The Syracuse University Department of Drama begins the 2023/24 season with “Guys and Dolls,” directed by Banji Aborisade, reviving the classic musical–with a twist. Performances will be held Oct. 6-15 in the Storch Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama Complex,…
Music Professor Publishes Memoir on Living with MS
John M. Laverty, professor of music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music and an accomplished musician, recording producer and arranger, has published his first book, “In the Game: Music and Multiple Sclerosis: A Memoir of Success and Unexpected Challenges” (BookBaby). Now “in the game” of multiple sclerosis (MS), he documents learning how to live and prosper in the music profession—one of the most difficult in America—while having the chronic neurological disease, which affects the central nervous system.
Following a quick rise as a professional musician, Laverty explains the first moment he discovers a strange malady while trying to jog, through to an eventual diagnosis of primary progressive MS 15 years later in 2009. In the latter part of the book, he offers a researched critique of the medical profession from how MS is diagnosed and treated to how the medical research community and America’s political system are failing MS sufferers.
“Writing about my journey started as a response to multiple sclerosis,” writes Laverty in the book. “Not a response to my diagnosis but instead, a response to a different situation; discovering I can deal with multiple sclerosis and still live a fulfilling life. At first I was not sure this would be the case, but I am happy to say it is. Taking the time to write down my journey has helped me understand life is going to be okay. Different from before, but still okay.”
“In the Game” is available on Amazon.com.