Seaweed #2

I just finished reading Blindsided : Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir, by Richard Cohen. While it is hard to read such a painfully truthful narrative about life with multiple sclerosis, it is comforting somehow to see some of my own struggles reflected in the words of another. Cohen has MS far worse than I do, though some of our symptoms are similar, and on top of it all, he had to deal with two bouts of colon cancer. At one point, when he thought he could not take any more, he went to visit a former colleague, who was trapped in a wheelchair with a body that had been rendered immobile due to advanced MS, as a sort of perspective check. So, too, I found that my own difficulties were put into perspective after reading about Cohen, who has lived through far more trying situations than I have. It is a tough story, but very well told and with deep insights. There are quite a few passages underlined in my copy


Author: stephen

stephen harris is a writer, painter and a photographer who lives with his family in maine.

2 thoughts on “Seaweed #2”

  1. So many different paths, certainly not one for everyone. Cohen’s journey is compelling–like watching a train wreck in slow motion. He finds positive motivation in denial, anger, and his personal war.

    For me, a personal war is far too much negative chi. In our culture, fighting disease is much admired. Perhaps, Cohen

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