As a Multiple Sclerosis patient, it has become necessary for me to reinvent myself. I have ... and continue to ... refuse to lie down and die, or in this case, follow the normally prescribed drugs and treatments that do nothing to defeat my disease. I am not only surviving by pursuing alternatives, I am thriving. I do the things specialists told me I would never be able to do. I walk and hope to one day even run regularly. I retain my cognitive and creative abilities for the pleasure of my readers. Although you may never see me on my daily walk, you are welcome to read my novel(s) and in doing so, come to ask yourself, "How can the 'out of the box' protocol she has followed, help my loved one with an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis?"

Simply from Scratch by Alicia Bessette

This Women’s Fiction novel was not a book that I plowed through, reading it in one sitting. I took the time to consider the differences and similarities in Zell’s mourning process and my own. Granted when we mourn, we all traverse each of the five stages of the mourning process. And believe it or not, we all travel at a different rate and often in a different order across the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

I enjoyed Zell’s “widow style,” wondering if I could pull off khaki green or if I would look like the loved one I mourned. I enjoyed the unexpected friendships Ms. Bessette introduced. (No, I won’t introduce them here.)

In Simply from Scratch, Zell seems to stay longer in a stage of depressed denial than I have. Mind you, Ms. Bassette’s writing is not depressing. It is carefully crafted to include just the right mixture of humor and warmth with a generous dose of hope. Take the time and travel with Zell. Find pleasure in the little things, for one day they might be gone. Of course it never hurts to hope.

If reading is your pleasure…if you have ever had a friendship that spanned the participant’s years of experience… if you have ever lost one you love… read and enjoy.

This novel does not contain gratuitous sex or violence—just a scrumptious recipe with a ‘pinch of love.’
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