A Quiet Roar

Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Heidi Redl

A  B C  B E S T S E L L E R

The devastating diagnosis of an incurable, debilitating disease does not ordinarily form the starting point of a triumphant story. This, however, is a triumphant story. Heidi Redl was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004 and immediately chose to fight the disease with the only tools available to her: sheer stubbornness and courage.

Growing up on a pioneer ranch in the rough and dusty days of the late 1960s and 1970s, Redl learned at a young age to be self-reliant and tenacious. Life as a rancher had given her the courage she would need to bravely and persistently fight back against this chronic disease that now affects 2.5 million people worldwide. But nothing in her previous experiences could fully prepare her to live with an equally tenacious enemy.

In A Quiet Roar, Redl shares the struggles and triumphs in her uphill battle with multiple sclerosis. To survive, Redl must first learn to trust and rely on other people for the help she would need in the new reality of her daily life. This compelling and honest memoir is a record of her struggle against the physical challenges of living with progressive disease but also of the support and incredible friendships she found along the way.

“Heidi Redl has written a story about living with MS as it progresses degree by degree and year after year. But this is a story about stubbornness, perseverance, courage, hope, and a good deal more success than failure. It is a book we can all learn from about how to get through and past the many adversities and travails of a life. I think you should read and learn from it.”
—Sharon Butala, author of Where I Live Now (Simon and Schuster Canada, 2017)

“I feel there is kinship here, in the pages of A Quiet Roar. Redl reaches out. Redl writes her own reflection, which is also my reflection, which is also yours. I never used to believe in community, solidarity, group therapy, but now I understand. Now I see a desire, which is also Redl’s desire, in myself, to somehow and in some way be seen.”
—Brianna Albers, Monstering