No More Secs!
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About the Book
When 44-year-old Ann Pietrangelo is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, all previous assumptions about health, work, and her new romance are up for grabs.
How do you plan for life’s second half with a body you’ve never met before? One precarious step at a time. From the impersonal diagnosis by email to a wedding presided over by a funeral director, this is no tragic tale of woe. Like relapsing/remitting MS itself, the book alternates between the serious (“When I turn toward him, there’s a big hole where his right cheek should be.”) and the silly (“The bocce balls don't get out much.”).
This poignant and often humorous story of acceptance and change relies on a basic truth – good health and life are fleeting, but love and humor trump all. Every second matters, a point driven home by yet another life-altering diagnosis.
About the Author
Making peace with multiple sclerosis, surviving triple-negative breast cancer, and continuing to pursue a career as a freelance writer...well, let's just say she's fairly stubborn and has a well-developed sense of humor.
Ann is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She and her husband, Jim, are partners in WebCamp One, LLC, a full-service website development and content creation company. Their philosophy is a simple one: LIVE while you're here and give back when you can.
When they're not working or hanging out with their cat, Smokey, Jim and Ann can be found strolling the neighborhood or exploring their adopted city of Williamsburg, Virginia. Their adult children are scattered around the country, so there's almost always a road trip on the calendar. Ann enjoys volunteering her time to such worthwhile organizations as Beyond Boobs! and the National MS Society. Jim and Ann are proud members of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
"Where the road leads, for now, is a mystery. I'm just grateful to be on the road." -- Ann Pietrangelo
A Few Words from the Author
“No More Secs! may strike a chord if you’ve got multiple sclerosis, or love someone who does. Still, it is only my story, not your story, and certainly not THE story of MS. Oh, and it’s not all about MS either. Really. That’s because life marches on whether we feel up to it or not. Mine sure did and, whether or not I’m ready, it keeps on marching. At its heart, this is a love story. Romantic love. Love of family. Love of life.
If you take a leap of faith and give No More Secs! a read, it is my sincere hope you come away from it on a positive note. Then I’ll know I’ve done good.”
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Readers Favorite says, “Pietrangelo shares her story with candor and often humor … Pietrangelo shares the highs and lows of living with MS. I would describe her as courageous, loving, and a fighter. Her personality shines through in this tale … This book will offer hope, courage and insight to others living with Multiple Sclerosis … Ann’s story is one of realism; MS is not the only battle she has faced. Yet she ends her book with these words, “I am alive. Gloriously alive! I am functioning and loved … and yes, I still have many more stories to tell.”
Snippets from our Mailbox
"It was a delightful read…Hope you will continue to write, but please don't feel it necessary to develop any new illnesses to have a topic. You could write about grass growing and make it a good read…Thank you for letting me shed a few tears and smiling in between."
"I feel like I am sometimes reading my own thoughts while reading your book. I was just diagnosed with MS about 3 weeks ago. Thank you for having a voice."
"I live in South Africa. I have just finished reading your book "No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis." WOW! I just could not believe that there is actually someone out there who KNOWS how it feels to have this dreadful MS! I wish that I could have read this book back when I was dx - it would most definitely have made a huge difference in my life! All I can say is: Thank you for sharing! I wish that all my friends and family could read this book, so that they can see that I'm not "faking." To me it's a very "lonely" disease, for most of family members and friends just don't get it. So from the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU!"
"I ran across your Triple Negative [Breast Cancer] blog while researching TNBC. I downloaded your book on my Kindle, and even though I intended to read it during my chemo sessions, I read it all immediately upon download! You are so easy to relate to -- good book!"
"Your book is great! My Kindle version is full of highlights and notes, as so much of it resonates deeply."
"What a nice book. I laughed, I cried, I connected to you in a way I've connected with no one else. It was so nice to know I'm not alone."
“Finished your book “No More Secs!” this morning. It’s a great read about coping with the unexpected events in our lives. Your writing drew me in and I couldn’t put it down.”
“Ann, just finished reading your book on my patio last night. Congrats on a terrific job. ... I know this will help others who are living with MS and feel so alone out there.”
“Wow! A must read for me.”
“It is a lovely love story, well written, full of information too.”
“I received and downloaded your book. ... I’m so curious about your story I had to make myself put it down…”
“For MSers it’s a must read! I saw parallels between our lives.”
“I found myself able to relate even though we have completely different disorders. The questions you ask of yourself and your abilities are similar to those I have asked myself.”
“I have a dear friend that was recently diagnosed with MS and will definitely be recommending your book to her.”
“Here’s to those of us who just keep on keepin’ on, whatever the circumstances!”
“Thank you for putting into words what those of us with MS feel!”
“I want to thank you so much for putting your heart and soul into your book. I can’t stop reading it. ... [Now] I do not feel so alone with this disease or think I have gone crazy with some things that come along with MS.”
“Ann, you inspire all of us. Keep on writing.”
"If you have MS or know someone with MS please read this book."