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    1. Peer Counseling Program 

      Professionally trained peers (people with MS) are available to provide support and information to members facing difficult issues. Through support over the telephone or via email, the peers use their firsthand knowledge to help solve problems and develop coping strategies.

    2. MS First Connection Coordinator

      An MS diagnosis can be a confusing and frightening time for individuals and their families. Information, support, or someone to talk to is available at the Chapter.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. Connect with others on MSconnection.org

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

    6. 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.

    7. 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

    8. Pharmaceutical Financial Assistance Programs

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

    9. 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. What Is Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

      Symptoms, disease patterns, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and research efforts. (last updated November 2018)

    2. The MS Disease-Modifying Medications (.pdf)

      Comprehensive information on the disease-modifying treatments for multiple sclerosis. Includes how each is taken, side effects, benefits and available help. (last updated March 2019) Read more about other medications for symptom and relapse management. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the Society at 1-800-344-4867.

    3. "But You Look So Good"

      Coping with invisible MS symptoms. (last updated June 2016)

    4. Knowledge is Power (.pdf)

      Knowledge Is Power contains current and accurate information relevant for people facing a new diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), presented in a series of easy-to-understand topics.

    5. Connecting with Others Living with MS (.pdf)

      Outlines resources available from the National MS Society that can help you connect with others who share similar life experiences with MS. Choose from one-on-one conversations, group/social settings or online resources for your peer connections. (last updated August 2018)

    6. Working with MS (.pdf)

      General overview of the employment issues that might concern people newly diagnosed. (last updated April 2016)

    7. Top 10 List of MS Questions

      This call will address the most common questions and concerns facing individuals newly diagnosed with MS.

    8. Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies (book)

      MS for Dummies gives you easy to access, easy to understand information about what happens with MS—what kinds of symptoms it can cause, how it can affect your life at home and at work, what you can do to feel and function up to snuff, and how you can protect yourself and your family against the long-term unpredictability of the disease.

    9. The First Year—Multiple Sclerosis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (book)

      From the first moment of her diagnosis, author Margaret Blackstone took charge and educated herself on every aspect of her condition. Now, as a "patient-expert," she guides those newly diagnosed step-by-step through their first year with MS. She provides crucial information about the nature of the disease, treatment options, diet, exercise, social concerns, emotional issues, networking with others, and much more.

    10. Multiple Sclerosis: Just the Facts (.pdf)

      Frequently asked questions about MS and the National MS Society. (last updated July 2016)

    11. 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.

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

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

    13. MS and African-Americans: Diagnosis and Clinical Course (video)

      This video features a discussion with Mary Hughes, MD, and Walter Royal, MD, who talk about diagnosis and clinical courses for African-Americans with multiple sclerosis.

    14. 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.

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    17. Information for Employers (.pdf)

      For people to give to their employers if they decide to disclose their MS. (last updated April 2016)

    18. 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.

    19. History of Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

      MS from the Middle Ages to the present, highlighting Society presence since 1946. By Dr. Loren Rolak. (last updated September 2015)

    20. 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.

    21. MS in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers (video)

      This video is a resource for employers, featuring discussions about multiple sclerosis in the workplace.

    22. 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.

    23. Diagnosis—The Basic Facts (.pdf)

      Explains usual steps and tests. Includes how to prepare for an MRI. (last updated 2015)

    24. Disclosure: The Basic Facts (.pdf)

      Discusses whom, when, and how to tell in both personal and work situations; includes personal vignettes. (last updated 2014)

    25. Employment Matters: Managing MS in the Workplace Part 1(video)

      Part 1- Thinking Proactively About Employment

    26. La función cognitiva

    27. Employment Matters: Managing MS in the Workplace- Part 3 (video)

      Part 3- Disclosure in the Workplace

    28. Employment Matters: Managing MS in the Workplace Part 6 (video)

      Part 6- Assistive Technology and the Workplace

    29. Employment Matters: Managing MS in the Workplace Part 5 (video)

      Part 5- Managing Cognitive Challenges in the Workplace

    30. Employment Matters: Managing MS in the Workplace Part 4 (video)

      Part 4- Managing Fatigue in the Workplace

    31. Employment Matters: Managing MS in the Workplace Part 2 (video)

      Part 2- Recent Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    32. Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (book)

      Chapters discuss the nature of MS, its management, and guidelines for dealing with all aspects of the disease and its impact on your life. A chapter on services available from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a glossary, a list of resources, and additional reading suggestions make this the place to begin your education about MS.

    33. MS In Focus- Bladder and Bowel Edition (.pdf)

      This issue of MS in Focus is dedicated to elimination dysfunction; bladder and bowel problems.

    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. Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have — The Answers You Need (book)

      The thoroughly revised and updated fifth edition of the classic Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need continues to be the definitive guide for everyone concerned with this disease—those who have MS, those who share their lives with someone who has it, and all healthcare professionals involved with its management. It covers a wide range of topics in an accessible question and answer format that allows people to easily find the information they need.

    36. Momentum_Spring_2013.pdf

      The Spring 2013 issue of Momentum magazine, with a special bilingual feature on the Latino / Hispanic experience of living with MS.

    37. Momentum_Winter_2012-13.pdf

      The Winter 2012-13 issue of Momentum magazine. Features include "Not Your Friend's MS" and "The Pursuit of Happiness."

    38. Momentum_Summer_2013.pdf

      The Summer issue of Momentum, with features on disclosure and art therapy.

    39. Momentum_Fall_2012.pdf

      The Fall 2012 issue of Momentum, with a feature on families and MS.

    40. But You Look So Well…(DVD)

      This video focuses on several people newly diagnosed with MS who have no visible signs of the disease. This video will be of most value to those newly diagnosed by showing them that they might live with MS, but they can also have a career, a family, and, most important, a valuable life.

    41. 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.

    42. MS Connection Online Community

      MSconnection.org is an online community that provides the opportunity to connect with people involved in the MS movement and with valuable content, activities and resources.

    43. Coping with a Diagnosis of MS (video)

      Mary Hughes, MD, answers a viewer's question about her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and how to cope with the disease.

    44. Tests for Diagnosing MS (video)

      Mary Hughes, MD, answers a viewer's question about tests for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

    45. Getting a Second Opinion (video)

      Mary Hughes, MD, answers a viewer's question about getting a second opinion on a non-diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

    46. Why Does Someone Get MS? (video)

      Mary Hughes, MD, answers a viewer's question about why someone gets multiple sclerosis.

    47. Find Clinical Trials

      Clinical trials help to find solutions for everyone affected by MS. Find studies near you.

    48. Clear Thinking About Alternative Therapies (.pdf)

      Facts and common misconceptions, plus practical ways to evaluate benefits and risks. By Virginia Foster. (last updated August 2011)

    49. Multiple Sclerosis: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier (book)

      From basic principles to unique solutions for saving time and energy to specific ideas, this book is packed with helpful information for those coping with the special challenges of a chronic illness. Updated chapters cover Home Safety and Accessibility, Computers and Technology, Looking Good, Feeling Better - Grooming and Dressing, Managing Mealtime, and much more.

    50. When the Diagnosis Is Multiple Sclerosis (book)

      For all people dealing with a personal or family diagnosis now, the author offers help, hope and insights by explaining all the medical perspectives, but also reflecting on her own personal experiences after diagnosis.

    51. Choosing the Right Health-Care Provider (.pdf)

      Outlines some steps people with MS should take when choosing a healthcare provider—and explains how professionals come to be listed on chapters’ referral lists. (last updated February 2013)

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