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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Demos (1 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888799684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888799682
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,386,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ReaderWriter on 30 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
Life on Cripple Creek is a rare gem of a book. The cover synopsis suggests a series of essays on the emotional side of living with MS. In itself, this would be a valuable addition to the mass of literature on the disease. However, it doesn’t mention what I think is the most important use for this book: It’s a book to lend to your friends.
Sounds trivial? Not to me. Dean has produced the ideal book for this purpose. As well as being well written and humorous, it’s friendly, warm and highly readable. There’s no list of symptoms or obscure medical terms, just the descriptions of events that have happened to Dean, described with an ironic humour. By the end of the book, she’s documented many common symptoms of MS, but without alarming her readers.
Reviewer has had MS for 10 years and continues to search for useful information on the disease and its impact on sufferers.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Frances on 10 Oct. 2003
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The name of the book tends to put you off as, I for one, do not want to see myself as a cripple. It is however brilliant. It is one of the only publications that described the cognitive problems associated with MS, which are one of my major symptoms, brilliantly. Her writing is superb as she describes the many reactions of friends to situations and symptoms. A very funny book that I could totally relate to.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ReaderWriter on 29 July 2007
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Life on Cripple Creek is a rare gem of a book. The cover synopsis suggests a series of essays on the emotional side of living with MS. In itself, this would be a valuable addition to the mass of literature on the disease. However, it doesn't mention what I think is the most important use for this book: It's a book to lend to your friends.
Sounds trivial? Not to me. Dean has produced the ideal book for this purpose. As well as being well written and humorous, it's friendly, warm and highly readable. There's no list of symptoms or obscure medical terms, just the descriptions of events that have happened to Dean, described with an ironic humour. By the end of the book, she's documented many common symptoms of MS, but without alarming her readers.
Reviewer has had MS for 10 years and continues to search for useful information on the disease and its impact on sufferers.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
So helpful words cannot express 4 Jun. 2003
By Susan Kay - Published on Amazon.com
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There are no words that can express how this book helped me. I have had MS for over 30 years and so often felt I was the only one who felt like I do. This book was so helpful I have sent one to each of our four grown children so maybe now they will understand why their mom is the way she is. As Dean says in the book & I have heard so often and for so many years, but you look so good. Thank you Dean you have made my life so much more understandable to not only friend's family but also me. I will treasure this book always. Susan
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A wry yet practical look at dealing with reality 9 Feb. 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an incurable and often painful disease in which the body's immune system periodically attacks the body itself. Very highly recommended reading, 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. From selecting shoes that don't aggravate MS-based pain, yet don't look like something a geriatric person would wear; to dilemmas in dating; to reacting quickly to the threat of a hornet's nest; the essays comprising Life On Cripple Creek collectively provide the reader with an individual testimony, a moving memoir, and a wry yet practical look at dealing with reality and making the most out of life.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
What A Great Book by a fantastic lady! 21 Dec. 2002
By Kathy Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dean Kramer is a true inspiration to all! A great book I would reccomend it to anyone effected by MS!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A must read for people with MS and those who love them 8 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a collection of essays that you can take in little bites or devour all at once. It's so well written that a writer friend of mine asked to borrow it to model a book she's working on after it!
As for me, I laughed and I cried. I have had MS for a year and I love the reality of this book. It's neither doom and gloom nor is it a sugar coated "Hey, you can do it" kind of book. It's a real life peek into someone's life who is coping with the realities of MS. It is always helpful to know that you're not alone in life's challenges, that we can meet the challenges and triumphs of each new day with humor and honesty. Dean Kramer writes with honesty and openness. I found the book a comfort and wish I had more like it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
just what I needed 18 Jun. 2006
By Regina S. Kestian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book made me laugh and also made me cry seeing myself in many of the same situations.This is a book that everyone that has MS or has a family member that has MS should read.
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