Often those with MS are considered disabled or 'crippled,' a previously defamed word that Kramer tries to place in a new light. Far from being crippled, she is a magician, turning essays into inspiration. Any person affected by a disease that has created mental or physical change should open this book; the pages will magically fly by."" -- Foreword ""Always enlightening, insightful, and often humorous as well, Kramer takes readers through what most would consider to be mundane tasks such as shopping or housekeeping. Mundane, that is, to anyone not living with a chronic illness that can change from day to day...Kramer's ability to present her reality, unvarnished, makes it a book you can't put down."" -- About.com ""Life On Cripple Creek: Essays On Living with Multiple Sclerosis is a profound, heartfelt, touching memoir by essayist and journalist Dean Kramer of the matter-of-fact daily trials of living with MS."" -- Midwest Book Review ...a number of essays on living with multiple sclerosis written by a gal who's been there...It's a survivor's guide, a road map into the unknown, a very special look at a very brave and articulate person. If you know someone who has this sneakiest of diseases, let them and their caregivers read your copy - they'll then know they aren't alone."" -- The Courier Gazette ""Kramer's peaceful and easily readable book will be meaningful to both the disabled and able-bodied reader."" -- Curve ""...a fellow MSer with enough perspective on her disease to see humor in the midst of the falls, fears and embarrassments we now call life . -- New Mobility ""... Dean Kramer allows us to peek inside the windows of her rustic home in rural Pennsylvania and share a day in her life with a chronic illness. We follow her to the raspberry patch; we ride across the great expanse on her scooter; we laugh with her as she struggles to flee a swarm of bees. And what we come away with at the end of the day transforms us: Life's lessons are learned from the way we are being, and not necessarily from what we are doing. And when we keep our eyes wide open, what may seem ordinary can become our greatest gift."" -- Margot Russell, author of ""When the Road Turns""
About the Author
Dean Kramer writes a monthly column for MSWorld, Inc. called Life on Cripple Creek , and has been widely published as an essayist. She has received journalistic recognition for her sensitive essays on the plight of Haitian farm workers in Pennsylvania, has written lyrics for an Off-Broadway musical on the life of Will Rogers, written articles about the training of dogs who assist the disabled, and has written for both commercial and documentary film. Her work on the documentary film """"Me"""" earned her a Golden Eagle award from the American Cine Society. Life on Cripple Creek is her first collection of essays.