Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Living with multiple sclerosis is difficult enough because of the day to day uncertainties. As a person suffering from MS, you know this very well. But you also know something else. Life still happens. Just as it does for everyone else.

The difference is in how you handle the issues that come up as a person living with MS. You may or may not have physical limitations or challenges. You may deal with the more invisible type symptoms, like fatigue and cognitive problems. Whatever symptoms you have, they all come into play when you face the issues listed below.

Your caregiver, (or you, if you are the caregiver), also has day to day challenges. Only yours are from a different perspective. You want to help make things as easy for your loved one as possible. You also need to stay as healthy as you can to be the best caregiver you can be.

MS effects everyone in your life, not only you, the person living with multiple sclerosis, but your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends. The following pages try to address all of these relationships, as well as the different situations you find yourself in while living with this condition.

What happens when you have a family? If you are a woman with MS and you want to have children? As a man with MS, what are the issues most important to you? What if you are a child with MS - do you tell your friends? And if you are a child with a parent who has MS, what can you expect?

So many questions arise when you receive a diagnosis like multiple sclerosis, that's it's difficult to know where to start. What should you think about first? What should you do first? These pages will hopefully help you answer these questions for yourself - at least by giving you a sense of what may be ahead.

Click on the links below to read about each issue.

Living with multiple sclerosis

  • Family Issues
  • Self-Help Issues
  • Social Issues
  • Mobility Issues
  • Emotional and Physical Issues
  • Your Health Care Team
  • Housing Issues
  • Employment Issues
  • Travel Issues

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