“I woke up and couldn’t move my legs. From the waist down I was completely numb and I was very scared,” wrote Kristie Salerno Kent in her new book, “Dreams: My Journey with Multiple Sclerosis.”
Just reading that sentence, “I woke up and couldn’t move my legs”, whether you have multiple sclerosis (MS) or no, helps you to feel what she must have felt that morning. If you do have MS, being able to read her thoughts and feelings about this disease is like she was in your head.
Kent tells her story so candidly that you can’t help but to hope the end of ‘this’ part of her journey ends well and, when she shares the ups and downs, you admire her for her strength, nod in recognition of her denials and finally smile about her using her talent as an MS ambassador.
She allows us to see how her life was before and after the diagnosis, letting us see the strong desire she had for dancing and singing and how fear had shaped much of her world at the onset of her symptoms.
Fear and denial is a very unhealthy combination and Kent was able to share how this cocktail snaked its way into her daily life and how she was finally able to throw it away.
Even after her diagnosis, Kent found her issues with denial had her blaming her symptoms on other things, saying, “I spent the next three years pretending everything was all right, even as the numbness in my hands, feet and torso persisted. I’d have difficulty bending my fingers and toes, and sometimes the pins and needles sensation was quite painful.”
“By now, I was a true expert at hiding it,” she continued.
Through out the pages, she is able to reflect on her past in such a way that you can understand how important it is to not let your dreams die. The old ‘where there is a will, there is a way’ adage could’ve been penned with Kristie Salerno Kent in mind.
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