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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Multiple Sclerosis Caregiving: Advice for Spouses and Partners

Medically Reviewed By Niya Jones, MD, MPH

All successful relationships require understanding, flexibility, and compromise, but these traits are even more important when multiple sclerosis affects both you and your loved ones.

When Multiple Sclerosis is Part of Your Relationship

Although the emotional impact of living with multiple sclerosis is obviously difficult for people with the disease, it can be tough on those closest to them, too. Besides supporting a loved one with multiple sclerosis, you must take care of yourself to stay healthy and be the kind of caregiver you want to be. It's important to find a balance and not get caught up in the what-ifs or fear of the unknown in your relationship. Instead, try to stay in the present and remember to look for the positives that come your way each day. "Multiple sclerosis affects the whole family, but not always in bad ways," notes Benjamin Greenberg, MD, deputy director of the multiple sclerosis program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "People learn to overcome challenges together, and this can strengthen bonds among loved ones."

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