Morowitz’s debut memoir begins with his diagnosis of primary progressive multiple sclerosis and chronicles his management of the disease.
Morowitz received the news of his MS and quickly decided to take a “kitchen sink defense,” throwing every feasible treatment at the disease. The initial stages were difficult due to his shock, deteriorating condition, and complications in scheduling doctors’ appointments. After a bumpy start, Morowitz found a doctor he liked, began a new diet, and started walking every day. One of the lowest points for him came when he fell trying to take in the trash cans. Unable to easily get up and with no one around, he struggled until he could stand enough to use the trash can as support to get back inside. He ended up with a sprained ankle, which, in turn, led to his beginning physical therapy. The physical therapy helped immensely, and Morowitz began to zealously explore alternative exercises, such as Pilates and yoga. He thoroughly investigated various vitamins and medications that could help improve his condition. Much of the information provided by Morowitz is accessible and useful for coping with MS, particularly for someone who has received a recent diagnosis. The narrative unfolds straightforwardly, and Morowitz’s voice is sincere—he has a clear desire to assist others who are grappling with MS. Occasionally, the prose sags with medical jargon or the repetition of Morowitz’s treatments or activities. The chapters about the MS society and two medical presentations are the driest and lack the intimacy that warms other chapters. The author notes he isn’t selling a precise path; instead, he encourages readers to play an active role in their own care.
A candid, personable account of one man coping with MS.