MS Family and Relationships: 6 Tips for Patients and Loved Ones
1. With or Without MS, Relationships are Not Easy
All relationships require energy and effort, go through up and downs, and have to face challenges even when there is no disease affecting the family. But it is almost inevitable that multiple sclerosis (MS) is an additional challenge in a family’s life. A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis does not just affect the patient, but the whole family and recognizing it is the first step to coping with MS in personal interactions. “While MS does pose some additional adversities, it can also enrich relationships and bring people closer together,” state the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It is also important not to try and compare families and relationships, or think how it would be without the disease. Each family has its own problems and difficulties.