Massachusetts Author Details Her Personal Struggles, Adventures and Laughter Following Her MS Diagnosis

Author, Yvonne deSousa is pleased to announce the promotion of her book, "MS Madness!: A "Giggle More, Cry Less" Story of Multiple Sclerosis." This humor filled, inspirational memoir tells the story of the months leading up to, and the year following the author's diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, and the zany adventures that transpired.

Boston, MA, January 18, 2015 --( Yvonne deSousa's diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis came with an insightful declaration from a new doctor ("MS sucks") and a brother's helpful advice ("You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now"). What followed was a year of MS-adventures: "accidentally" kicking an officious male doctor in the crotch, becoming an undercover agent to pay for medication made from Chinese hamster ovary cells, discovering the amazing effects of legal speed, and battling her arch-nemesis, the dreaded food group: vegetables. Throughout her MS journey, Yvonne learned how to use humor to find acceptance in her diagnosis, and how to smile in the face of a debilitating chronic illness. "MS Madness" will make you laugh while learning the real story of what MS, a disease that affects 400,000 Americans daily, can do to a perfectly normal person. Life with multiple sclerosis can be daunting, but Yvonne shares her giggles at the bizarre world she has unwittingly entered and the new perspectives it has given her on life. "MS Madness" makes us realize that with a sense of humor, we can survive anything.

"MS Madness!" is available in both print and ebook formats.

Book Details:
MS Madness!
By Yvonne deSousa
Publisher: SDP Publishing
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 978-0989972369
Pages: 233
Genre: Memoir, Humor, Self-Help, Motivational

From The Author:
Yvonne deSousa has worked as a street sweeper, a shell seller, a babysitter, a candy peddler, and a guest house manager, all before the age of sixteen. Later on she worked as a waitress, sales clerk, library assistant, victim’s advocate, and at the front desk of a doctor’s office.

Two years before Yvonne’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a relative volunteered her to write an article for a local newspaper. Little did she know it was the beginning of a writing career. When MS threatened to turn her into a lunatic, she started writing more frequently and quickly discovered that writing about the insanity that is MS was helping to keep her sane.

Her work has appeared on, and in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith and Something On Our Minds," Volumes 1 and 2. Yvonne also writes a weekly blog on, the website that uses a giggle stick to beat up on MS. Since finishing MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis, she has started presenting programs designed to help others use humor to help cope with chronic illness.

Yvonne enjoys writing, laughing, and resting. She lives by her personal motto, “my MS is not your MS and your MS is weird!”

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