In This Together: Book Review

I found common ground within Ann Romney’s story.

“I’m determined to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from multiple sclerosis by raising funds for advocacy and research.” ~ Ann Romney

I recently read Ann Romney’s book, “In This Together”. From the very beginning, it was obvious my life experiences were totally different from those of Mrs. Romney. After the first few pages, I was convinced it would be hard for me to finish reading the book because I was struggling to relate to her story.

Then just when I was about to give up, she began giving a more frank view of her activities. This adjustment altered the tone of the narrative for the better. It went from a bland memoir to a stimulating account of a life interrupted. I found myself slowly being pulled into the story. I was captivated as she gradually gave a candid account of several substantial symptoms that began encroaching on her fairytale like existence. My interest really peaked when she finally revealed the cause of her assortment of ailments. It turned out to be the one big commonality we share. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Her blunt description of the disease was compelling. So graphic, it sparked a lot of memories for me. Although, not always pleasant but very familiar. She discussed various incidents that were highlighted by many recognizable symptoms such as depression, the feeling of helplessness, loss of balance, numbness, falling and fatigue.

Throughout the story, Romney kept the spotlight on how she deals with living with MS and how it ultimately transformed her life and that of her family. That focus made it easy to find common ground within the story. Like her, after my initial diagnosis, I felt isolated. Then later, a small community formed around me as people reached out and gave me advice. Also, Ann’s relationship with her husband, Mitt Romney, was so adorable. How they used humor to lighten the mood was refreshing and it reminded me of my relationship with my husband.

Overall, it was easy to read and very entertaining. I really liked it. The best part is, all author proceeds go to the Ann Romney Center of Neurological Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. And that’s always nice to hear.

Ann Romney’s story proves, no matter how much our life experiences differ, ultimately we are all truly “in this together”.

Author: Nicole Lemelle

My name is Nicole Lemelle. I am a writer, activist and a person living with Multiple Sclerosis. I created My New Normals to educate those who do not understand MS, reassure people with similar plights and inspire everyone to seize command of their lives.

3 thoughts on “In This Together: Book Review”

  1. I just downloaded this book on to my iPhone Audible app based on your recommendation!–I can no longer turn pages in a book… it’s a great app to listen to good books because we are in the car a lot. I invested in a great set of earphones for this reason. It makes traveling long distances-in our current case, we are driving from our home in Crested Butte Colorado to Denver where we will be flying to Dallas-where we used to live-and then driving a rented truck with furniture to our new apartment in Boston–I’m bracing myself for the very cold winter so this book will be very much enjoyed listening to. Thank you for your suggestion!

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