Multiple sclerosis comes with a multitude of symptoms that affect people daily. The same way you manage your bank account or your house, you need to keep on top of how MS affects your life. In Getting On with Your Life with MS, authors Dr. Vanessa Bouchard and Dr. Nancy E. Mayo present a guide to help you take action so that you are in charge and MS is not. Bouchard and Mayo focus on helping you manage four important aspects of your life:
dealing with medical issues in collaboration with your doctor and other members of the health care team; coping with the sometimes-disabling effects of MS; understanding how your emotions respond to changes in your life because of an MS diagnosis and its symptoms; and realizing the roles you play in life may change or evolve with MS for you and your family members.
Getting On with Your Life with MS gives advice on becoming an effective MS self-manager and helps you develop a set of skills around problem-solving, decision-making, making best use of existing resources, working with your health care team, and developing action plans specifically tailored for different aspects of your MS experience. Evidence shows that taking a self-management approach improves your confidence in dealing with MS and improves your overall health and quality of life.