Living with MS
Living with a long term condition, especially one with unpredictable symptoms, can take it's toll emotionally.
But you're not alone. Help is out there if you need it, whether from others in the same situation as you, or trained professionals.
Getting diagnosed with MS is different for everyone.
Doctors might have already talked about MS as a possible explanation for symptoms, but it might equally have been a ‘bolt from the blue’.
Each family member and close friend may react differently. For example, the person with MS might feel relief, while their partner is in denial.
Grieving for your old, carefree life, or the plans you had in the future, is a normal process of adjustment to a different life.
But MS isn't the end of everything.
Guilt is also a normal reaction, often because people feel they've put an extra burden on their family.
Family members may also blame someone with MS for the difficulties MS has created.
Telling people that you have MS can be a very difficult thing to do. Accepting the diagnosis yourself is hard, let alone having to break the news to others.
Telling family - whether your parents, your partner or your children - comes with it's own set of challenges.