How to Cope With a Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a long-term neuro-degenerative disease. Every week, 200 individuals are diagnosed with MS. If you have just been diagnosed, here are some ways that you can help cope.

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Steps

Cope With a Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Step 1

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Take things one step at a time! One day, one task, moment by moment.
Cope With a Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Step 2
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Don’t focus on negatives! Do your research. Take your time. Know what could happen and understand the symptoms.
Cope With a Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Step 3
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    Verbalize how you are feeling! Keeping things bottled up only hurts. Don’t be afraid to speak out.
  • Cope With a Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Step 4
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    Relax. If you can, take a walk. Yoga helps. Take a swim at the pool, talk to friends—whatever it takes to relax!
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    Don’t forget to have fun! Pick a day and go to Disney, no matter how old you are! Just have fun! Laughter is key!

Tips

  • Laugh as much as you possibly can. Try watch some comedy television shows.
  • Never forget about those that are close to you. Your family and friends are there for you, and understand that this is a difficult time. Don’t be afraid to go to them if you need anything.
  • Don’t be afraid to cry. Venting your emotions is key.
  • If you are getting sad, distract yourself! Bored.com can help with distractions!
  • Become familiar with your own body and what the disease is doing to you day by day, write it down and share with your neurologist on your visit.This will help you both understand and make medical decisions that are right for you.
  • Join or start a support group! It helps being around so many people going through what you are!
  • Please don’t forget about knowledge. The more you educate yourself and become familiar with MS and what it does and how you can manage it, the easier it will be for those who want to support you, as well as your Neurologist.
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