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4 Ways to Stay Positive After Being Diagnosed with MS

By Daryl H. Bryant (523 words)
Posted in Living with MS on July 6, 2017

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4 Ways to Stay Positive After Being Diagnosed with MS

We’ve all felt the crushing weight of multiple sclerosis symptoms, and remaining positive can be a challenge. These 4 ways to stay positive after being diagnosed with MS are a good place to start if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Become Educated

A multiple sclerosis diagnosis is NOT a death sentence, and there is absolutely no reason to despair. The first thing to do is to become educated. Many people go on to live a fairly normal life after a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, and there are plenty of misconceptions about how bad your life is going to be while you live with multiple sclerosis symptoms. Take time to learn as much as you can about the disease and remember that every person experiences MS differently.

Seek Support

The people around you, even those closest, probably don’t understand what you are going through. That doesn’t mean they can’t support you though. Let them into your frustrations and fears and allow them the opportunity to support you. Still, sometimes you need someone who gets it - who understand what it is actually like to live with a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. I’ve written before about how to get involved with the MS community, and you can find support groups for people living with MS through the National MS Society, MS Focus, and MS Connection.

Be Your Own Advocate

Learning all you can about MS and connecting with the MS community will do more than help you stay positive. It will also empower you to be your own advocate as you work closely with your doctor to manage your symptoms. I wouldn’t have discovered MitoQ (or the freedom to live my life the way I want) if I had not been researching ways to manage symptoms on my own. Even the best doctor can’t devote 1/10 the amount of time that you can to your case. Always consult your doctor before trying something new, but don’t assume that the only treatment options are the ones your doctor suggests. Do your own research and develop the confidence to document your symptoms thoroughly and discover alternative treatment options. Then, don’t be afraid to make suggestions or ask hard questions during your doctor’s appointment.

Rest and Relax

Some days are going to be great; some days are going to be hard. Throughout it all, remember that you are living your life. Don’t get so wrapped up in your multiple sclerosis symptoms that you forget to take care of yourself and do the things you enjoy. Take hot baths or midday naps. Sip herbal teas or sit on the front porch. Binge watch your favorite show or go for a walk outside. Don’t push yourself too hard, and take time to do the things you love to do - even if you need to make accommodations to do them.

The most important thing to remember is that you are more than your diagnosis. Remaining positive is only possible when you feel like you are living your life, so get out there and live it.

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