancer almost did him in physically as well as mentally. In the end as much as he would like to have lived a normal life, he wonders if he would have some of the same desirable attributes to his personality that having a chronic illness has given him. He is married to Meredith Viera and has three ch [...]

    24. I love this book. I have multiple sclerosis & had been searching for anything on the subject but particularly I wanted something that was honest & real, more of a memoir. I was going thru a particularly severe ms relapse when My husband happened to see Mr. Cohen on tv when he was talking about his new book Strong At The Broken Places. My husband went searching for Strong At The Broken Places & also found Blindsided of course he bought both books & surprised me with them. I was ho [...]

    25. Having just read the very last sentence I have tears in my eyes from the strong emotions I feel upon it's end. Words can't describe how well written and truly honest this book is.It will touch your heart and soul. This book will take you to places within your psyche that are so painful, gut wrenching and raw you will wonder how Richard could write in ways that you have always felt but were unable to put into words.I have MS and have read many books on the subject of living with a chronic illness [...]

    26. The first 3/4 of the book was excellent. A great insight into the challenges faced by an individual and their family in having to deal with a debilitating, chronic illness this case MS. Richard M. Cohen is to be admired for his coping and focusing on doing as much as he could, continuing ahead in the face of loss of functions of his body. Then to be faced with colon cancer twice. At this point, the book became very difficult to read. I'm sure without doubt that his life is a difficult life to li [...]

    27. An interesting read, especially for someone with a chronic illness. Although the author's illness is dissimilar in many ways to my own, the resulting situation is still much the same. Feelings of being less than whole, and the difficulty in coping with such a situation day in and day out. I found the book to be inspiring, especially as I seem to be starting out in my journey, and the author has been on this road for some 30 years and is raising children. A good read, both for understanding chron [...]

    28. As someone who suffers from a chronic illness herself, Richard Cohen echoes thoughts and feelings I myself have felt and stated. His memoirs travel through his life with multiple sclerosis while trying to hold a career and a family and details how he's had to make sacrifices along the way. It was interesting to see how I could relate to the author even though my diagnoses came decades later. It goes to show that no matter when the illness hits, we all share similar thoughts. It's a definite read [...]

    29. Richard Cohen, a man afflicted with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer, writes about his experiences dealing with illness with denial, anger, and finally acceptance. His frank honesty in dealing with multiple sclerosis since his diagnosis at 25 is inspiring and makes the average healthy individual thankful for everything he or she often takes for granted. His worry about passing the condition on to his children is painful as his worry about being a strong role model because of his physical limi [...]

    30. This is the memoir of Meredith Vieira's husband, who has battled MS for many years. This year marks the 10th anniversary of my sister-in-law's MS diagnosis, and I know the battle is a difficult and lonely one. One of those battles where a person tries many drug cocktail combinations to find the best possible combination, and then the symptoms change and you have to start all over again. A battle where the symptoms are devastating, but not always visible to others, so the person doesn't really se [...]

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