Chasing Hope by Richard M. Cohen
A Patient's Deep Dive into Stem Cells, Faith, and the Future

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A clear and concise memoir of introspection, though Cohen’s journalistic approach may not provide abundant hope for readers.


After more than four decades living with multiple sclerosis, New York Times bestselling author Richard M. Cohen finds a flicker of hope in a groundbreaking medical procedure.

Richard Cohen struggles with failing limbs and is legally blind. He has survived two bouts of colon cancer and a life-threatening blood clot in his lungs. After enduring decades of harsh treatments and invasive therapies, Cohen decided to trade in his life as a patient.

In 2012, Cohen and his wife, Meredith Vieira, were invited to host and chair an adult stem cell conference at the Vatican. Scientists would be gathering in Rome to discuss stem cell therapy for autoimmune diseases, including MS. A believer in the power of denial and determination over faith and hope, Cohen was caught off guard by what he learned. Medical technology had advanced further and more quickly than Cohen had known. Could there be a chance his health could improve? Could MS be cured? As Cohen took part in a pioneering stem cell protocol, he opened himself to the possibility of hope for the first time in his adult life.

Cohen's deep dive into the cutting-edge world of stem cell research and his journalistic investigation of hope includes interviews with doctors, scientists, and religious leaders, as well as conversations with others living with chronic conditions, all with the goal of understanding a hope that is both elusive and alluring.

As drily funny as it is emotionally vulnerable, Chasing Hope navigates the fascinating and ever-changing intersection between illness and hope.

About Richard M. Cohen

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RICHARD M. COHEN is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: his memoir about his struggles with MS and cancer as well as his illustrious career in the news business, Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness, and Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope, which looked at the issue of the medical community's lack of attention to chronic illnesses. His distinguished career in network news has earned him numerous awards, including three Emmys® and a George Foster Peabody. Cohen lives outside New York City with his wife, Meredith Vieira. They have threegrown children.
Published May 1, 2018 by Blue Rider Press. 297 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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on Feb 20 2018

A clear and concise memoir of introspection, though Cohen’s journalistic approach may not provide abundant hope for readers.

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