Reviews

The Suburban

Feature by Marlene Eisner Montreal’s Suburban, Lifestyles, Mar. 2004 Living with multiple sclerosis For Caroline Courey, it started with a weird feeling in her legs, as well as strange vibrations in her toes, hand and legs when she tipped her head forward. With Lise Couturier, first one side of her body would go numb, and then the other. Then came the debilitating fatigue. Both women, the first a single mom with four children, the other about to be married for the first time this August, have multiple sclerosis, defined on the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada website as “an unpredictable

International MS Support Foundation (IMSSF)

Testimonial “Crossed Signals is a well written, easy to read book about a family dealing with the issues and problems relating to multiple sclerosis. It is written for teens, however, adults can learn from it as well. MS is not usually thought of as a family disease, but in fact, it is. MS not only affects the person with the disabling disease, it affects their relationship with their family and family dynamics. This is the first book that lets you go behind the doors of a family struggling to come to terms with the disease, resolve their own issues as

Jack P. Antel, MD

“Crossed Signals conveys the important message that we always need to learn more about the entire family’s experience of disease … in my opinion, this book enlightens all of us about disease and its impact.” Jack P. Antel, MD, Neurologist-in-chief, Professor & chairman, Dept. Neurology/Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal

Steven Dector

Testimonial “Crossed Signals is more than a novel about MS. It’s a book which touches all families with a member fighting a life threatening disease, illness, or injury. Any person can relate to the personal pain and rebuilding of faith and relationships portrayed very realistically throughout the novel. As a teacher, I found that my students were able to make connections to their own personal family experiences dealing with loved ones affected by sudden bad news and searching for cures both physically and mentally.” Steven Dector English Language Arts Teacher Macdonald Cartier International High School

Quebec Home & School

Review Quebec Home and School News, April 2002 — a publication of The Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations Inc. Crossed Signals is a novel based on the writer’s own personal experience of being diagnosed with MS. Written specifically for teenagers, this very emotional and deeply touching book reveals all the ups and downs of having a parent diagnosed with a disease such as MS. Communication is the key and this novel shows how a family struggles, transforms, survives and finds a new sense of closeness, love and unity. Caroline has also provided a study guide to go along

The Lakeshore Times

Review by Ana Ruiz Montreal’s Lakeshore Times, April 2002 A Story Within a Story of Hope, Courage and Inspiration Statistics show that over 50,000 Canadians are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an illness of the central nervous system which affects women about twice as often as men. The symptoms or attacks are many, varying unpredictably and tending to affect sufferers differently, as no two people are affected in precisely the same way. These symptoms include loss of balance, impaired speech, extreme fatigue, temporary blindness and paralysis. Although is not a fatal disease, many of these symptoms can be successfully controlled and

Murray S. Katz M.D.C.M

“Growing with emotional support and understanding through the teenage years is an investment for the rest of our lives. One percent of all teenage families face the additional challenge of having a parent who is seriously ill. Multiple sclerosis is the single most common such illness. Ms. Courey’s book reaches out to these teenagers providing them with a sensitive and helpful insight into the issues that arise in such families. As such it is a unique contribution that is must reading for those in such families and for those who care about them.” Murray S. Katz M.D.C.M