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    1. Intimacy and Sexuality (.pdf)

      MS can affect sexuality, both directly and indirectly, but problems can be resolved or minimized. By Rosalind Kalb, PhD. (last updated February 2012)

    2. MS and Pregnancy (.pdf)

      Covers pregnancy, delivery, nursing, hormones, and questions about the disease-modifying drugs. (last updated May 2006)

    3. Hiring Help at Home (.pdf)

      Checklists and worksheets for people who need help at home. Forms for a needs assessment, job description, and employment contract. (last updated 2014)

    4. 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)

    5. 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)

    6. 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)

    7. Parenting with MS (video)

      This video features Deborah M. Miller, PhD, who talks about parenting and having multiple sclerosis.

    8. MS & Pregnancy: Kara's Story Part 1 (video)

      This video features part one of a discussion about pregnancy and multiple sclerosis.

    9. MS & Pregnancy: Kara's Story Part 2 (video)

      This video features part two of a discussion about pregnancy and multiple sclerosis.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

    15. Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis

      The National MS Society is collaborating with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs MS Centers of Excellence to support improved care and support services for veterans with multiple sclerosis and their families.

    16. "Building a Community of Support" recorded teleconference

      Original Air Date: December 1, 2011

    17. "Intimacy & MS" recorded teleconference

      Original Air Date: Presenter: Pat Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN This teleconference discusses intimacy and sexual function in people with MS.

    18. "Intimacy and Family Planning" recorded teleconference

      Learn helpful tools and strategies to work around some of the barriers MS can create for couples related to intimacy and family planning.

    19. "Managing MS as a Family" recorded teleconference

      Learn strategies for supporting the family as a whole, including communication within the family, talking to kids about MS and navigating parenting challenges while living with MS.

    20. "Mothers (and aspiring mothers) with MS" recorded teleconference

      MS is more prevalent in women of childbearing age than in any other group. This teleconference discusses the impact of MS on pregnancy and reproductive issues. Featuring Dr. Sylvia Lucas, clinical professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine at University of Washington Medical Center.

    21. "MS in the Family" recorded teleconference

      Improving or maintaining family function is important to helping you, your partner and your children adapt to life with MS. When one member of a family has MS, it's important that the entire family learn how to live with it. In this teleconference you'll learn the tools to maintain stability in your family and communicate freely and effectively about MS.

    22. "Talking with Friends and Family about MS" recorded teleconference

      Learn and gain new strategies to talk with your loved ones about multiple sclerosis. Featuring Allison Shadday, medical clinical social worker and author of "MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis".

    23. "Who Cares for the Caregiver?" recorded teleconference

      Hear the stories of two families affected by MS from the caregiver's perspective, as they share tips and strategies to maintain the needs and well-being of each family member.

    24. "Communication Tools for Maintaining Good Relationships" recorded teleconference

      Original Air Date: February 6, 2014 During this teleconference, Catherine Freemire, LCSW, shared Tools for Creating Positive Emotion within Relationships, Tools for Making Requests vs. Making Complaints and Tools for Making Repairs in Relationships When Conflict Arises.

    25. Everyday Matters

      Everyone has their own idea of their best life. For people living with multiple sclerosis, the idea of that “best life” can change due to the challenges of having a chronic, unpredictable and lifelong disease. The National MS Society’s Everyday Matters, supported by Genzyme, a Sanofi company, was an interactive national project that uncovered stories of real people facing the everyday challenges that MS can bring on the path to one’s best life.

    26. Live Fully, Live Well

      Managing your health and wellness is an integral part of "living well" with MS. Live Fully, Live Well is a comprehensive wellness program from the National MS Society and Can Do MS, designed for people living with MS and their support partners. Live Fully, Live Well covers topics affecting the whole family living with MS in order to strengthen relationships, increase understanding and promote improved health and quality of life.

    27. 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.

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