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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (286 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Cohen Narrator: Richard Cohen Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/20/2014

    " I read this shortly after discovering that I too have MS. A beautiful story of courage and pain. It took everything I had to not cry for the pain this man has had to endure, and his constant struggle to stay positive. More than worth reading - this could change the way you think about illness. And, as icing on the cake - the writing is incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree | 2/17/2014

    " As someone who suffers from a chronic illness herself, Richard Cohen echoes thoughts and feelings I myself have felt and stated. His memoirs travel through his life with multiple sclerosis while trying to hold a career and a family and details how he's had to make sacrifices along the way. It was interesting to see how I could relate to the author even though my diagnoses came decades later. It goes to show that no matter when the illness hits, we all share similar thoughts. It's a definite read for the newly diagnosed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/12/2014

    " I learned some stuff about MS, but I dont know who the author is and only barely recognize his wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dara S. | 2/7/2014

    " This guy is Meredith Vieira's husband so that made it all the more interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy Hurt | 1/27/2014

    " I guess I'd be angry too, but after reading this book I mainly felt sorry for Meredith & the kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryHelen | 1/20/2014

    " This is a well written account that gives insight into how challenging a life can become when visited by constantly disintegrating health. It makes one grateful for life's tender mercies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/26/2013

    " Honest thoughts from a person coping with chronic illness. Not always uplifting, emotional or inspirational but it is real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 11/30/2013

    " Interesting memoir by Merideth Viera's husband who is living with MS and colon cancer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/26/2013

    " Very interesting book. Married to Meredith Viera, author has had MS for over 20 years, and survived two bouts of cancer. Quite a fighting spirit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/21/2013

    " I read this in audio form. It is an excellent book - heart-wrenching at times, funny at others, and a truly wonderful love story. Richard's wife, Meredith Viera, narrates part of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadir | 10/2/2012

    " heartfelt and uplifting narrative of overcoming the adversity of MS. Amazingly, this book is void of any self-pity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna G | 9/19/2012

    " For anyone who might not know, the author of this memoir is Meredith Viera's husband (Meredith on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "The View"). It is very interesting . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 4/7/2012

    " Bittersweet account of Meredith Viera's husband's 30-year struggle with multiple sclerosis. I learned a great deal about the disease and what it's like to cope with a chronic and at times debilitating illness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris Catrine | 11/13/2011

    " Wanted to like this, but really didn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 10/25/2011

    " This is an alright book. Not quite what I expected when I picked it up. I thought it would be more of his illness and not so much of life as a newscaster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 9/29/2011

    " Non-fiction. Good. He's a TV news producer and works with Dan Rather. Gets MS at 25-yrs old. Marries Meredith Vieira, who is on The View and the Today show. Talks about how his health is deteriorating. Lives in rural NY with 3 kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire V. | 5/13/2011

    " I learned about MS and how Richard Cohan handles living with it day by day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 3/16/2011

    " tv producer gets MS. I was expecting a powerful and profound book, what I got was poorly written ramblings of his journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/4/2010

    " For anyone who might not know, the author of this memoir is Meredith Viera's husband (Meredith on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "The View"). It is very interesting . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 8/18/2010

    " I learned about MS and how Richard Cohan handles living with it day by day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 6/14/2010

    " I guess I'd be angry too, but after reading this book I mainly felt sorry for Meredith & the kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryHelen | 2/19/2009

    " This is a well written account that gives insight into how challenging a life can become when visited by constantly disintegrating health. It makes one grateful for life's tender mercies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 10/8/2008

    " the guy has MS , is blind and had cancer! okay, okay, i feel grateful.

    it rally is a beautiful, moving memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/30/2008

    " I read this in audio form. It is an excellent book - heart-wrenching at times, funny at others, and a truly wonderful love story. Richard's wife, Meredith Viera, narrates part of it. "

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About the Author

Richard Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, where he has covered national politics and foreign affairs since 1976. He has written for numerous publications, including the New Republic, the Nation, Esquire, GQ, and the New York Review of Books. He has received the Sigma Delta Chi and Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Awards for his investigative reporting.