As the partner of someone with multiple sclerosis (MS), you have an important role to play in helping your partner fight MS. Not only can you help to care for your partner, but you can also be a strong voice to advocate for your partner.
Here are a few ways to fight in your partner's corner:
- Help your partner take charge. Ask your partner how you can help. For example, your partner may want you to help organize their medications and medical appointments, administer their medications, accompany them to doctor's visits, or just be there when they need to talk.
- Watch for signs that MS is on the move. Look for changes in your partner's symptoms. Because of your close relationship, you may be in a position to notice subtle changes (e.g., numbness and tingling) that may indicate their disease is active. Encourage your partner to talk to their neurologist about any changes.
- Notice how your partner is doing on treatment. Use the Treatment Check-Up tool to see whether your partner is having issues with their treatment. Encourage your partner to speak to their neurologist about treatment options. Offer to come to the appointment and advocate for your partner.
Together, you and your partner can be a powerful force to fight MS.
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