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- DescriptionWith a foreword by Janis H. Winehouse. </p> Short-listed for The International Rubery Book Award 2015. </p> If Bridget Jones had MS, this would be her diary - The MS Society. </p> The value of the Stumbling in Flats blog ... it opens so many avenues of support and understanding, t only to the sufferer, but to the family, the friends ... so that they will understand what it's like to walk through treacle - Janis H. Winehouse.</p> Social media is an increasingly important way for people affected by MS to get support, information and inspiration. Barbara's writing offers all of this plus a winning sense of humour - a vital ingredient in living well with MS. - The MS Trust</p> From running in heels to stumbling in flats - one day in 2011, Barbara woke up unable to speak properly, walk in a straight line or stay awake for longer than a few hours. She didn't kw it then, but that day was to change her life forever. In 2012, she was diagsed with multiple sclerosis (MS). </p> She began blogging at www.stumblinginflats.com to show the day-to-day reality of living with MS, a teenager and a cat, in amongst coping with a rapidly-disappearing career, late-night pity-parties-for-one, discrimination in the workplace and adjusting to a whole new life with MS. </p> She's unflinchingly honest in her portrayal and exploration of this strange new world, where the McDonald criteria are longer a way of judging French Fries but a tick-list for an MS diagsis. Alongside scans, blood tests, a lumbar puncture and medication, she battles with The Teenager (school uniform angst, an undying devotion to pizza) and life in general (facing 40, a n-existent fitness regime, chocolate). </p> After two years of blogging she has w collated a large selection into a book. She's also corrected her appalling spelling and grammar mistakes along the way. </p> In coming to terms with her diagsis, she discovers she's actually pretty strong and can definitely see the funny side to a serious illness. </p> You've read the misery-memoirs, w read the book that will leave you with a smile on your face.
- Author BiographyBarbara was born in Glasgow way back in the 1970's and moved to South Wales when she was 14. </p> She has lived and worked in Austria, Scandinavia, New York and Hawaii in jobs as varied as au-pair, translator, homoeopath and clinic receptionist. </p> Barbara was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2012 and was subsequently unfairly dismissed from her job. She started blogging about life with MS the same year at www.stumblinginflats.com; the blog is now read in over 100 countries. She is currently working for a friend's company and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing. She still has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up. </p> When not hanging around doctor's waiting rooms or having blood tests, she enjoys attempting to perfect the anguished-writer persona in cafes where she scribbles nonsense in her notepad and ponders life. </p> She lives in Cardiff with her son, The Teenager and a cat.</p>
- Author(s)Barbara A. Stensland
- Date of Publication01/02/2015
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Place of PublicationWorthing
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight404 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine21 mm
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