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At Can Do MS, we know that the power of knowledge can transform lives and expand beliefs about what is possible.

These articles are written by our nationwide team of program consultants - renowned healthcare professionals dedicated to educating people living with MS and their support partners.  You will find valuable information and approaches covering our Six Dimensions of Wellness- Emotional Well-Being, Cognitive Well-Being; Home & Work; Diet, Exercise & Healthy Behaviors;  Relationships; and Spirituality.

These articles are provided as general educational resources and should not be interpreted as diagnoses, prognoses, or treatment suggestions.  Information and perspectives represent the views of the individual author(s); Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is not responsible for the accuracy or currency of the responses.  Readers should consult with their healthcare team.

Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis

By: Lynsey Lakin, MSN, NP-C, MSCS & Meghan Beier, PhD

Happy New Year! The first month of the year means it’s time for setting New Year’s Resolutions. This webinar will help you identify wellness goals tailored to your needs and interests. This webinar will also address how to get motivated, as well as how to maintain motivation over time.

Living well with MS means addressing all of your needs. Therefore, we will focus on the physical, cognitive, spiritual, emotional, and psychological aspects of wellness. Join MS Specialist Lynsey Lakin, FNP-C and Psychologist Meghan Beier, PhD for an interactive, goal-directed discussion to begin 2019 living your best possible life with MS.

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Seating and Wheeled Mobility: What’s Available and Why is it important?

By: Jean Minkel, PT, ATP and Faith Saftler Savage, PT, ATP- Physical Therapists and Can Do MS Program Presenters

The easier it is to move around, the better your quality of life.  However, many people with MS have issues that affect their functional mobility, which is the ability to go where you want, when you want.  Here are a few suggestions to improve your functional mobility through assistive devices.

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Relationships & Communication

By: Roz Kalb, Ph.D.- Psychologist and Can Do MS Senior Programs Consultant

When one person is diagnosed with MS, many other people are involved and affected. And the changes brought about by MS can have an impact on those important relationships.

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Emotions, Nutrition, and Multiple Sclerosis

By: Mona Bostick, RDN, CSO, LDN

“What foods should I be avoiding because of MS? “

“What foods should I be eating because of MS?”

As a registered dietitian living with MS and helping people with MS navigate their unique nutrition challenges, these are the two most frequently asked questions that I encounter, by far.

I would like to take this opportunity to answer these questions here and now. A healthy eating pattern is no different for someone living with MS than someone who does not have MS. Really!

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Cannabis for Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

By: Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, MCR and Jessica Rice, MR

People with MS experience symptoms that may not be adequately controlled with FDA-approved medications. Some people with MS have tried cannabis products to relieve these symptoms. Although cannabis has been legalized for recreational and/or medical use in a growing number of states, its use remains prohibited by federal laws. The legal status of cannabis is in flux. The use of cannabis to treat MS symptoms remains controversial. Patients are encouraged to discuss these issues with their health care providers.

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Progressive MS Health & Wellness Resource Guide

By: Denise Bruen, Roz Kalb, and Mandy Rohrig

Gather information about how progressive MS is diagnosed and managed and the important role of overall health and wellness through a variety of articles, booklets, webpages, and videos from Can Do Multiple Sclerosis and the National MS Society.

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Driving with MS: A Psychological Perspective

By: Cecilia Capuzzi Simon

Life does not end without driving! It does, however, change. How will you define your new normal? Your new independence? Your freedom?

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Car Talk

By: Cecilia Capuzzi Simon, Psychology Feature Writer

Symptoms of MS, especially cognitive changes and spasticity, can affect driving performance and increase a risk of a car crash.  In fact, persons with MS are three times more likely to have a car accident, putting themselves and others at risk.  While there are many modifications and adaptations that can assist with driving, loses in driving skills are common.  At some point, it is time for all of us, with or without MS, to hang up the car keys.  For loved ones, bringing this up can usually be unpleasant, emotional, and relationship-straining.  Many families, including mine, go through similar struggles with their aging parents.

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Are We There Yet?

By: Ben Thrower, MD

A cure for multiple sclerosis.  That is what we all want, correct?  While we have not reached the cure yet, we are getting closer.  When we think about a cure for multiple sclerosis, that term may mean different things to different people.  To those who are newly diagnosed, a cure might mean a completely effective therapy that would completely eliminate any risk of relapses, new lesions on MRI, or progression of disability.  For those who have been dealing with multiple sclerosis for a while and may have accumulated some disability, the cure would mean stopping any further progression and erasing any disability.  Admittedly, we have come a long way since 1992 when there were no FDA approved treatment options for multiple sclerosis.  So where are we right now with current research in multiple sclerosis?

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Sometimes It’s Hard to Be a Woman: Women’s Health Issues in MS

By: Meghan Beier, PhD & Cheryl Blaschuk, RN, FNP, MSN

Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) presents a unique challenge for women. Until relatively recently, most of the medical and rehabilitation research focused on either males exclusively, or mixed populations without examining differences in gender. As an example, prior to 1990, there was only one publication that examined the unique demographics of women with functional or cognitive challenges. New lines of research produced a better understanding of the prevalence of MS among women, as well as unique considerations needed for assessment and treatment in this gender.

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