• by Richard Cohen
  • Narrated by Richard Cohen
  • 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Illness came calling when Richard M. Cohen was twenty-five years old. A young television news producer with expectations of a limitless future, his foreboding that his health was not quite right turned into the harsh reality that something was very wrong when diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For thirty years, Cohen has done battle with MS only to be ambushed by two bouts of colon cancer at the end of the millennium. And yet, he has written a hopeful book about celebrating life and coping with chronic illness."Welcome to my world," writes Cohen, "where I carry around dreams, a few diseases, and the determination to live life my way."
Autobiographical at its roots, reportorial, and expansive, Blindsided explores the effects of illness on raising three children and on his relationship with wife, Meredith Vieira (host of The View and the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?). Cohen tackles the nature of denial and resilience, the ins and outs of the struggle for emotional health, and the redemptive effects of a loving family. And while dealing with illness is not the way he chose to live his life, it did choose him.


What the Critics Say

"In this wrenching memoir, he tells how he has for the past 30 years succeeded in his determination to 'cope and to hope'." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ultimately, his is a story of overcoming adversity and not being beaten by it: a traditional-enough theme for a book, perhaps, but still an important one, if told in the right way. It is here." (Booklist)
"Within [Cohen] retains that miraculous strength all humans have....Blindsided is a powerful memoir, tough in the way Cohen's old news bosses would have wanted it to be tough. It doesn't flinch and it doesn't whine. Its tone is more of self-horror than of self-pity." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Couldn't stop listening...

I tend to be quite critical and harsh when it comes to book reviews. But, I have to say that I adored this book. Maybe it is because I have ms and that this is the first ms-related book I have read (or listened to). But, I was simply unable to stop listening until the book was over. I enjoyed seeing how someone else with ms lived and dealt with situations that I have dealt with or that I will perhaps deal with in the future (even if ms is a very variable disease that affects everyone differently and even if the way I would react to a similar situation might be completely different)

If you have ms, another chronic illness or if you simply enjoy a book that can give one perspective on life (and how lucky someone who has their health truly is) or even if you enjoy biographies I do recommend this book.
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- Jason


As a sufferer myself with MS for ten years, I heartily endorse Richard's view of his journey with the disease - and his attitude with having the array of difficult to descibe symptoms. I used to say, "God is a Jokester to people with Multiple Sclerosis - Sometimes sHe will say " Let's give the patient, oh, I don't know... Urinary incontenence... or maybe some double vision..." Most of all, I loved how Richard described the incipient, almost imperceptible changes in cognition that MS sufferers endure silently. The dream he has at the very end of the book is classic - I have had that very same dream many many times -- I dare say that every MS sufferer has been bestowed that same vision from time to time.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2004
  • Publisher: HarperAudio