10 Things People with Multiple Sclerosis Want You to Know
“Life is about the journey and not the destination”. There is no way we can predict what will happen tomorrow. The only day we have is right now. No matter if you have MS, diabetes, arthritis, or any other chronic condition, it is important to live each day to its fullest. It is about baby steps and not pushing yourself to the breaking point. You do not have to let your condition stop you from doing something, just do it smartly and differently if you have to. No one knows your body like you do – not even your doctor. By letting it get used to new ways of doing things, you gain back the power to decide what is right for you.
For some people, diagnosis with MS happens after symptoms begin suddenly. Others may experience symptoms on and off for years and still have trouble finding the cause. A person diagnosed with MS may feel angry, surprised, sad, worried, or even depressed. Some may even feel a lack of emotion as if it is happening to someone else.
The reality is that MS will make its presence known and its power felt. It wants full control and it can unhinge emotions so that tears and laughter erupt with less control. People with MS have to maintain a well-balanced diet, exercise on a regular basis, get plenty of rest, and schedule weekly doctor appointments. They become reliant on a healthy routine because it keeps them protected from the enemy.
Everyone is affected differently by their MS and so their needs will be different too. There is no formula for what is the best approach. MS is real and unpredictable. It is not contagious, though it is invisible and still has no cure. It can be stressful and a constant battle - for everyone. A person with MS needs emotional and practical support. They need family, friends, and medical professionals to support them in their daily battles. Most important, they need you to be willing to help, to be patient, and to be sensitive to their individual needs.
There are currently around 400,000 people in the United States and about 2.5 million people around the world who have multiple sclerosis (MS). For those who do not know that much about it, multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex and unpredictable neurological condition. It causes a wide range of potential symptoms, including fatigue, vision problems, muscle spasms, and difficulty walking.
To raise awareness of MS and offer an insight into what it is like to live with such a condition, here are 10 things people with MS want you to know.