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Being There: How to Help a Friend with Multiple Sclerosis

By Daryl H. Bryant (737 words)
Posted in Living with MS on July 29, 2014

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Being There: How to Help a Friend with Multiple Sclerosis

When a friend or family member is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), they may withdraw from the people and activities they were once fond of. Their diagnosis will require them to re-evaluate their life plans and goals, and these changes can be very difficult for some patients. As a loved one, you can become an awesome support system by learning about their disease and helping them cope. Sometimes they may be in a bad mood and resist your help, but don’t take it personally. These tips will help you to be supportive, understanding, and helpful for your friends and family members with MS.

Be Understanding
First and foremost, try to understand their symptoms and what they’re going through. MS affects each patient differently, so learn about their particular symptoms and research ways in which you can offer assistance. When you understand the disease and its symptoms, you can plan ahead for social outings and carry necessary supplies with you, such as cooling packs or protein bars. A great thing to do is to study the disease together. Terminal diagnoses can be very alienating, but by offering to learn with them as they cope and adjust to the disease, you are providing them with a stable support system that is extremely valuable.

Be Supportive
Saying nice things, giving them a call on the phone, and consistently inviting them on social outings are all great signs of showing your support. These acts will make it clear to them that you are not viewing their diagnosis as debilitating and that you still wish to carry on your relationship as if nothing has changed. If they seem down or their symptoms are flaring up, modify your plans to better accommodate their needs. Make it clear that they are not a burden by joining them in whichever activities they feel most comfortable doing.

Be Entertaining
Laughter is the best medicine, and fostering a positive attitude will help improve their well-being and lighten the mood, especially when MS takes a tool on their good mood. Watch a funny movie together, regale them with a hilarious anecdote, or simply sit together sharing jokes. Entertainment also means being a soundboard, so let your friend or family member express their ideas, jokes, and even frustrations to you. Help to distract them from the disease by being the good friend that you are and entertaining them in the personal way you know best.

Be Helpful
Your friend or family member will not want to seem like a burden, but you can always offer to help out in little ways. Offering to drive, carrying in the groceries, or bringing over dinner are great ways to provide assistance without appearing overbearing or overprotective. Respect their boundaries and encourage them to be independent, but expect them to need assistance with daily activities and household chores, especially when their MS symptoms are flaring up. If you are unsure, ask how you can be helpful. Simply offering the gesture can be comforting enough.

As you and your friends and family adjust to the changes a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis brings, remain helpful, supportive, and understanding. Don’t discuss medications or procedures unless they are comfortable with those conversations, and be open to the different treatments they explore. It’s not fair to expect them to be positive and optimistic all the time, so respect their mood swings and offer to be there as a cheerful pick-me-up. Helping someone with MS is as easy as being there for them when they need you most and remaining positive, even when it feels hard to do so. 

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Comments (4)

jessegramm posted on: January 5, 2018

I am a 64 year old female, I was diagnosed of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2008 (MRI), my symptoms started out with severe fatigue, poor balance, numbness, double vision, heat intolerance and anxiety. I was unable to go back to work, I tried Betaseron for about 6 years. Tried every shot available, all made me sick.

In November 2015, I started on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Herbal formula from NewLife Clinic, the treatment worked incredibly for my MS condition. I used the NewLife MS Herbal formula for a total time period of 4 months, it totally reversed my Multiple Sclerosis. I had a total decline of all symptoms including vision problems, numbness and others. Sometimes, i totally forget i ever had MS.

Visit NewLife Clinic web-site ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com. I am very pleased with this treatment. I eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly. My attitude is extremely positive.

Margaret Larino posted on: January 24, 2018

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 50. I was still mobile but use a cane. I had balance issues and some falling. I only took baclofen as the injectable medicine did not seem to help. I was about to try other oral medicines.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. My multiple sclerosis got significantly worse and unbearable because of my cognitive thinking.. Last year, i started on a natural multiple sclerosis Herbal therapy from Mbeki Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I am doing very much better now, no case of Cognitive thinking or memory Loss,, my multiple sclerosis condition is totally reversed. Visit Mbeki Herbal Clinic website ww w. mbekiherbalclinic. com. This treatment is a miracle!!

Carol posted on: February 20, 2018

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 1 month after I turned 50. My Grand-mum was 96 and had it since she was in her 20s. I was on Copaxone, the first year was daily and later I was on 40 mg, 3 times a week. It made a tremendous difference for me. Although the fatigue was what really gets to me. When I do too much, I do start to feel weak.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. My multiple sclerosis got significantly worse and unbearable because of my cognitive thinking.. Last year, i started on a natural multiple sclerosis Herbal therapy from Green House Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I am doing very much better now, no case of Cognitive thinking or memory Loss,, my multiple sclerosis condition is totally reversed. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic website w ww. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am thankful to nature, the medics failed. Share with friends!!

Carol posted on: February 20, 2018

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 1 month after I turned 50. My Grand-mum was 96 and had it since she was in her 20s. I was on Copaxone, the first year was daily and later I was on 40 mg, 3 times a week. It made a tremendous difference for me. Although the fatigue was what really gets to me. When I do too much, I do start to feel weak.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. My multiple sclerosis got significantly worse and unbearable because of my cognitive thinking.. Last year, i started on a natural multiple sclerosis Herbal therapy from Green House Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I am doing very much better now, no case of Cognitive thinking or memory Loss,, my multiple sclerosis condition is totally reversed. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic website w ww. greenhouseherbalclinic .com.

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