6 Tips for MS Patients, Families & Loved Ones

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Multiple sclerosis is a difficult disease to live with. Still with no known cure, sometimes you may find the day-to-day struggle very challenging. But MS patients are not the only ones who live with the disease — friends, family and loved also have to learn how to deal. To help everyone cope better, we’ve put together a list of six tips for patients, families, and loved ones. (source: National MS Society)

1. With or Without MS, Relationships are Not Easy

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All relationships require energy and effort to go through up and downs — even without a disease to complicate matters. It is almost inevitable that multiple sclerosis (MS) will add to the challenge. Recognizing that MS affects the whole family is the first step to coping with MS in personal interactions. Many times, learning to live with the disease brings spouses, families, and friends closer together. It is important to never compare families and relationships to your own, under any circumstance.

But can emotional health influence MS treatment outcomes?

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Marta graduated from Universidade Fernando Pessoa in Porto with a degree in Communication Sciences and a Masters degree in New Communication Technologies. She has experience in social media, worked with several media channels, and has also worked as a freelance photographer and a graphic artist for almost 10 years.
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  1. I have MS and just published a book that you all might find interesting:the evolution of the cane. An easy read with lots of colorful pictures.
    This delightful new book traces the history of the cane from the Bible to the present.
    Crooks & Canes: Bible, Bebop & Beyond
    Los Angeles, CA Nonfiction book that celebrates the long and colorful history of the crook and the cane. Jo Tanenbaum is the author.

    When ancient people used crooks and canes, it was for practical reasons. Over the years, the cane evolved from a form of physical support and protection to a symbol of authority, dignity, and wealth, where a person’s status could be determined by the quality and materials of his walking cane. Canes were a symbol of power, as in a king’s scepter or a bishop’s pastoral staff, and to this day serve as fashion statements—transforming the lowly walking stick from necessary aid to trendy accessory.
    Crooks & Canes is dedicated to the evolution of the cane and is loaded with colorful pictures to illustrate its journey from the Bible to the Pueblo Indians; from Fred Astaire to Winston Churchill to today’s models and celebrities. For those who associate the cane only with the elderly or the infirm, the book is sure to offer many surprises!
    For more information, visit the author’s website at http://www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore/crooksandcanes.
    At 68 pages, Crooks & Canes is available online through Outskirts Press at http://www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore. It is sold through Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a maximum trade discount in quantities of 10 or more, and is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the nonfiction category.
    ISBN: 978-1-4787-7586-7 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 color paperback Retail: $18.95
    Genre: NONFICTION / History
    About the Author: Jo D. Tanenbaum is a retired teacher of French and lives it up with her family and a staff in Los Angeles, CA.

    • admin says:

      Joanne,

      Thanks for being a reader. Happy to have you write a column for MS News Today to talk about your book. Please let us know.

      Best,

      Chris Comish

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