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Living with MS: Hold on to What’s Important to You

Unfortunately, some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a tendency to give up activities when they can no longer do them the way they used to. You may, for example, give up skiing because your balance [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Tips for Effective Parenting

Parenting is never easy — it wasn’t a piece of cake before multiple sclerosis (MS) came along and it won’t be now. If you have MS and you’re raising kids, keep in mind some of the following strategies. [more…]

Common Family Reactions to Your MS Diagnosis

People who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) can have all sorts of reactions and feelings over the course of the disease. But you have to remember that all of these same feelings are shared [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Communicating with Adult Family Members

Now that you’ve been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), family life may feel a little different — and you and your family may find talking to each other about it difficult. So, just at the point when [more…]

Enhance Communication about MS by Learning More

Clear communication about your multiple sclerosis (MS) is the best way to avoid confusion, resentment, and “I told you so” conversations down the line. To enhance your communication, you need to get better [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Tips to Encourage Open Communication

Whether you have multiple sclerosis (MS) or not, communication is a complex process, so don’t expect to be a pro right off the bat — most people aren’t. To get started, here are some tips for communicating [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: How to Manage Family Energy and Time

One of the big complaints about multiple sclerosis (MS) is that it takes a lot of time and effort. For the person with MS, the drain on time and effort is more obvious — it may take longer, with a greater [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: How to Keep the Family Rhythm Going

Unfortunately, multiple sclerosis (MS) can disrupt your family’s rhythm just the way that having weekend visitors temporarily changes the way you do things. But, because this visitor isn’t going home, [more…]

Keep the Intimacy Alive When You Have MS

Just because you have multiple sclerosis (MS), it doesn’t mean you have to give up intimacy. When the word “intimacy” is used these days, everyone tends to assume it’s all about sex. But, there’s definitely [more…]

When Your Partner Becomes Your MS Caregiver

Maintaining a healthy partnership can become especially difficult if multiple sclerosis (MS) progresses significantly. The more disabled a person with MS becomes, the more involved the partner is likely [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: What to Do about Joint Activities

Because of multiple sclerosis (MS), many couples suddenly find that doing joint activities isn't possible anymore. Imagine what happens when MS occurs in a couple who has always played tennis or golf together [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Build and Maintain Healthy Partner Relationships

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can challenge even the best of partnerships. There isn’t a young couple in the world — unless they grew up in families in which someone had a chronic illness or disability — that [more…]

When Your Adult Child Has MS

As challenging as it can sometimes be to have multiple sclerosis (MS), parents say that it’s even more difficult when your child has it. No one ever wants anything bad to happen to their kids. When a child [more…]

Understanding Childhood MS

Of the 400,000 people in the United States with multiple sclerosis (MS), approximately 8,000 to 10,000 of them are children or adolescents. Initial symptoms have been seen as early as 13 months old, with [more…]

Parenting When Your Child Has MS

Parenting is difficult enough without throwing multiple sclerosis (MS) into the mix. The following suggestions should address some of your most immediate concerns and give you some tips to handle it all [more…]

Regional Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence

In 2006, the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society awarded $13.5 million for six regional Centers of Excellence to treat and study childhood MS. This network of centers offer optimal medical and psychosocial [more…]

How to Explain MS Symptoms to Children

Children have a difficult time understanding symptoms they can’t see, such as those you might have with multiple sclerosis (MS). They can see that you trip or lose your balance and need a cane or scooter [more…]

Pregnancy and Multiple Sclerosis

The good news for couples is that women and men with multiple sclerosis (MS) can be effective, involved parents of healthy, happy children. Although the message prior to about 1950 was that women with [more…]

MS and Strategies for Family Planning

Family-planning decisions are never easy, especially when multiple sclerosis (MS) is present. All prospective moms and dads face some uncertainties in their future, but those with MS face even more because [more…]

Childbirth for Women with MS

Despite popular belief, moms with multiple sclerosis (MS) deliver their babies just like other women do (you know, with lots of yelling, grunting, and gnashing of teeth). And just like women without MS [more…]

Breast Feeding for Women with MS

New mothers with multiple sclerosis (MS) who wish to breastfeed are definitely encouraged to do so — it won’t increase your risk of an MS relapse, and it’s great for the baby. The only reason your doctor [more…]

MS Medications and Pregnancy

With or without a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis, the goal during pregnancy is always to be taking as few medications as possible in order to avoid problems for your growing baby. Before trying to become [more…]

How to Broach Big MS Issues with Kids

After you decide to talk to your kids about multiple sclerosis (MS), you may be wondering what to say and how to say it. Here are a few basic things to keep in mind: [more…]

Parenting: It Wasn’t Easy Before You Had MS!

As a parent or prospective parent with multiple sclerosis (MS), you’re probably worried about what effect your illness or disability will have on your children. You may wonder if you’ll be able to give [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Resources for Kids

The National MS Society offers a lot of good resources to help you explain multiple sclerosis (MS) to your children. Here are a few of them: [more…]

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