Motor Neurone Disease: A Family Affair (Overcoming Common Problems) Paperback – 24 Mar 2006
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Motor neurone disease affects the nerves that control the muscles of the body. A diagnosis of MND can be very frightening, but the good news is that we now know more about MND than ever before, thanks to advances in care and research. Dr David Oliver's book shows how much can be done to help someone with the disease live their life to the full. Dr Oliver spells out what the disease is, what the doctors will do, and how to cope with the difficulties. This new edition also examines possible dietary factors in causing the disease, the latest on benefits, and up to date thinking on drug trials. He shows how to treat not just the physical effects but also the emotional ones for the whole family. Dr Oliver also explains the vital role of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
About the Author
Dr David Oliver is Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director at the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester, Kent. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, and Visiting Professor at the University of Zagreb, in Croatia. Closely involved in the care of people with MND, in 2003 he was awarded the Humanitarian Award from the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations.
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Having said all that, the author clearly has excellent insight into the emotional issues surrounding MND sufferers and their families (including children) at every stage of the disease. He gives clear and frank advice encouraging sharing fears and feelings as much as possible and with good reasons why this is the best way to cope with difficult emotional issues. The description he gives on the symptoms and progression of MND is also excellent and still very relevant. He does this sensitively but without avoiding difficult topics that patients and families may be afraid to ask about.
I would still recommend this book to anyone seeking information about what it may be like to live with MND and what lifestyle changes may be necessary as the disease progresses. Useful for sufferers, families & friends and healthcare professionals.
The author of this book Dr David Oliver is my dad's consultant and on introduction, he gave us a copy of this book to read.
As a family we have all read the book, going back to different chapters as more questions arise. The book goes straight to the point without all the professional jargon associated with medical literature.
Having got to know David Oliver over the last year, both at home visits, the hospice and now the nursing home where my dad resides, as I read the book, it is Dr Oliver himself talking to us as a family, explaining things in his soft gentle manner.
I would urge anyone who is affected by this terrible disease to purchase this book. Yes it will make you cry when you read and realise what is happening and what will happen in the future as a sufferer or a family member, however the way it has been written also offers much comfort.