An MS diagnosis presents many unanswered questions: How is this diagnosis going to change my life? Where do I begin? How will I manage to take care of my family, work, and travel? No one knows the answers to these questions better than Shelley Peterman Schwarz, who has lived nearly forty years with multiple sclerosis. Schwarz imbues her updated collection of practical tips and short cuts with personal stories that highlight her trials and triumphs. Shelley shares her real-life experiences as a wife, mother, friend, and employee/employer coping, managing, and growing with MS with a humorous warmth and unflinching honesty.This extensively revised and updated third edition is packed with helpful information and now includes over 800 tips and new solutions and strategies for confronting the challenges of living a full life with a debilitating chronic illness. With Shelley's guidance, readers will learn to conserve valuable time and energy, develop techniques for making everyday tasks easier, manage symptoms, maintain positive relationships, stay motivated, and bounce back when MS knocks you down.Expanded chapters cover medical issues, home safety and accessibility, dressing and looking your best, and travel. NEW sections include:A Thriver's GuideTaking Charge Mentally and PhysicallyFamily and FriendsMarriageSexual Compatibility and IntimacyBeing a ParentDriving and DisabilityWorking Finding Help and SupportWith hundreds of new tips and tools, and practical wisdom for meeting challenges large and small, this book continues to inform, encourage, validate, and empower individuals and families living with multiple sclerosis.
1. Basic Principles for Living with MS2. A Thriver's Guide3. Taking Charge - Mentally and Physically4. Medical Issues 5. Family and Friends6. Marriage7. Sexual Compatibility and Intimacy 8. Being a Parent9. Your House and Home10. Mealtime11. Dressing - Looking Your Best 12. Working13. Driving and Disability 14. Travel15. Finding Help and Support