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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…]

How to Parent around Your MS Symptoms

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you’re probably worrying about how MS can or will get in the way of doing stuff with your kids. You probably have some set ideas about what parents ought to be able [more…]

MS and Parenting: “How Can I Discipline ‘Em If I Can’t Catch ‘Em?”

Moms and dads with multiple sclerosis (MS) who can’t get around as quickly or easily as they used to worry about how they’ll be able to discipline their children. In other words, if they can’t outrun their [more…]

MS and Parenting: Handle Little Issues Before They Get Bigger

When your kids are acting up or you’ve noticed differences in their behavior or mood, are they running into problems due to your multiple sclerosis (MS) or is something else is going on? Even though MS [more…]

MS and Parenting: Allow Kids to Be Kids

Moms and dads with multiple sclerosis (MS) sometimes need to look to others — their partners, children, extended family members, and friends — for help with their daily activities or their care. But sometimes [more…]

MS and Future Planning: Assess Your Current Health

Your health is about more than just your multiple sclerosis (MS). So, as you develop your master plan for the future, remember to take into account your overall health and fitness as well as what’s going [more…]

Should I Keep Working If I Have MS?

Even though multiple sclerosis (MS) may affect your employment situation at some point along the way — depending on the types of symptoms you have and the kind of work you do —quitting work doesn’t have [more…]

When Your Job and Your MS Don’t Mix

Depending on your multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, the kind of work you do, and the environment in which you work, you’re bound to run into challenges along the way. Some of these challenges may be related [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: How to Deal with Attitudes (Yours and Others’)

Sometimes attitudes — your own or other people’s — can get in the way of your job even more than your multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms do. For example, many people mistakenly assume that anyone with a [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Employment Resources

When you’re dealing with multiple sclerosis (MS), the legal and financial issues involved in your employment decisions are complex for even the savviest of folks. So, it’s well worth your while to get [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Plan Your Workplace Disclosure Strategy

After you’ve decided to disclose your multiple sclerosis (MS) at work, it’s important to plan your strategy carefully. Follow these steps for a smooth disclosure: [more…]

Should I Disclose My MS at Work?

When you’re trying to decide who (if anyone) in your office should know about your multiple sclerosis (MS), it’s important to remember that disclosure in the workplace should generally be on a need-to-know [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis, Employment, and the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed in 1990, prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability — in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telephone services. [more…]

MS and the Workplace: Requesting Reasonable Accommodations

Under the ADA, the responsibility for requesting accommodations lies with you. So, you need to be the one to figure out exactly what you need, and you need to be the one to initiate the conversation. Don’t [more…]

MS and the Workplace: When to Call in the EEOC

A good resource to know about in case you and your employer can’t come to an agreement about accommodations for your multiple sclerosis (MS) is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: SSDI and Long-Term Disability Options

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS) and, in spite of all necessary accommodations and short-term leave options, you’re still unable to perform your essential job functions, it’s time to look at the alternatives [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Health Insurance Options

Healthcare related to multiple sclerosis (MS) can be a major financial drain even when you have good insurance. No matter how you get your health coverage, make sure that you know the basic facts about [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Your Health Insurance Plan

Given the high cost of healthcare in the United States, insurance coverage is particularly valuable for anyone with multiple sclerosis (MS). It may, in fact, may become one’s most valuable asset, because [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis, HIPAA, and Your Coverage

Several complex federal laws are designed to help protect people who have or who are seeking insurance, including those with multiple sclerosis (MS). Among them, the [more…]

How Do COBRA and HIPAA Protect My MS Healthcare?

Government laws are complicated and can be difficult to navigate, especially if your multiple sclerosis (MS) leaves you functioning at less than 100 percent. It’s often confusing to know what is covered [more…]

Can I Replace My Income with MS Disability Insurance?

Whereas health insurance helps pay for both your general and your multiple sclerosis-related (MS) healthcare costs, disability insurance helps replace your income if you become too disabled to earn a living [more…]

MS and Future Planning: Review Your Insurance Coverage

Having good health insurance coverage is important for the average person, but for someone who has multiple sclerosis (MS) or another long-term disease, it’s even more important because things can get [more…]

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