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Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir

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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 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.

Review:

"Blindsided is beautifully written and utterly honest. May we all be so brave and caring in our own families." Tom Brokaw

Review:

"I cannot remember ever being more profoundly moved by any book I have ever read....Don?t miss this book." Beverly Sills

Review:

"[Blindsided] paints an incredibly sharp picture of what it is like to live passionately — with joy, love, and anger." Dr. Harold Varmus, President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Former Director, National Institutes of Health

Review:

"With aplomb and high character [Cohen] lays out?lessons in unflappable prose....A sharp and affecting piece of perspective-setting." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A powerful and agonizingly frank description of a life with which many chronically ill people and their families will identify." Library Journal (Starred Review)

About the Author

Richard M. Cohen is a former senior producer for CBS News and CNN, a three-time Emmy Award winner, and the recipient of numerous honors in journalism. He is a contributor to the "Health and Fitness" section of the New York Times and lives with his family outside New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060014094
Subtitle:
Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir
Author:
Cohen, Richard
Author:
Cohen, Richard M.
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Multiple sclerosis
Subject:
Diseases - Nervous System (incl. Brain)
Subject:
Patients
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Medical - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
2300-13
Publication Date:
20040130
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.94x5.28x.95 in. .77 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060014094 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Blindsided is beautifully written and utterly honest. May we all be so brave and caring in our own families."
"Review" by , "I cannot remember ever being more profoundly moved by any book I have ever read....Don?t miss this book."
"Review" by , "[Blindsided] paints an incredibly sharp picture of what it is like to live passionately — with joy, love, and anger." Dr. Harold Varmus, President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Former Director, National Institutes of Health
"Review" by , "With aplomb and high character [Cohen] lays out?lessons in unflappable prose....A sharp and affecting piece of perspective-setting."
"Review" by , "A powerful and agonizingly frank description of a life with which many chronically ill people and their families will identify."
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