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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.

Staying Physically and Emotionally Well in Winter 

By: Denise Bruen, ANP-BC, MSN, MSCN, Lucille Carriere, PhD, MSCS

Some people may experience a seasonal dip in their mood during the fall and winter months, often referred to as the ‘winter blues.’ As we head into the winter, remember that maintaining a consistent schedule with nutritious meals, exercise, social engagement, and sleep is important to overall health.  

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Recursos en Español

Recursos en Español | Para garantizar que tenga acceso a conceptos clave sobre la EM en español, hemos proporcionado los artículos que aparecen a continuación. 

Resources in Spanish | To ensure you have access to key concepts about MS in Spanish, we have provided the articles below. 

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Employment with MS:  A Guide to Staying at Work and Transitioning in Your Career

By: Meghan Beier, PhD, Tracy Tyson Miller, Esq.

MS often leads to changes in mood, cognition, and physical functioning, which can have a profound effect on your employment, vocation, and finances.

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What is Comprehensive Care for MS, and How Do You Find It?

By: Rosalind Kalb, PhD, John Schafer, MD, FAAN

What is comprehensive care?

Because multiple sclerosis changes over time and affects so many areas of a person’s health, getting the right healthcare treatment means creating a whole team to treat the whole person. 

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Fatigue, Pain, Depression, Cognitive Changes: Invisible Symptoms of MS

By: Matthew Sacco, PhD, Tracy Walker, FNP-C, WOCN

Can MS be invisible?

With symptoms like fatigue, depression, and cognitive dysfunction, many people with MS are fighting battles that others can’t see. How do you manage these symptoms? Why do they occur? And what do you do when other people are saying to you, “But you look so good!”?

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Travel Tips for People With MS 

By: Ed Tobias

As more people receive the COVID vaccine, we can begin to think about travel once again! Ed has lived with MS for more than 40 years. Even though his disability has progressed over that time, that hasn’t stopped him from visiting interesting places all over the world. Learn more about his travel tips for planning ahead, using a scooter, having help and managing expectations. 

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How to Find Support for Your Mental Health

By: Meghan Beier, PhD , Abbey Hughes, PhD

Approximately 50% of people with MS experience changes in mood, including depression and anxiety. At the same time, about two-thirds of people experience changes in cognition, such as “Cog fog” and executive functions. In this article we will explore what types of treatments are there for mood and cognition changes. You and your health care providers will explore what type of psychological or behavioral treatments are right for you.

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Building Resilience in the Face of Life Adversity and Challenge

By: Kenneth Nowack, Ph.D, Can Do MS Programs Consultant and Chief Research Officer of Envisia Learning, Inc.

Through my father’s experience, the saying “Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out” is one that resonates strongly with me and may indeed be a good mantra for all of us during these trying times as well as future life challenges.

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Shared Decision Making in Multiple Sclerosis

By: Aliza Ben-Zacharia, PhD, DNP, ANP, FAAN, MSCN , Samantha Domingo, PhD

MS can present a slew of challenges to health and wellness. Addressing these challenges requires frequent and often complex decisions. An overwhelming amount of information can make this decision making even more daunting.

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​Staying Resilient to MS Transitions

By: Matthew Sacco, PhD, Megan Weigel, DNP, ARNP-C, MSCN

The term “resilient” has become increasingly more a part of our mainstream and popular culture vernacular.  It is a term that conjures up ideas such as determination, strength, and fortitude. But, when it comes to living with a chronic condition such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), what does resilient really mean?  The purpose of this article is to help better understand resilience, how it relates to living with MS, and ultimately how one might improve resilience.

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