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Requesting Accommodations in the Workplace: Working with MS

By: Nina Martinez

When trying to determine whether and under what conditions you can work with multiple sclerosis, it is key that you understand the laws that govern accommodations in the workplace. This article serves as a brief introduction to the law and discusses strategies for making accommodation requests.

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Making Best Use of Your Health Insurance Options

By: Kimberly Calder, MPS & Sherry Perry, MSCIR, MSSMC

Making sure you are enrolled in a health insurance plan at all times may be the single most important way to avoid debt and assure your ability to get the health care services you need. Many changes have been made to health insurance in recent years, including new protections for people with pre-existing and high-cost conditions like multiple sclerosis.

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Managing Your Employability with MS

By: Debra Fehr Heindel, MBA, CMP & Danielle Moser, MSEd

If you have been diagnosed with MS, some of your initial thoughts might be around how your work life may be impacted. Many people continue to work with MS, and while some changes may need to be made, managing your career with MS is really not that much different than managing your career without MS.

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Gardening Tips

By: Gail Hartley, NP, MSN, MSCN

Spring has sprung and it is time to look forward to a new season of growth. Growing a garden—whether flowers or vegetables—is a wonderful, relaxing and therapeutic way to get you in touch with Mother Nature.

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Want To Get Away?

By: Pat Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN, Can Do MS Nurse Educator & Programs Consultant

When you face physical limitations, traveling can seem like an insurmountable task. You think about “how do I get about if my walking is unsteady?” “How do I manage my bladder problems?”

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Gaining Function by Horseback

By: Ken Seaman, PT, DPT, ACE, Can Do MS Programs Consultant

The vast majority of individuals who participate in therapeutic riding rehabilitation programs have shown significant positive outcomes. Regardless of the condition one may be dealing with, numerous research studies have clearly shown functional improvements in people who partake in this activity.

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Tired of Being Tired? Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Keep You Going

By: Juliann Hanson-Zlatev, OTR and Patty Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP

Many people find fatigue to be one of the most complex and challenging of the symptoms they face with MS. It is often called an “invisible” symptom since it cannot be seen on its own. To make matters worse, friends, family, and associates may not understand the severity of MS fatigue and expect you to simply “push through it.”

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Accessing Your MS Community: Fitness, Recreation and Adaptive Sports

By: Brielle Carter, MS & Gus LaZear, MBA, CTRS

Adaptations during exercise and sport can become very useful when living with MS. Often times, we are not able to exercise the same. Maintaining an exercise program with MS is important as research suggests, but it is how one exercises that is imperative. As the saying goes, it is easier said than done. When we think of exercise, many automatically think the gym, but there are many resources that can be used outside of a gym setting..

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Taking the Stress out of Holiday Meals

By: By Denise Nowack, RDN and Anna Cotton OTR/L

As the holiday season approaches, we look forward to fun times with family and friends—and food as the centerpiece to all celebrations. But if just the thought of holiday entertaining seems overwhelming and exhausting, don’t despair. These four simple strategies can help you relax more and stress less.

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Talking to Your Employer About MS

By: Barbara McKeon, MA, CRC, LMHC & Steven Nissen, MS, CRC

Disclosing one’s Multiple Sclerosis to your employer is one of the most difficult decisions people with MS face. You need to consider carefully before making the decision to do so, as it has legal and job related implications that can be ongoing. When disclosing to an employer, there are many issues to consider. There may be good reasons to disclose and benefits from doing so. However, once information is given, it can never be taken back, so it’s important to make certain that telling does benefit you.

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