'Very moving book. Beautifully written. Made me think about my own mortality in a way I rarely do.'
- Gavin Griffiths
'My love and admiration for Cohl writing this book and the years it has taken for her words to appear
on the pages of The Silent Scream.'
- Saul Warren-Howles
'Although this book is centered around a very difficult subject I was so glad I read it. It was interesting to read it from the patient's perspective - understanding his fear & trepidation made the disease even more brutal...Great books are the ones that make you think - and this one definitely did that.'
- by Helen Rands
Although this book is centered around a very difficult subject I was so glad I read it. It was interesting to read it from the patient's perspective - understanding his fear & trepidation made the disease even more brutal. Very, very sad but it really made me thankful for everything that's good in my own life.
Great books are the ones that make you think - and this one definitely did that.
by Helen Rands
A beautifully written book but a painful read as we share the inexorable destruction of a once vigorous man, loved father and husband.
Why was this good man struck down in his prime! A chance throw of the genetic dice or an apparently innocuous lifestyle choice, more likely perhaps a combination of the two, a genetic vulnerability waiting to triggered. The only certainty seems to be that, so far, there is little that can be be done to slow, far less halt the dreadful consequences as the body become locked in a war with itself.
We feel a dreadful claustrophobia, the pain of an intellect trapped in a failing body, mind still free to fly but increasingly reliant on others to perform almost every function. Knowing and helpless to prevent loved ones suffering only adds to the misery until finally the end comes and release!
No-one who reads this book can be unmoved.
Surely if proof were needed, then this is it, nature doesn't play favourites, there is no justice. But there has to be hope. Hope that one day a cure will be found.
by John T. Lewis
Cohl Alicia Warren-Howles was born July 10th 1958 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, elder daughter of a physicist father and German mother.
She is a freelance writer. Having studied in Art, Psychology and Social Work she has a varied career in Advertising and Marketing and has launched a number of publications in Oxfordshire.
When her father was diagnosed with and died of Motor Neurone Disease in 2006, she put pen to paper to write The Silent Scream to tell others the story of the grip 'the beast' had on his life and all those who knew him.
She lives in Stratford-upon-Avon with her husband Saul and son and step-daughter, Miles and Phoebe.