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Tips for Support Partners: Taking Care of Yourself While Caring for Your Loved One

By: Rosalind Kalb, PhD & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

Living with MS can be challenging not only for the person who has MS, but also for the support partner. The support person – whether a spouse/partner, friend, sibling, or child – is “living with MS” too, but in a much different way.

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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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Workout Your Worries: Anxiety and Exercise in MS

By: Meghan Beier, Ph.D. & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

Anxiety is an umbrella term that describes an emotional state of apprehension, worry, fear, or terror and is considered problematic when it starts to interfere with your daily life. In such cases, you might notice that anxiety (1) impacts your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep, (2) causes you to avoid certain people, places or things, (3) causes arguments with friends or loved ones, or (4) compels you to perform certain actions or complete tasks in a particular way.

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Spasticity: Friend, Foe, or Indifferent Acquaintance

By: Gail Hartley, MSN, NP, MSCN & Kathy San Martino, PT, NCS, MSCS, ATP/SMS, CLT

Spasticity, characterized by increased tightness or "tone" in the muscles and/or involuntary muscle contractions, may result when the nerves can no longer signal the muscles to maintain the balance between contraction and relaxation. It is a very common symptom in multiple sclerosis.

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Tips and Tricks for Planning an Accessible Cruise

By: Candy B. Harrington

A cruise vacation is an excellent choice for people with multiple sclerosis. You can visit a lot of ports and only unpack once, which saves a lot of energy. Additionally, since todays cruise ships offer a variety of healthy menu options and state-of-the-art exercise facilities, it’s easy to stay in shape while at sea.

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The Relationship Between Exercise and Cognition

By: Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

As we start the New Year, we are often reminded of the importance of physical activity. A benefit of exercise that you may not have considered is the profound effect it has on the most magnificent muscle of all: your brain.

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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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No Easy Answers: Treatment Decision-Making in MS

By: David Jones, MD; Rosalind Kalb, PhD; Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

Every day you are faced with countless decisions. What should I have for breakfast? What clothes should I wear? Other decisions, of course, are more complex, such as which bill to pay first or how to strategize with a work team to impress a potential customer.

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Heat Management for MS: Avoiding the Meltdown

By: Juliann Hanson-Zlatev, OTR, Can Do MS Programs Consultant

Do you ever turn down offers of outings or social gatherings because you will get too hot? Do you stay indoors when you would rather be outside? Do you ever feel like you might just melt?

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Couples Living with MS

By: David Rintell, Ed.D, Can Do MS Programs Consultant

“In sickness and in health.” Although we make this vow in earnest, when we marry (or commit to each other), we do not expect that chronic illness will enter our lives.  The diagnosis of MS is life altering, not only for the patient, but also for her or his partner.

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