The National MS Society is proud to offer seven online courses to enhance the programs and educational opportunities offered at chapters around the nation. The courses provide on-demand information that can be accessed at your convenience. These online courses bring interactive and immediate information to you when, and where, you want it.
Course completion times average from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the amount of information and interaction you prefer. In fact, it is recommended that you complete the classes at your leisure and not all in one sitting. In some cases, you may be seeking specific information. At these times using the course menu and going immediately to the topic may be preferable.
The My Life, My MS, My Decisions online program is a four module series of online classes that provides learners with the skills and resources to enhance their decision-making abilities on topics important to their health care.
Teaming Up with Your Healthcare Providers—2 hours
As the first segment of My Life, My MS, My Decisions, this course focuses on communicating and working with your healthcare team. A good relationship with your healthcare providers is the basis for all of the medical decisions you will have to make.
Navigating the Medication Maze—4 hours
In this course, you will learn about some of the available medications and why doctors choose to prescribe them. You will also get a chance to practice analyzing the risks/adverse effects and benefits of medications, accounting for things such as medication side effects and costs. You will have the opportunity to use a decision map to help you objectively review information and reach some conclusions about which medications might be best for you.
Considering Clinical Trials—3 hours
Many people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis are interested in participating in a clinical trial for a variety of reasons. However, before you make such a big decision, you should be familiar with how clinical trials work, how people with MS are selected for participation, and what you can expect if you are accepted into a clinical trial.
Achieving Optimal Wellness—3 hours
As the last class in the My Life, My MS, My Decisions series, this course presents wellness from a holistic point of view, not just exercise and diet. Success in achieving a goal will help you go on to achieve others, taking you beyond the limitations MS may try to impose and empowering you to achieve balance in all areas of your life—physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social.
Additional online classes include:
Intimacy: Enriching Your Relationship—4 hours
Intimacy and sexuality are sensitive issues for most people, but when you or someone you love has MS, there may be even more complications. It helps to know that there are ways you can manage problems and improve communication and you can do that through the interactive scenarios and worksheets included throughout the course.
Adapting: Financial Planning for a Life with MS…Together—3 hours
A large part of navigating MS is managing your money and planning wisely for your future and it’s never too early to begin evaluating your income, assets, debts, benefits, and other resources. This online course provides information and strategies to help couples (and families) plan wisely for the future and meet financial challenges that often accompany life with MS.
Career Decisions: Relationship Matters—4 hours
Living with MS is about transition, but with knowledge, you can find a path where you can continue to demonstrate your experience, talent, and passion. This class focuses on the person with MS, but emphasizes the experience a couple may face when dealing with these life-changing decisions together.