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    1. Ask an MS Navigator

      The Society's MS Navigators help identify solutions and provide access to the resources you are looking for. Call 1-800-344-4867 or see "More info" to contact us online.

    2. Connect with others on MSconnection.org

      Join thousands of people supporting one another and exploring the issues that shape your world.

    3. Connect with Peers One-on-One

      Search for and connect with a trained peer support volunteer who can provide you with helpful tips, suggestions and emotional support for the challenges that MS throws at you. Connect via one-on-one ongoing telephone or email conversations.

    4. MSFriends® Helpline

      Support from a trained volunteer living with MS, when you want and need it. Connect today by calling the MSFriends helpline at 1-866-673-7436

    5. National Scholarship Program

      MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. This is why the National MS Society's scholarship program exists — to help highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college.

    6. COOL IT! Beat the Heat

      Many people with MS experience a temporary worsening of their symptoms when the weather is very hot or humid or when they run a fever, sunbathe, get overheated from exercise, or take very hot showers or baths.

    7. Pharmaceutical Financial Assistance Programs

      A list of pharmaceutical and non profit financial assistance programs to assist with the costs of MS medications.

    8. Insurance Resources

      Information and resources to help people with MS overcome common obstacles to getting and keeping health coverage.

    Resources

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    1. Catalog of Informational Resources (.pdf)

      The Society provides free resources for people living with MS and others. Many of these resources are listed in this catalog. For printed copies of any of our materials, contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867.

    2. Childhood MS: A Guide for Parents (.pdf)

      If your child has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), or MS has been suggested as a possible cause for your child’s symptoms, you may have lots of questions. This guide is intended to provide answers to some of these questions.

    3. Family Matters

      MS happens to families, not just to individuals. You probably have many questions about MS – what will happen to my family member with MS, how can we plan, how do we manage the unpredictability of the disease? The National MS Society is here to help you navigate the challenges of living MS with a personalized response to your unique needs.

    4. Keep S’myelin: Activity Book for Kids about MS (.pdf)

      28-page colorful, engaging, and interactive publication filled with stories, interviews, games, and activities on a variety of topics related to MS. For children ages 5-12. To request a copy, contact an MS Navigator via email at contactus@nmss.org or by calling 1-800-344-4867.

    5. Keep S’myelin: Issue 11 — Feelings & MS (.pdf)

      Everyone in the family is likely to have feelings about MS—the most common being anxiety, anger, sadness and guilt. One of the biggest challenges for families is that each person will experience these reactions at different times and in different ways.

    6. Keep S’myelin: Issue 13 — Fun Activities (.pdf)

      This issue of Keep S’myelin contains lots of family activities and games. Some have MS content — for example, the scrambled answer quiz and the word search — while others are just for fun, like the recipes, jokes, and games. So, we hope this issue serves two purposes: providing ways to learn about MS with your child and suggesting ways to have fun together in spite of MS!

    7. Keep S’myelin: Issue 14 — Invisible Symptoms (.pdf)

      How many times has a family member, friend or colleague said, "I know you have MS, but you look so well!" Use this issue of Keep S'myelin to help your children understand the concepts of variability and unpredictability, and the frustration of having invisible symptoms.

    8. Keep S’myelin: Issue 15A — Moving with MS - For Children (.pdf)

      Some people with MS use a cane to help them walk. Others use a wheelchair or a scooter to get around. Still others walk just fine without any help at all. This issue of Keep S'myelin will help you and your kids adjust to new mobility aids.

    9. Keep S’myelin: Issue 15B — Moving with MS - For Parents (.pdf)

      Some people with MS use a cane to help them walk. Others use a wheelchair or a scooter to get around. Still others walk just fine without any help at all. This issue of Keep S'myelin will help you and your kids adjust to new mobility aids.

    10. Keep S’myelin: Issue 16A — Family Changes - For Children (.pdf)

      Use this issue of Keep S’myelin to help you and your children talk together about the changes MS has brought to your family. Change is difficult for all of us, regardless of age. However, children, in particular, rely on routines; they like to know just what to expect, and for the most part, enjoy the status quo.

    11. Keep S’myelin: Issue 16B — Family Changes for Parents (.pdf)

      Use this issue of Keep S’myelin to help you and your children talk together about the changes MS has brought to your family. Change is difficult for all of us, regardless of age. However, children, in particular, rely on routines; they like to know just what to expect, and for the most part, enjoy the status quo.

    12. Keep S’myelin: Issue 17A — Teamwork - For Chidren (.pdf)

      This issue is designed to reassure your children that there are lots of people who can help your family cope with MS. The medical team, friends, neighbors, teachers, The National MS Society, MS researchers, all may be members of your family's "team."

    13. Keep Smyelin - Issue 17B - Teamwork - For Parents (.pdf)

      This issue is designed to reassure your children that there are lots of people who can help your family cope with MS. The medical team, friends, neighbors, teachers, The National MS Society, MS researchers, all may be members of your family's "team."

    14. Keep S’myelin: Issue 18 (.pdf)

      Once your healthcare practitioner has confirmed that you are experiencing an MS exacerbation, your next step will be to identify strategies for managing the situation. This issue will help you and your children make it through this challenging time.

    15. Keep S’myelin: Issue 4 — Schools (.pdf)

      School is the backdrop for a very significant part of your child's life. Family and home issues are brought to the school environment just as school experiences influence home life. Use this issue of Keep S'myelin to help you talk with your child about his or her school experiences, especially as they relate to MS in the family.

    16. Keep S’myelin: Issue 5 — Family Life and MS (.pdf)

      This issue of Keep S'myelin is about families. You can use the articles and games to talk with your children about the ways MS has changed your family's routines or affected different members of the family.

    17. Keep S’myelin: Issue 7 — This Is About You (.pdf)

      This issue of Keep S’myelin is filled with stories by children who have a parent with MS. Their stories reflect the variability of the disease itself, providing you with the opportunity to remind your child(ren) that every person’s MS is different.

    18. Keep S’myelin: Issue 8 — MS Around the World (.pdf)

      In this issue of Keep S’myelin, your children will learn about the larger world of MS. Since families can sometimes feel very alone in their efforts to cope with the impact of MS, it may come as a surprise to learn that parents and children around the world are sharing this experience—and that MS Societies like ours are working to support their efforts.

    19. Keep S’myelin: Parent Supplement for Kids Activity Book (.pdf)

      Guide for parent accompanies the activity book for children. Includes tips on how to talk to younger children about MS and learn about MS as a family.

    20. Keep S'myelin: A newsletter about MS for children

      Keep S’myelin is a colorful, engaging, informative, and reassuring newsletter to help children and their parents talk and learn about MS together. Each issue is filled with stories, interviews, games, and activities that highlight a specific topic related to MS, as well as a special section just for parents.

    21. Keep S'myelin: Issue 1 — Intro to MS (.pdf)

      Parents often wonder how much to tell their children about MS. They worry that talking about the MS will be too frightening, too confusing, and too burdensome for the kids to handle. We wanted to make this newsletter available to children because we feel that accurate information, geared to a child's age and abilities, helps that child to understand and cope with changes MS may bring.

    22. Keep S'myelin: Issue 19A- Where is the Cure- For Children (.pdf)

      Where is the cure? Grownups are always saying "be patient". Do you ever wonder why it is taking so long? There are lots of reasons.

    23. Keep S'myelin: Issue 19B- Where is the Cure- For Parents (.pdf)

      Reasons to be hopeful for a cure.

    24. Keep S'myelin: Issue 2 — About MS and Feelings (.pdf)

      This issue of Keep S'myelin is all about feelings. As you share the stories and activities with your children, you might want to reflect on some of your own feelings and help your kids identify theirs. This is a chance to share and compare.

    25. Keep S'myelin: Issue 20 (.pdf)

      We don’t know exactly why, but we do know that a person with MS may have lots of energy at certain times of the day, but feel very tired at other times. We know that some people with MS have days or weeks or months when they feel better, and then days or weeks or months when they feel worse.

    26. Keep S'myelin: Issue 3 — About MS & Symptoms (.pdf)

      People with MS may notice that they are having trouble doing everyday things. These troubles and discomforts are called "symptoms."

    27. Kids Get MS Too: A Handbook for Parents Whose Child or Teen has MS (.pdf)

      This handbook is a guide for parents with a child or teen with MS.

    28. Making College Work for You (.pdf)

      There is a significant increase in requests for services from students with chronic diseases, like MS. This article explains how you can benefit from this change.

    29. Managing School-Related Issues: A Guide for Parents with a Child or Teen Living with MS (.pdf)

      This is a guide to help parents with a child or teen living with MS advocate for them at school or their learning environment.

    30. My MS and E (book)

      Kevin and Eleanor share an unbreakable father-daughter bond, even in the face of his ongoing struggles with multiple sclerosis. This story is a heartwarming tale of how they grow, learn, struggle, and celebrate life in their mantra of Never Stop… Never Quit…

    31. Off to College with MS (.pdf)

      This article explores how life at college with MS works with a little help from friends.

    32. Pediatric MS Program for Physicians (.pdf)

      This brochure on pediatric MS and the network of Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence has been developed as a tool to inform doctors, families and donors of the resources available to them.

    33. Plaintalk—A Booklet about MS for Families (.pdf)

      Discusses some of the more difficult physical and emotional problems many families face. By Sarah Minden, MD, and Debra Frankel, MS, OTR. (last updated August 2015)

    34. Promising MS Research - Recorded Webcast

      Promising MS Research to Repair, Protect and Restore the Nervous System. Moderator Kate Milliken and panelists Dr. Ben Barres, Dr. Jonah Chan, Dr. Timothy Coetzee and Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl. December 5, 2013

    35. Someone You Know has MS: A Book for Families (.pdf)

      For children, 5-12. A story about Michael and his family explains MS and explores children’s fears and concerns. Adapted by Martha King from original material by Cyrisse Jaffee, Debra Frankel, Barbara LaRoche, and Patricia Dick. (last updated February 2012)

    36. Students with MS and the Academic Setting: A Handbook for School Personnel (.pdf)

      This handbook for school personnel explores the unique challenges and fluctuating needs of students with MS.

    37. The Electrifying Story Of Multiple Sclerosis (book)

      Because Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that someone will live with for years, or even decades, it is important for family and friends to understand what the person is going through and learn how to give support.

    38. Timmy’s Journey to Understanding MS (DVD)

      Timmy’s Journey to Understanding MS is an animated cartoon that shares a little boy's adventure learning about MS. David Lander is the voice of Captain Kip S’myelin, Timmy’s guide on his journey. The cartoon is an excellent resource to talk with children about MS. Developed for children ages 5-12, but appropriate for all ages.

    39. When a Parent Has MS: A Teenagers Guide (.pdf)

      For older children and teenagers who have a parent with MS. Discusses real issues brought up by real teenagers. By Diane O’Connell with the Programs staff of the National MS Society. (Last updated July 2014)

    40. Your Education Rights as a Student with Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

      Every person has a right to strive for his or her education goals despite having a disability. This brochure explains the differences in rights and responsibilities both for students and the schools they attend. By Jan Potter, Pd.D. (last updated 2012)

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