Coping strategies are different for all of us, and you'll know which are best for you. Self-analysis or seeing a counsellor will help you step outside yourself to get a more objective view.
Ask your doctor or nurse questions about MS to help you understand what's happening. This will allow you to get a handle on your condition and expectations. Take action: weigh your alternatives and change your priorities. Focus on your lifestyle: do you need to alter your role at work or at home? Be determined to keep going and take as much control as possible over your life and the decisions that affect it.
Enjoy and have fun with family and friends - humour is an essential part of keeping the negatives from swamping you. Healthcare providers understand the importance of the motivational force of hope, and they support treatments that can positively alter its course until a cure is found. A commitment between health partners and patients towards mutual and realistic goals of rehabilitation and wellness go a long way towards improving quality of life. By embracing hope, you can begin the process of living, and not just existing, with MS.
This article was amended from an article published in the Winter 2003 Compass, by Sheryl Clarke, BScN, RN.
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