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31-Year Multiple Sclerosis Survivor Shares about Managing MS in New Book

Added: (Fri Mar 16 2012)

Pressbox (Press Release) - GLENDALE, AZ–In her goal to help others suffering with multiple sclerosis, Debbie Petrina gets up close and personal when she shares her experiences and practical information on this illness in her debut book, Managing MS: Straight Talk from a Thirty-One-Year Survivor. This newly released publication provides commonsense help in managing and understanding MS for all persons dealing with this chronic, neurological condition.

The author offers her judgment and tips on a wide array of topics, such as symptoms, people management, and other issues such as long-term disability in a “what you should know, what you can do about it” format. The book has been endorsed by health care professionals in different fields and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is planning to do a web profile on her this summer.

Petrina states, “It is a knowledge and a support tool. To survive Multiple Sclerosis, both knowledge and support are required.” Over 400,000 persons in the U.S. have MS. But when others are counted who also live or work with this incurable disease over decades of time--family, friends, and health professionals—the number of people dealing with MS is in the millions.

A review by author Lynn Franklin says “Ms. Petrina explores the psychological as well as physical aspects of the disease and offers practical steps for handling both. Despite the disease attacking her body from within, she found ways to take control of her life and shares all this in a well-written, easy-to-read book. Chapters are clear and well laid-out. This book is a must-read for anyone dealing with MS. I also highly recommend it to people diagnosed with any chronic disease. The insights contained in this book will help you, too, become a survivor.”

Debbie Petrina has faced a battle in living with the disease; even so, she continues to live and enjoy her life. In this inspiring account, she shares her personal experiences with MS and how she deals with the disease’s devastating effects. For those who might have MS, have been diagnosed with MS, work with MS patients, or have a family member or friend dealing with the disease, Petrina offers guidance with some humor and much candor.

This book is available in all formats and can be purchased online at Amazon.com and BarnsAndNoble.com. Book excerpts and her weekly articles can be viewed on www.DebbieMS.com

About the Author:
During the years she lived with MS, Debbie Petrina spoke to thousands of persons affected by MS on her own and as a trained peer counselor and speaker for the National MS Society. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1976 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Petrina learned the ropes in managing her life as she journeyed through motherhood, career changes, moving across the country, and having to live on her own for three years while in a wheelchair. Currently residing in Glendale, AZ, she is an avid reader, volunteer, and swimmer; her ability to effectively manage her MS enables her to enjoy travelling with her husband and beloved dog Bear in their accessible RV. Contact: 602-504-3668 or dpetrina@cox.net

Submitted by:Debbie Petrina
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