Rebecca Evans@GeriatricNursing.org, a registered nurse,and a health writer, honors March as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month by compositing the follow blog to share with the readers of our blog:
For individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the diagnosis can be both scary (after all, what does multiple sclerosis really mean?) and a relief (the thing that has been haunting your life finally has a name).
After that diagnosis, however, there can be a transition period, where you struggle to figure out what your treatment and management plan should look like—and where the people in your life struggle to figure out how to act around you, and how to best help you.
That transition period can be incredibly difficult, frustrating, and stressful. Hopefully this article can help you both as you make the transition.
After all, MS patients need help and support—support friends and family often want to give, but may not know how. Consider this a beginning as you start the dialogue with your friends and family.
Communication and Education
When a diagnosis is first made, you, your friends, and your family may all have a lot of reading to do. What is MS? What are the symptoms? What are the treatments? What’s the long-term prognosis?