When Mitt and Ann Romney met in their late teens, a great American love story began. And their life together would be blessed: five healthy sons, financial security, and a home filled with joy. Despite the typical ups and downs, they had a storybook life. Then, in 1998, Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She couldn't believe it was real; there were no therapies or treatments to help her. Mitt told her that day that they would tackle the diagnosis as a team: They were in it together. "As long as it isn't fatal, we're fine. If you have to be in a wheelchair, I'll be right there to push it," he told her. And Ann thought, But I'll be the one in the wheelchair. A caregiver and helper her whole life, she'd crossed a terrible invisible line. She wouldn't be able to care for her family anymore. She was the patient. Ann and Mitt would face the most frightening and humbling experience of their lives.
From reflections on her early life, her marriage, and her diagnosis and recovery, the sources of her faith, and the stories of others who overcame adversity and inspired her to keep going, In This Together is a brave and deeply honest portrait of a family facing an unexpected blow, often in the most public of circumstances. "A lot of people talk about a transformation that happens when life throws you a curveball, and the big one in my life was my MS diagnosis. With all the blessings I've had, MS has been my greatest teacher: It has taught me about faith, compassion, and serving others. I've met many people along the way who've shared advice and demonstrated enormous resilience in the face of challenges; their stories gave me strength. In sharing my story, I want to give others hope as I've been given hope on this journey."
©2015 Ann Romney (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
Yes, because of the hope she gives everyone who has challenges and struggles
Ann is my favorite character because she shares some intimate thoughts with the reader
Yes, This one reveals more about Ann and her challenges. I also loved that she found a passion
This book is not just for those who have MS or any other health problem. She taught me that it's OK to say "that's all I can do." Then respect herself enough know that if we are not taking care of ourselves first, we can't help others.
NEVER GIVE UP.
IT WAS FROM THE HEART, IT MOVE ME EMOTIONALLY THROUGHT.
ANN HAS GIFT FOR SPEAKING.
CRY IS WHAT IT DID.
I WISH I NEW HER PERSONALLY.
It is a great book. listened on my walks and during my commute. I could not wait to go to work and the dogs got a lot of walking during the past few weeks.
I was recently diagnosed with Tumefactive MS and have been looking for places to go and what to do to be able to handle this disease. I am also a Mormon and have relied greatly on my faith. This book not only helped me feel that I wasn't in this alone but also gave great insight in what the future holds for me as a patient. I am so grateful that she took the opportunity to share her experience with me.
Ann's story is an encouragement for those of us who have a brain order disease and the encouragement to continue on with our lives and not give up. Faith and attitude will carry you forward on all that you do. Thanks for writing this book.
This book was inspirational, informative and just Real. I appreciated the openness in which Ann shared. It was balanced, uplifting and encouraging to hear her tell her story. She certainly didn't have to but she did. Thank you Ann Romney! I have great respect for her. I was personally diagnosed with MS 10 years ago. This was a Great read!
This book was wonderful. I loved every minute of it, and am sad it is over. I know some members of her family that absolutely adore her, and her book portrays what an amazing woman she is. I want her as my friend! And she gave me great insight into what it's like to live with MS. I have already purchased hard copies of this book for family members and can't wait to give them out!
I absolutely loved this book. Ann is one of the most inspirational, intelligent and wonderful people. Listening to her tell her story I felt like I was close to tears almost the whole time. I've recommended this book to tons of people already. It definitely inspired me to be a better, more involved, and loving person. My favorite quote "if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." I hope Ann will write more!
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