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: 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 & 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: Stephanie Buxhoeveden, MSCN, MSN, FNP-BC & Peggy Crawford, PhD
Following the diagnosis of MS and during periods of change in your MS, it is not unusual to feel your personal GPS is out of whack and not working as well as it had in the past - or not as well as you were hoping it would. This is true whether you are the person with MS or someone who cares about you. You may feel lost, without direction, and overwhelmed with multiple choices and decisions. You may feel that little is under your control. On the other hand, MS often becomes the motivation - the “kick in the butt” so to speak - that people have needed to pursue effective wellness and healthy lifestyle strategies.Continue Reading
By: Peggy Crawford, Ph.D & Sue Kushner, MS, PT
It is not uncommon for people to feel that things outside themselves are the source of their stress: work, bills, traffic, kids, etc. However, stress is really about how people see things, how they interpret them, and what they say to themselves.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
By: Peggy Crawford, PhD, Can Do MS Programs Consultant
MS comes with many challenges for both the individual and family living with MS. As a chronic condition, MS is present every day even when medication is taken, stretches are done, and a positive attitude is maintained.Continue Reading
By: Peggy Crawford , PsyD, Can Do MS Programs Consultant
If you feel a bit down in the dumps this time of the year, you have lots of company. By March it can feel like spring will never come. For most of us, seeing the sun and the first few buds are enough to perk up our mood.Continue Reading
By: Pat Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN, Can Do MS Nurse Educator & Programs Consultant
Rosalind Kalb, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Vice President of the Professional Resource Center of the National MS Society and a member of our Can Do MS Program Staff has coined the phrase “MS Free Zone.” What she is referring to are areas of your life where MS can’t touch you.Continue Reading
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