Memoirs by friends are some of my favorite books. Over the years, I have been offered several books written by people with MS to read. Some of the books I absolutely loved, some not so much. And a few of them are still waiting to be enjoyed.
During the past week, I reserved a few evenings to read a soon-to-be-released memoir by fellow MS blogger and advocate, Trevis Gleason, who now splits his time between homes in Seattle, Washington, and County Kerry, Ireland. I tossed a throw over my pajamas, curled up with a mug of cocoa, and delved into Chef Interrupted: Discovering Life’s Second Course in Ireland with Multiple Sclerosis (Coffeetown Press, 2015).
Trevis is a former US Coast Guard Navigator and culinary chef who witnessed his life unravel with the loss of his job, his marriage, and his sense of self following a diagnosis of MS in 2001. Deciding to do soem of the things he'd always wanted to do while he still could, Trevis chose to fulfill a dream of his childhood...visiting his ancestral homeland.
Trading the Emerald City for the Emerald Isle, he rents a rustic cottage for three months in “The Town” which becomes the setting for a memorable winter. In Chef Interrupted, Trevis invites us to join him on a lively adventure, replete with well-drawn Guinness, traffic-immune sheep, a steady stream of visitors, rainbows and vistas, recipes, and a sweet pup named Sadie.