Book shines on stories of MS

Victorian MS authors Justine Martin, back left, Diane Barclay, Don Campanile, Allyson Brown, and Laura Di Iulio, front left, Clare Reilly and Kerrie Sculac. (Supplied)

By Jena Carr

A new book that shares stories of resilience from people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has been launched in Geelong.

‘Whispers of Resilience – Our Stories of Multiple Sclerosis’ highlights the personal journeys of 26 authors from around Australia living with MS, their families and caregivers.

MS author, writing coach, and Morpheus Publishing chief executive Justine Martin said the book received “amazing support” from Geelong during the September 14 launch at the Eastern Hub.

“The book launch here was amazing and we had close to 130 people fill the room at Eastern Hub,” she said.

“I compiled 26 people, including myself, from around the country that all have multiple sclerosis and turned them into Amazon best-selling authors.”

Ms Martin said the book offered a comprehensive understanding of how MS impacts the diagnosed individual and their support network.

She said it also helped build a community of people who wanted to tell their stories but didn’t have the means to.

“Many people don’t know what MS does on a daily basis to your body and I wanted to bring awareness of what it does, but also what we’re still capable of doing,” she said.

“No two people with MS are ever the same…and it’s dangerous to compare your journey to someone else’s because it won’t be the same.”

Seven of the 26 authors come from Geelong, and 25 per cent of the book’s sales will be donated to MS research.

Whispers of Resilience has also become the fourth best-selling book on Multiple Sclerosis on Amazon Australia’s Best Book Sellers list.