A Fragile Hold: Living with Multiple Sclerosis and Other Uncertainties, Ruth Cotton

When Ruth Cotton walked out of her neurologist’s office in 1997 with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, her life changed irrevocably. At the peak of her career and with three children still at home, all she could think of were the uncertainties – especially whether she’d become wheelchair-bound. But Ruth continued her full, active life and it wasn’t until her retirement that multiple sclerosis exacted its greatest toll – slowly taking her balance and mobility.

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic confined Ruth indoors, news came that her husband’s cancer – melanoma, diagnosed years before – was accelerating. Overwhelmed by a sense of life’s fragility, Ruth turned to writing to make sense of it all. As she gives close attention to her immediate environment, a more mindful way of being and thinking unfolds. A Fragile Hold reveals with warmth and unflinching honesty the daily, intimate scenes of a life with multiple sclerosis.

A Fragile Hold is a poignant and inspirational memoir that will take readers on a thought-provoking and moving journey. Australian author Ruth Cotton focuses on how the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis has impacted her life. At times heartbreaking because of what she has been through, the book is also uplifting, helping you overcome hardships and find meaning thanks to the wisdom shared from Ruth’s own life lessons. If you are a reader who is looking for a personal memoir that is the perfect combination of inspiration and heart, then A Fragile Hold is the book for you and should not be missed.

In this beautifully raw and honest memoir, Ruth shares her daily life with us, inspiring, informing and helping – the result is a captivating memoir like none I have read before.

Ruth will first take us readers back to 1997, when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – a moment that will change the course of her life forever. Worried about what the future holds and what her present looks like with a career and three children, she is faced with uncertainty at every turn.  Despite this, and flare-ups from her disease, Ruth perseveres, continuing to live an active life full of many happy moments, and a great positive outlook.

It wasn’t until retirement age that her multiple sclerosis took its greatest toll and Ruth lost her mobility. By 2016, she had relinquished her driving licence and become dependent on a walker, a mobility scooter and her husband.

2020 was a difficult time for Ruth, as the pandemic kept her indoors and news came that her husband’s previously diagnosed cancer was accelerating. Faced with isolation and more uncertainties, Ruth turned to writing to make sense of it all. She began a blog and gathered a group of friends and writers who became her online support group. It was they who encouraged Ruth to transform the blog into a book. The result is a touching memoir that will help readers everywhere, inspiring and informing.

A Fragile Hold is a compelling piece of nonfiction that will be the perfect read for those that have had similar experiences to the author or who are struggling with their own battles. Ruth shows that hope can always be found somewhere, often in the simplest everyday things around us, and this is a really important message. Ruth Cotton is a remarkable person for two reasons: first, because she is honest and brave in sharing her story and second, because she is an exceptionally talented author. Cotton’s impeccable writing is a joy to read and flows beautifully throughout so that the reader will feel compelled to read non-stop.

Overall, A Fragile Hold is an insightful, informative, inspiring book and I would say that if you are a reader who is interested in living well with any chronic condition, then this book is for you. A Fragile Hold gets five stars from me!

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