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The Inward Empire

Mapping the Wilds of Mortality and Fatherhood

by Christian Donlan

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An Incurable Disease Affects Identity

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is not shameful and shouldn't be something that is kept secret. However, an MS diagnosis plays with the mind – and that is before the hallucinations and trembling and tremors begin – and patients can feel like they did something wrong. The Inward Empire: Mapping Out the Wilds of Fatherhood and Mortality Christian Donlan's memoir about MS and fatherhood, should be required reading for every medical school course that focuses on patient life. His perspective as a father and man not yet in middle age struggling as he negotiates a strange disease is rich evidence for practitioners about the ways a disease can affect, not only a person's body, but also their identity.

Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler of Sopranos fame has relapsing-remitting MS, the same kind that Christian Donlan has. She was first diagnosed at the age of 20 and the symptoms were slow and often dormant which created a false sense of hope in her mind. She wasn't symptomatic, so she kept it a ...

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