Praise For

One Blink at a Time:

“This remarkable and unique story of Ismail and Cheryl is one of great courage, resilience and hope. We all can admire Ismail’s nearly-unbeliev­able good spirits, optimism and determina­tion to adapt to ALS (Amyotro­phic Lateral Sclerosis), and to maintain an excellent quality of life..."
- W. King Engel, M.D., Director, USC Neuromuscular Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles
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“What an amazing and inspiring journey! Ismail and Cheryl have written a story of love and devotion, of hardships and triumphs. My first year medical students need to read this book."
– M. Rudolph Brody, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Keck USC School of Medicine
“This is the remarkable story of Cheryl and Ismail’s resourceful­ness and creativity in preserving Ismail’s ability to lead a satisfying and productive life and to communi­cate with the world around him despite total paralysis from advanced ALS...."
- Rebecca A. Hanson, M.D., Clinical Professor in Pediatric Neurology and Orthopedics (Cerebral Palsy), UCLA
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"...As I finished the last page a favorite quote by Albert Camus came to my mind: 'in the depths of winter I found in me an invincible summer.' Thank you Ismail and Cheryl for the invincible summers inside you and for reminding us of the power of love. You may have ALS, but ALS does not have you!"
- Richard Bedlack, MD, PhD, Director of Duke University ALS Clinic in Durham NC
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“With inspiration and love, Ismail and Cheryl Tsieprati have shared the writing of this book as they have shared all the joys, challenges, hopes and dreams of their life together and with Ismail's 30-year journey with ALS. They have educated all of us, in a very personal and individual way..."
- Madelon Thomson, LCSW, Director of Care Services, ALS Association, Golden West Chapter

One Blink at a Time is an upbeat, inspiring story of courage and optimism. Ismail and Cheryl Tsieprati recount in alternating chapters how they deal with their daily challenges living for 30 years with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Although ALS has stolen Ismail’s ability to move, speak, even to breathe on his own, it has not taken away his determination to live a happy and productive life. Ismail spelled out his chapters using eye blinks, letter by letter, word by word.  His and Cheryl’s distinctive voices add to the impact of this exceptional book.

Full of practical advice from training caregivers to preparing for emergencies to surviving the hospital, the book also includes an extensive glossary and helpful resources.

Above all else, One Blink at a Time is an inspiring love story. Ismail and Cheryl are as devoted to one another today as they were the day they were married 44 years ago.