by Amelia Davis
Ameila Davis is a documentary photographer, diagnosed with MS in 1998.
Though titled "My Story", this book is really "their stories". In this book, she uses her trained eye to illustrate 32 essays personally portraying the lives of men and women with Multiple Sclerosis.
They range from 17 to 70, across a spectrum of ethnicities, genders, occupations, socio-economic backgrounds and family circumstances.
Through her book, Amelia captures the unique approach each person has used to frame their chronic disease with, not only a positive attitude, but with a positive approach to life.
She also includes the caregivers ... those frequently forgotten in the struggle with MS and all chronic disease.
Her essays help others to see, through the stories of real people, the different possible treatments and therapies and the techniques for coping (such as exercise, yoga, creative activities and competitive sports).
Her photographs capture the people behind these essays, putting a real face, a personal face, on what is often discussed in impersonal, clinical terms. You don't just read their story; you are drawn into a human connection with them.
This is a book to buy and read. And it is also a book to buy and display, a coffee table book.
Discussing MS with friends and family can be difficult. Chronic disease can create a "distance", a separate. This book can help to bridge that gap.
As someone picks up this book to browse and becomes captured by the photographs, it can crack the door to an open conversation about MS, about what it means and about how lives continue after diagnosis.
About the Author
Amelia Davis is a freelance photographer who has shown her work in fine art galleries, universities, and at medical symposia. Her photographs have been published in literary and art magazines and in textbooks. Her first book, The First Look, (U. of Illinois, 2000) received the Sixteenth Annual Susan Koppelman Award for editing, and was selected by the AAUP Book and Jacket Show as one of the best designed books of 2000. Amelia, who lives in San Francisco, was diagnosed with MS in 1998.
Amelia's photography website is www.AmeliaDavisPhotography.com
My Story can be purchased from Amazon.com.
Multiple Sclerosis Pages On My Site
Multiple Sclerosis Links and Resources: A boatload of links. Wazillions of links. And a few more. But . . . Even though there are many links here, these are not all the links. Be sure to check the other sections for the specialty links. ««»»
General Medical Sites and Other Resources: Not specifically related to Multiple Sclerosis, but offering general medical information. Many feature search engines to locate Multiple Sclerosis information or Multiple Sclerosis sections within their site. ««»»
Guest Article: Social Security and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Applying for Social Security Disability with Multiple Sclerosis: A guest article by John Dowling, the Senior editor of Social Security Disability Help. ««»»
Guest Article: Stem Cells Showing Great Promise in Remyelinization: A guest article by Daryl Clayton Kennedy. ««»»
A Measure of Time - My Life With MS: This book by Lauren Singer is available directly from the author. This page on my site provides a tiny amount of publicity for this book. By the way, her dog is named Fred Huggins. ««»»
As for Tomorrow I Cannot Say: 33 Years with Multiple Sclerosis: I review this book by Diana Neutze. ««»»
Life on Cripple Creek - essays on Living with Multiple Sclerosis: I review this book by Dean Kramer. ««»»
My Story: A Photographic essay on Life with Multiple Sclerosis: I review this book by Amelia Davis. ««»»
When the Road Turns - Inspirational Stories About People with MS: I review this book by Margot Russell. ««»»
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