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    1. Peer Connection

      Peer Connection provides emotional and social support for people and families affected by MS from someone living with MS.

    2. Join a Group or Discussion

      Looking to connect with other caregivers, family members, or people affected by MS? Self-help groups bring people together who share common life experiences for support, education and mutual aid.

    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®

      MSFriends®connects you with a supportive, empathetic volunteer who understands life with MS and can say, “I've been there, too.” MSFriends meet for up to six months via phone, email or video calls based on your preference. Click here to learn more about MSFriends connection opportunity.

    5. Pharmaceutical Financial Assistance Programs

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


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    1. Carepartner Support Resources

      These organizations offer support and information to family carepartners.

    2. Como escoger un profesional de salud (.pdf)

      La esclerosis múltiple es una enfermedad de toda la vida, por lo que es sumamente importante que usted se sienta cómodo con el profesional que atiende su esclerosis múltiple y que sea su aliado en su cuidado.

    3. United Way 2-1-1

      United Way works in partnership with businesses, volunteers, community organizations, and leaders to tackle critical issues facing children, youth and families.

    4. Center for Independent Living Central Florida

      Disabilities can enter your life at any time…not just at birth. They affect people of all ages and backgrounds — including 166,000 Central Floridians. For them — and for others yet to come — the Center for Independent Living in Central Florida (CIL) is a trusted, dependable source for education, resources and training to empower people with disabilities and promote their full inclusion in society.

    5. Assistance Fund

      Co-pays. Deductibles. Insurance Premiums. Call them what you will, they often stand between access to greatly needed medications and the patients who desperately need them. And although a disease may be chronic, the inability to access life-giving medications shouldn’t be. The Assistance Fund provides financial support to patients who are critically or chronically ill in order for them to receive their life-saving, high-cost medications.

    6. Self Reliance

      Self Reliance, Inc. Center for Independent Living (CIL) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1978. Its mission is to promote independence through empowering persons with disabilities and improving the communities in which we live. Self Reliance is a cross disability agency providing services to both children and adults with disabilities (regardless of age and type of disability) to identify and overcome barriers to independence in their lives.

    7. Southeast Region Lending Library

      In support of our mission, we provide free access to accurate, current, and comprehensive information to people with MS, family members, caregivers and health professionals through the South East Regional Lending Library. Books, DVDs, and CDs are available on a variety of topics including symptom management, emotional health, exercise, family support, disease information, and more.

    8. Cómo solicitar beneficios por discapacidad del Seguro Social

      Guía para las personas con esclerosis múltiple y sus profesionales de atención médica.

    9. Información bilingüe sobre la esclerosis múltiple

      Información sobre la esclerosis múltiple en inglés y español.

    10. Aging and MS

      This video features a discussion with George Kraft, MD, who talks about aging and multiple sclerosis.

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

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

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

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

    13. What Is Multiple Sclerosis? (.pdf)

      Symptoms, disease patterns, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and research efforts.

    14. Research Directions in MS: Strategies and Progress (.pdf)

      Explains the Society’s comprehensive research approaches to stopping MS in its tracks, restoring what’s been lost, and ending MS forever. For nonscientists.

    15. 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.

    16. MS and the Black Community (.pdf)

      It is a myth that the Black community doesn't get MS. Become engaged with programs and resources supporting optimal care and living well with MS.

    17. Minimizing Your Risk of Falls (.pdf)

      Identifies risk factors for falling and strategies to reduce those risks.

    18. Intimacy and Sexuality (.pdf)

      MS can affect sexuality, both directly and indirectly, but problems can be resolved or minimized. By Rosalind Kalb, PhD.

    19. Mood & Cognition in MS: [What you can do] (video & DVD)

      Our understanding of the role that cognition and mood play in a person’s experience of multiple sclerosis has expanded dramatically in recent years. Learn why and how people with MS experience changes in mood and cognitive functioning, and the latest information on how these symptoms can be addressed—from physical activity, medications and counseling to self-management strategies.

    20. Caring for Loved Ones with Advanced MS - A Guide for Families (.pdf)

      This booklet is designed for families who are caring for a person with advanced Multiple Sclerosis.

    21. 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.

    22. At Home with MS — Adapting Your Environment (.pdf)

      Modify a house or apartment to save energy, compensate for reduced vision or mobility, and live comfortably when MS is severe. Many do-it-yourself changes. By Jane E. Harmon, OTR.

    23. A Guide for Support Partners (.pdf)

      Practical issues faced by caregivers. Includes resource list. By Tanya Radford.

    24. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    25. National Team Recognition Program (.pdf)

      The more you raise - the more you earn! There is no limit to what’s possible, so set your National Team fundraising goal high. Our National Team Recognition Program was developed to keep your team motivated.

    26. 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.

    27. From a Loved One's Perspective: Depression (video)

      Partners and family members of people with MS may experience normal grieving and other emotional changes, including depression.

    28. TLC for MS Caregivers (book)

      TLC for MS Caregivers can help the readers get through the first uncertain and difficult days of adjustment, as well as ease the frustration through the various stages of multiple sclerosis and possible future exacerbations as time goes on.

    29. Getting There: Staying Mobile with MS Part 3 (video)

      This video features a discussion on strategies for mobility for people with multiple sclerosis, including automobile modifications.

    30. Getting There: Staying Mobile with MS Part 2 (video)

      A comprehensive look at mobility and MS with tips on managing fatigue and spasticity as well as a look at future trends in technology and mobility assistance.

    31. Stress and MS: Relaxation Techniques (video)

      This video features an interview with Fred Foley, PhD, who discusses stress, depression, and anxiety and multiple sclerosis and techniques for dealing with stress.

    32. Stress and MS: What We Know (video)

      This video features an interview with Fred Foley, PhD, who discusses stress and multiple sclerosis.

    33. Healthy Living with MS Featuring Clay Walker Part 3 (video)

      This video features part three of a three-part series of discussion with country music star Clay Walker, who talks about living with multiple sclerosis.

    34. Healthy Living with MS Featuring Clay Walker Part 2 (video)

      This video features part two of a three-part series of discussion with country music star Clay Walker, who talks about living with multiple sclerosis.

    35. Healthy Living with MS Featuring Clay Walker Part 1 (video)

      This video features part one of a three-part series of discussion with country music star Clay Walker, who talks about living with multiple sclerosis.

    36. 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.

    37. Multiple Sclerosis and Smoking

      To date, few modifiable risk factors have been found to influence the development or course of MS. Cigarette smoking – which can cause serious health issues including lung cancer, increased risk of infections, and heart disease, and is the primary cause of preventable death in the United States – has also been identified as a risk factor in the development and progression of MS.

    38. Depression In MS

    39. MS and Carepartnership - Tips and Inspiration (video)

      Carepartnerships in MS thrive through openness in communication, and finding balance through intentional adjustment.

    40. Parents with MS - Tips and Inspiration (video)

      We often have a picture in our head of what an ideal mom or dad looks and acts like, but parenting can take all shapes. Parents with MS and their children thrive through openness, understanding, love and security -- and you can provide that whether standing up or sitting down. Take care of yourself (manage symptoms and disease) to position yourself for as much involvement with your child(ren) as you want.

    41. Know Your Rights: A Legal Guide for People Living with MS (.pdf)

      Easy to read Q & A format containing information on employment, SSDI, family law, insurance, and more. Offers resources in each chapter, form letters and helpful guides for navigating legal difficulties.

    42. Pediatric MS: Understanding for Today, HOPE for Tomorrow Part 1 (video)

      This video features part one of a three-part series focusing on pediatric multiple sclerosis.

    43. Pediatric MS: Understanding for Today, HOPE for Tomorrow Part 2

      This video features part two of a three-part series focusing on pediatric multiple sclerosis.

    44. 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.

    45. 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.

    46. Review of Regular Medications and Supplements (.pdf)

      A form to help people keep track of their prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies, herbals, vitamins, or other dietary supplements.

    47. 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

    48. Maximizing Independence: A Guide to Planning for Changing MS Care Needs (.pdf)

      A guide to help families anticipate and plan for the future to assure loved ones living with MS will receive the support and assistance they need to manage their disease and lead full and enriching lives.

    49. MS Navigator (.pdf)

      Finding answers and making sound decisions relies on having the right information at the right time. That’s what the National MS Society provides — answers to your questions and access to information about the options available to you.

    50. Trials-Funded-by-National-MS-Society (.pdf)

      Trials funded by the National MS Society as of September 2013.

    51. 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.

    52. Staying Mobile

      Staying Mobile can be accomplished through effective symptom management, the use of mobility aids, automobile adaptations and the use of assistance animals.

    53. 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.

    54. Fair Housing Rights of Seniors with Disabilities: What Seniors and Their Families Need to Know (book)

      This is a resource published by the John Marshall Law School, available for free download. It discusses housing rights of senior citizens with disabilities.

    55. Funding the Cure: Helping a Loved One with MS through Charitable Giving to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (book)

      Funding the Cure: Helping a Loved One with MS through Charitable Giving to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is an elegant, noteworthy book that instructs the reader on using charitable giving strategies for loved ones with multiple sclerosis.

    56. Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts And Bolts Guide For Wheelers And Slow Walkers (book)

      Authored by the editor of the leading travel magazine for people with disabilities, Emerging Horizons, this second edition of Barrier-Free Travel continues to be the definitive guide to accessible travel for those who use a wheelchair, walker or cane, or have any physical ailment that may slow down their gait.

    57. Lean on Me: 10 Powerful Steps to Moving Beyond Your Diagnosis and Taking Back Your Life (book)

      In the face of a medical crisis, Lean on Me shows how to navigate the healthcare waters, find hope, take positive action, and celebrate progress—and supplies authoritative information that can save your life or the life of a loved one.

    58. A Family Caregiver Speaks Up (book)

      Full of advice for family caregivers, this one-of-a-kind book written by a family caregiver provides lessons from family caregivers across the country, tips for interacting with the healthcare system to better meet the needs of families dealing with chronic illness, and a cogent presentation of how public policy has a profound effect on even the most intimate details of life in caregiving families.

    59. The Comfort of Home, Multiple Sclerosis Edition: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide for Caregivers (book)

      In collaboration with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Meyer’s new book, The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide for Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers, reviews caregiving options and discusses the financial and legal decisions you may encounter.

    60. Clinical Trials in MS

      Large Phase 3 trials in RR MS. Updated September 2013. Abbreviations Key: AAN – American Academy of Neurology. CIS – Clinically Isolated Syndrome.

    61. Momentum Article: What causes MS?

      What puts people more at risk of getting MS — do smokers get it more than nonsmokers? What protects people from getting MS — sun exposure? What contributes to or prevents disease progression? Epidemiologists look at all people with a disease, and the end goal is to identify a cause and cure.

    62. Summary Evaluation Charts (.pdf)

      This document provides an assessment of the National MS Society's operations and research portfolio.

    63. How We Will Stop MS (.pdf)

      This document explores how potential MS therapies in development (and newly in existence) are changing the treatment of MS.

    64. Timeline of MS Research (.pdf)

      This timeline highlights a selection of major landmarks in research into MS and the launch of programs to propel this research forward.

    65. Keep S’myelin: Issue 6 — Tools Can Make Life with MS Easier

      any people with MS use different types of tools or gadgets to help them move about, have fun, and do everyday activities. Perhaps your mom or dad has made changes to your house to make it easier and safer to get around. All of these things can be very helpful for someone with MS, but some may seem strange at first.

    66. MS CDMRP Funding (.pdf)

      This position statement paper, produced by the National MS Society, asks Congress to appropriate $10 million in 2014 for the Multiple Sclerosis Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

    67. Society Response to Evaluation (.pdf)

      Learn about the National MS Society's view regarding Philanthropy Advisory Service's philosophy regarding intellectual property.

    68. How We Will End MS (.pdf)

      This document reviews how the National MS Society aggressively pursues studies to identify all common MS-related genes and continue fighting toward ending MS.

    69. How We Will Restore Function (.pdf)

      This document explores how the National MS Society is working to further research and create strategies to repair the nervous system and restore function to people with MS.

    70. Tecfidera Appeal Letter & Abstracts (.pdf)

      This document includes a letter of appeal for MS patients who may have been denied coverage, as well as supporting facts and information.

    71. Lyrica Appeal Letter & Abstract (.pdf)

      This document includes a form letter for MS patients who may have been denied coverage of Lyrica, as well as supporting abstracts.

    72. Gilenya Appeal Letter & Abstract (.pdf)

      This document includes a form letter for MS patients who may have been denied coverage of Gilenya, as well as supporting abstracts.

    73. Ampyra Appeal Letter & Abstracts

      This document includes a form letter for MS patients who may have been denied coverage of Ampyra, as well as supporting abstracts.

    74. Society Research Efforts in Progressive MS (.pdf)

      Progressive MS is a focus of the National MS Society’s Strategic Response to MS. MS progression can be slow or it can be fast, but it occurs in many of those who have the disease, even in people successfully treated for relapses.

    75. Health Care Reform Principles (.pdf)

      America’s health care crisis prevents many people with MS from living as powerfully as they could. In response, the National MS Society is relentlessly working to shape the health policies of tomorrow.

    76. Xconomy (Oct.. 2012) (.pdf)

      Nonprofit Fundraisers. The new power players in drug R&D are wearing bright T-shirts.

    77. Cavallo Treatment Update (.pdf)

      Since 1993 the U.S. FDA has approved several medications for use in MS. For the first time, we have the ability to reduce disease activity for many people with MS.

    78. Research-America MS Fact Sheet (.pdf)

      This fact sheet explores MS, research and hopes for the future.

    79. Changes to Job-based Insurance Coverage (.pdf)

      This is an Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet that explains changes to job-based insurance coverage.

    80. Changes to Medicare (.pdf)

      This is an Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet that details changes to Medicare.

    81. Buying Individual Insurance (.pdf)

      This is an Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet exploring that act of buying individual insurance.

    82. Key Considerations for Choosing a Health Plan (.pdf)

      Virtually everyone in the United States will face choices about selecting and enrolling in a health insurance plan at different times in their lives. If you or a loved one is living with MS, you know these choices can have significant impact on your personal and family finances as well as your access to health care.

    83. Society-issued Letter to 60 Minutes (.pdf)

      Society-issued letter to 60 Minutes regarding a misleading broadcast.

    84. Joint Conference on Primary-Progressive MS Focuses on Unmet Needs (.pdf)

      Distinct differences and specific needs characterize people living with primary progressive MS. The Society and the MS Association of America are striving to meet more of these needs by working together.

    85. Current Research Projects Funded by the NMSS

      List of Current Research Projects Funded by the National MS Society

    86. Guidelines for the Outside Meeting Support Program (.pdf)

      This document provides guidelines for the National MS Society's support of meetings, workshops and conferences.

    87. Our Strategic Response (.pdf)

      This white paper reflects key information gathered from all audiences and was used to inform the development of the National MS Society's Strategic Response for 2011-2015.

    88. Strategic Response to MS (.pdf)

      This brochure outlines the National MS Society's goals as an organization.

    89. National MS Society Fact Sheet (.pdf)

      This fact sheet explains about Multiple Sclerosis and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    90. Federal Advocacy (.pdf)

      The surest indicator and best tool of an MS activist is information. We will arm you with what you need to fully understand activism and the issues. Here's a brochure about Federal Advocacy (please read and share it!).

    91. Planning for a Life with MS (video)

      This video features Dorothy Northrop, MSW, ACSW, who talks about life planning for a person with multiple sclerosis.

    92. Family Planning with MS (video)

      This video features a discussion with A.D. Sadovnick, PhD, who talks about family planning for a person with multiple sclerosis.

    93. Sex and Intimacy (video)

      This video features a discussion with Rosalind Kalb, PhD, who talks about intimacy and multiple sclerosis.

    94. MS in a Personal Relationship (video)

      This video features Deborah M. Miller, PhD, who discusses how multiple sclerosis can affect a personal relationship.

    95. Pediatric MS: Self-Advocacy and the Healthcare Team (video)

      This video features a discussion with Maria Milazzo, NP, CPNP, who talks about pediatric multiple sclerosis.

    96. MS: A Family Adjustment (video)

      This video features a clinical psychologist, who talks about how a family can make adjustments when a member has multiple sclerosis.


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