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The Inward Empire

Mapping the Wilds of Mortality and Fatherhood

by Christian Donlan

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The Inward Empire by Christian Donlan
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    Jun 2018, 336 pages

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Parenting is joy and Multiple Sclerosis is stress, and in the end it's not what you lose that matters but what remains.

Before things were an eternal mess, Christian was ordinary. He was a journalist, he was married, he didn't understand the six word joke a man walks into a bar. This joke, often repeated by victims of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), makes whimsical light of their very real symptoms, such as stumbling into doors and vision troubles.

In 2012, Christian wasn't yet one of the afflicted. He didn't feel odd and he wasn't burdened by an unraveling memory that seemed to be stitched to nothing. He had just purchased a 1930s cottage in Brighton, England that was in need of modernization, upgrading and erasing mold. And his wife was pregnant. It was later, when Christian was giving his newborn Leon a bath, that he noticed strange things. He had to search to find the doorknob. He felt a peculiar sensation throbbing in his chest. Prone to panic and anxiety, he thought he was having a...

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