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Publisher's Summary

Illness came calling when Richard M. Cohen was twenty-five years old. A young television news producer with expectations of a limitless future, his foreboding that his health was not quite right turned into the harsh reality that something was very wrong when diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For thirty years, Cohen has done battle with MS only to be ambushed by two bouts of colon cancer at the end of the millennium. And yet, he has written a hopeful book about celebrating life and coping with chronic illness.

"Welcome to my world," writes Cohen, "where I carry around dreams, a few diseases, and the determination to live life my way."

Autobiographical at its roots, reportorial, and expansive, Blindsided explores the effects of illness on raising three children and on his relationship with wife, Meredith Vieira (host of The View and the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?). Cohen tackles the nature of denial and resilience, the ins and outs of the struggle for emotional health, and the redemptive effects of a loving family. And while dealing with illness is not the way he chose to live his life, it did choose him.

©2003 Richard Cohen (P)2003 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"In this wrenching memoir, he tells how he has for the past 30 years succeeded in his determination to 'cope and to hope'." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ultimately, his is a story of overcoming adversity and not being beaten by it: a traditional-enough theme for a book, perhaps, but still an important one, if told in the right way. It is here." (Booklist)
"Within [Cohen] retains that miraculous strength all humans have....Blindsided is a powerful memoir, tough in the way Cohen's old news bosses would have wanted it to be tough. It doesn't flinch and it doesn't whine. Its tone is more of self-horror than of self-pity." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Jason
  • hawkesbury, ON, Canada
  • 01-06-05

Couldn't stop listening...

I tend to be quite critical and harsh when it comes to book reviews. But, I have to say that I adored this book. Maybe it is because I have ms and that this is the first ms-related book I have read (or listened to). But, I was simply unable to stop listening until the book was over. I enjoyed seeing how someone else with ms lived and dealt with situations that I have dealt with or that I will perhaps deal with in the future (even if ms is a very variable disease that affects everyone differently and even if the way I would react to a similar situation might be completely different)



If you have ms, another chronic illness or if you simply enjoy a book that can give one perspective on life (and how lucky someone who has their health truly is) or even if you enjoy biographies I do recommend this book.

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  • John
  • Carrollton, TX, USA
  • 12-15-05

BLINDSIDED (ANABRIDGED

As a sufferer myself with MS for ten years, I heartily endorse Richard's view of his journey with the disease - and his attitude with having the array of difficult to descibe symptoms. I used to say, "God is a Jokester to people with Multiple Sclerosis - Sometimes sHe will say " Let's give the patient, oh, I don't know... Urinary incontenence... or maybe some double vision..." Most of all, I loved how Richard described the incipient, almost imperceptible changes in cognition that MS sufferers endure silently. The dream he has at the very end of the book is classic - I have had that very same dream many many times -- I dare say that every MS sufferer has been bestowed that same vision from time to time.

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Enlightening

As a person with Multiple Sclerosis and a breast cancer survivor this book was a breath of fresh air. The strength he possesses and the support of his family is wonderful. I know I would not kmow what to do with out mine. God Bless.

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  • Barbara
  • Buzzards Bay, MA, United States
  • 08-18-07

Blindsided(unabridged)

As a person who also has M.S., it was a shock to listen to a book that hit the nail on the head so accurately in regards to M.S. I found this book a great comfort for me and feel it provides a very comprehensive overvue of the symptoms of M.S., the emotional effects on the patient,the family and peer group of the patient. The colon cancer issue is one that I can not personally speak about, but I'm sure that it is also equally as accurate. I recommend this book very highly...it is a must read! (or I should say a must hear as the case is here).

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Sadly realistic!

I felt like I was reading excerpts from my own life. Very thoughtfully, but realistically done. As an MS living person of 32 years (I refuse to call myself a victim-denial!), I deal with so much of what Mr Cohen dies daily, though I live alone except for weekends. MS can certainly make our lives interesting, comical, and sometimes tearful. Let's all keep on keeping on! 🙃

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An Inspiring Testament...

to the powers and resiliency of the human spirit! If you loved Michael J. Fox's LUCKY MAN, you must read BLINDSIDED, a very personal account of Richard M. Cohen's fortitude in the face of MS and, most recently, two bouts of colon cancer. Celebrity sickness books can be tedious or self-indulgent, but BLINDSIDED is not about celebrity, or even about illness. It is about human dignity and refusing to give up that dignity when life offers you something considerably less palatable than strawberries and cheesecake.

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Blindsided

Where does Blindsided rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks very high in the books I have listened to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I also have MS. Listening to the book made me realize that other people have the same issues that I have. This is a book for not just people with MS but also for Care-givers. It is a well written book.

Any additional comments?

Worth listening to.

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Brilliant!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Richard shows, without morbidity, the reality of living with chronic illness, not only for the person with it, but for the people who live with the person with it.

What did you like best about this story?

He is honest about his feelings and feelings of those around him. He is not a victim! He is merely on a journey of BE-ing with himself.

What about Richard Cohen’s performance did you like?

Honesty

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  • Pat
  • Freeport, IL, USA
  • 08-18-09

i have ms and cancer also

I been watching for this book but now I scratched my right eye and can't read and I was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy there was Richard's book, I have had breast cancer twice within a year apart while i was trying to get out of a wheelchair the first time, I was the first ms/cancer patient at cancer center in my town. But i started crying when I saw Richard's book because right now I can't read and I got to download one book for free and I picked his right off the bat. It's such a good book and is mostly how I feel right down to depression. but now I walk, I drive, I have a small hours job with a major ins. company that have been totally great about my MS. I am stubborn to the core. But Richard you have had a worse road than me but you are an advocate just like i am thank you much for allowing this book on audible. I LOVE IT!!
Pat,the Brat Cofacilitator of MS support group and advocate for my neurologist at his seminars.

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Very honest account of his journey.

This was different than I expected. it is a very honest account of the physical and psychological struggle he experiences.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-17

suffering from ms

a very strong insite in how to cope with multiple sclerosis,would recommend if you or you know someone who is effected by this illness.