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Document Typology: Book
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Me and my shadow
Name of author(s): Carole Mackie
Name of publisher: Aurum Press Ltd,1999 ISBN
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
It is 1991 and Carole Mackie is on top of the world: 23 years old, in Rio on the job of her dreams as a British Airways stewardess, with a boyfriend she loves dearly. Two weeks later, she is flown home in a wheelchair; after extensive tests multiple sclerosis is diagnosed.
Struggling to come to terms with this devastating blow, Carole flies to Finland where her boyfriend.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Carole Mackie was a 22-year-old, happy-go-lucky flight attendant whose life centered around the quality of her tan and the joys of driving her gleaming new Jeep when she suddenly lost all feeling from the shoulders down.
The perplexing process of tests and more tests that characterize a diagnosis of MS followed, and she experienced increasingly terrifying symptoms. MS was only the first in a series of crushing personal losses. Yet through these travails, Ms. Mackie deepened her self-knowledge.
Me and My Shadow highlights the importance of good support. Carole Mackie received free health care, generous sick leave, a complimentary vehicle, and the promise of disability retirement benefits. Her family and friends provided her with much needed emotional ballast.
Ms. Mackie, with help from journalist Sue Brattle, does a competent, if not profound, job of taking us through the emotional topography of loss, uncertainty, and recovery. This memoir reminds us that life goes on after a diagnosis of MS. Indeed, the confrontation with one's own fragility can be deeply enriching, with the right support.
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