Friday, August 4, 2017

[Book Review] Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good: The Ramblings of a Medicated Mind by Lisa A. Baeringer

Book Review of Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good: The Ramblings of a Medicated Mind by Lisa A. Baeringer

Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good by Lisa A. Baeringer is such an incredible, but heartbreaking read.

Special thanks to Lisa for sending me a copy of this!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good: The Ramblings of a Medicated Mind by Lisa A. Baeringer

While reading, I felt Lisa’s anxiety about money and her desperation as she fought to get answers. I felt her frustration and anger as she waited for a diagnosis and struggled to get doctors to listen to her. I felt her helplessness when times got really hard.

However, throughout the novel, I also felt her bravery and strength. She amazed me with her honesty and openness on every page. There was also so much love shown between her and her family and friends. And to top it all off, there was a lovely dash of humor that had me chuckling from time to time.

I did find the book as a whole quite repetitive, but like Lisa states in her intro, this is her diary. This is such a powerful read already, I can only imagine how astonishing it would be if it was edited!

My favorite passages:

“I tell myself if I have to wear an eye patch I’m getting a hot pink one with crystal studs that say “Sexy Mama” on it. I swear my thoughts are too random sometimes.”

“Thanks a lot lady. I get more concern from my dog. It’s like every doctor I’m coming in contact with has some sort of God complex. Since I’m a mystery diagnosis it’s bruising their ego and they want nothing to do with it.”

“You don’t realize the everyday blessings you take for granted until it’s gone. We go about our world worried about money and all kinds of stupid stuff then something like this happens and you see what’s really important. But life doesn’t stop and neither can I.”

“I go for walks to clear my head sometimes and I cherish each foot step I am still able to take on my own.”

“Each time I actually get a good day I begin to feel hopeful only to be let down when another bad day follows.”

“I have to stop looking at other people’s lives and getting jealous about them. I keep thinking about how much easier they have it and how they catch breaks. If I keep up this attitude it will get me nowhere. I’ll only be left feeling resentful and bitter. I need to concentrate on what is good in my life and how much worse it could be.”

“The fire in my right leg burns with such intensity with little room for neither remorse nor reprieve.”

“I hope many of you out there get to have these serene moments where life just takes a back burner and you can live in the moment. Enjoy the nature around you. Enjoy the family and friends that enrich your lives. Most of all enjoy yourself as you, a wonderful and beautiful human being.”

“Some people may scowl at the way our marriage works but I really don’t give a flying nut.”

Thanks for reading!
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  1. I'm not usually a fan of memoirs, but this sounds like a very honest read. I know we can all relate to being at the doctor and not being able to get a straight answer.

    1. I'm not a huge memoir fan either, but I've actually read three recently! One was a total miss for me, but I enjoyed The Glass Castle a lot! This one was just so unique, as it is mostly her diary. She lays all her thoughts and feelings right out there!

  2. Wow, this sounds very interesting. A topic I would surely love to read about.