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.
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.Continue Reading
By: Darla Freeman M.A., CCC/SLP & Juliann Hanson-Zlatev OTR,
Cognitive changes are a common symptom in MS. Up to 65% of people who have a diagnosis of MS also experience cognitive changes. In some cases people may identify cognitive changes as some of the earliest symptoms of M.S they noticed.Continue Reading
By: Michelle H. Cameron, MD, PT and Stephanie Nolan, OTR/L
Do you have MS? Do you fall? Do you wonder if you fall more than other people without MS? Do you want to know what to do to prevent falling? This article summarizes what we know about how many people with MS fall, the many possible causes of falls in people with MS, and provides tips and suggestions for things you can do to reduce the risk of falling.Continue Reading
By: Dr. Linda Mona, Ph.D
Discovering yourself and what feels right to you is a life-long process, one that does not have a final conclusion. Keep an open mind while learning about yourself and begin your journey to knowing the sexual person that you are!Continue Reading
By: Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT
The positive effects of exercise on our bodies are widely known - improved muscular strength, weight management, balance, cardiovascular health, and reduced risk for some cancers and type 2 diabetes, just to name a few. These measurable physical changes are often the focus of goals and intended outcomes for exercise. An often overlooked advantage to exercise is the benefit that exercise may have on our minds - the most magnificent “muscle” of all.Continue Reading
By: Peggy Crawford, PhD; Stephanie Buxhoeveden, MSCN, MSN, FNP-BC; Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT, MSCS
New Year’s resolutions often involve aspirations to improve wellness. While wellness is frequently thought to include just diet and exercise, it includes many more dimensions. Can Do MS and the National MS Society recognize six dimensions of wellness: 1) Diet, Exercise, and Healthy Behaviors, 2) Relationships, 3) Work and Home, 4) Emotional Wellbeing, 5) Spirituality, and 6) Cognitive Well Being. Learning about what is included under each dimension of wellness, thinking about them on your own and with others, including your support partner, can help you to prioritize your wellness needs and then select the wellness dimension that you wish to improve.Continue Reading
By: Abbey J. Hughes, PhD & Pamela H. Miller, MA, CCC-SLP
Cognitive changes are common among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), affecting 40-60% of the MS population. Much like physical MS symptoms, cognitive changes vary widely from person to person. Whereas many individuals with MS experience slowed processing speed as their predominate cognitive difficulty, others may experiences problems across a number of cognitive areas including learning, memory, problem-solving, and word-finding. Given the wide range of cognitive difficulties, treatments for cognitive impairment in MS are not a one-size-fits-all approach.Continue Reading
By: Peggy Crawford, PhD & Rosalind Kalb, PhD
Over 2.2 million Americans are in the “sandwich generation” – simultaneously providing support to aging parents/in-laws and at least one child under age 18. As life expectancy increases, the “sandwich generation” will continue to grow rapidly. Providing support has significant positive effects (enhancing relationships, creating sense of gratification/empathy/responsibility), but also poses financial, emotional, psychological, social, and marital burdens.
By: Chris Nesbitt, MPT
Pain can be amplified by what others say to you and affect your emotions. A fearful understanding of how pain may result from daily life choices can, in fact, prohibit you from making those life choices and falsely inhibit your understanding of what you actually can do. However, a healthy understanding of your pain may lead you to believe that you are not in danger of falling apart or under a real physical threat. Your understanding of your pain can more you feel confident and safe. You can do something about your pain psychology by learning and managing your "biopsychosocial factors"Continue Reading
By: Emily Williamson, BSW and Kim Calder, MPS
While no one plans to get sick or hurt, health insurance protects you from unexpected medical costs and offers other benefits like preventative care. We have taken some common questions and offered strategies and solutions to help to navigate this sometimes overwhelming world of health insurance.Continue Reading
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