Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Families, Third Edition

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Demos Medical Publishing, Sep 1, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 222 pages

Because most people who are diagnosed with MS are between the ages of 15-55 years, the disease has a significant impact, not only on the individual with the disease, but also on the family members and loved ones whose lives are interwoven with them.

Families experiencing multiple sclerosis often find themselves in uncharted territory. Prior patterns of interacting with each other may no longer work; roles often shift with dramatic emotional impact; guilt, anger, sadness, and a sense of burden may create a barrier to intimacy, joy, growth, and family unity. There are ways out of this debilitating situation, and many families have restored their balance, humor, productivity and family solidarity. Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Families can lead the way for your family to strengthen its coping skills and to receive targeted information about the disease and its ramifications.

This complete yet highly readable guide for families living with multiple sclerosis addresses these issues and more. Families must learn how to strike a reasonable balance between the interests and needs of its members, and to accommodate the limitations imposed by MS without allowing them to impact every aspect of family life. This is easier said than done, and extensive discussions consider how the basic goals of living with this chronic disease can be met.

 

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An easy layman terminology book about the illness of MS. I found it very informative and helpful. There was information in it, that was not in others books, like the overload of emotional reactions; crying and laughing at inappropriate moments and it is a excellent teaching guide for families and caretakers.  

Contents

1 When MS Joins the Family
1
2 Emotional and Cognitive Issues
11
3 The Familys Relationship with the Physician and the Healthcare Team
35
4 Sexuality and Intimacy in Multiple Sclerosis
53
5 Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth
81
6 Parenting Issues
93
7 Parenting a Child with MS
111
8 Adults with MS and Their Parents
137
10 Planning Wisely For Possible Care Needs
169
11 General Health and WellBeing
181
Financial and Legal Considerations for Families Living with MS
195
13 Supportive Resources for Families
225
Additional Readings
235
Recommended Resources
245
Professional Biographies of the Authors
259
INDEX
271

9 The Caregiving Relationship
149

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