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Monday, November 6, 2017

Tips for Managing New Fall Routines from a Working Mom With MS

When kids head back to school and the fall routine kicks in, some parents may be thrilled. Others may find adjusting to the new routines challenging. Kate Milliken, founder of an online support community called MyCounterpane and mom of two, has found ways to excel at managing this transition while also living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
“I was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago, when I was 35 years old and single,” said Kate. “My symptoms came on suddenly, and by the time I called a neurologist, I couldn’t walk. My doctor told me, ‘I have a hospital bed waiting for you… don’t even pack.’ This was right before Christmas, and it was a very lonely time for me.”
At that time, Kate believed her life wasn’t going to go the way she had hoped. But a blind date after her diagnosis unexpectedly changed that. Soon after, Kate got married and had two children— the first when she was 38 years old and the second at 40.
Today Kate finds great joy in balancing work and family. She shares tips for managing the back to school transition and adjusting to new routines that help with her five and six year old. These tips can be helpful for all parents, not just those living with a chronic autoimmune disease.
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