Life Interrupted, it's not all about me" is without a doubt the best book I have ever read that depicts the challenges of a persons first reaction to hearing the news they are no longer going to be able to do the things they love doing and have done all their lives....run, jump, walk, swim, ride a bike, drive, see, write, feel, and enjoy life as others do. That is like a slap in the face to anyone, but Chris puts his experience down that path in a manner that everyone can relate, disabled or not.
~ RSD Coach Marla Martinson
This book is a "must read" for anyone living with a chronic illness. Understanding the dynamics of how a relationship can be either enhanced or ruined by couples facing this crisis, is very important. From a carefree youth, to finding acceptance of a life-altering illness, Chris has managed to give us his strategies to avoid the pitfalls. It was a hard learned lesson that we can all learn from.
~ Trudy Thomas, Inspiring Book
I read your book while I was sick in bed dependent on my husband to give me medicine and remind me to eat and drink. I realized how sweetly and gently he does that. I also realized the way I reacted to him. After reading your book, Life Interrupted, It's Not All about Me, I saw so much of myself in the anger part of being sick. He always bore the brunt of my anger and frustration. This last exacerbation of this illness that plagues me has been different because of you. Thank you for writing this book. Thank you for opening your heart, the good, the bad and ugly.
I am the spouse of a man living with MS. This book opened my eyes to a lot of feelings my husband deals with but also helped me deal with emotions I have as well. Before reading this book I knew that we have a strong marriage. I now realize how fragile that can be when a chronic illness lives with you day in and day out. The author has opened my eyes to many pitfalls that can be avoided by good communication and paying attention to your partner's perspective. I am thankful that the author was willing to share his journey in order to help others. Definitely a must read.
~ Vivian Schaffers
I was touched by the honesty of such a humble man, one who is courageous enough to let the world read about his struggles with his disability, and how God is using this experience to change his life and the lives of others
~ Sue Celluce
Special Needs educator
A real person, speaking right from the heart, and it touched my heart.
~ Rick Mansfield Caring Coordinator, The First Congregational Church
~Mary Jo Fortes
I just wanted to let you know that I heard you speak at McLean's this week and I was moved, touched, and inspired by you! Thank you so much for coming to speak for the DBSA organization--it was a life-altering experience for me and I can't wait to read your book, which I bought on the spot.
As someone who has struggled with chronic pain from a neurological disorder, as well as suffered from the debilitation of a severe mental illness, for decades, I could relate to a lot of what you said--especially the significant mistakes that I have made in my 21-year relationship. We separated 4 years ago, only to reconcile after 6 months but we still live apart. I know this is because I can be "too much to handle." I hope that reading your book and trying to aspire to your positive outlook will help mend the bridges I have burned over the years.
What made the most impact on me is when you said that you believe that you are better off now than before you had MS---that just astounded me! I hope to get to that point in my life, as well.
I wish you all the best and look forward to reading your book. Thank you again for having such a positive impact on me by sharing your experience!!
~Mary Jo Fortes