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Newly Diagnosed

Access MS information and resources to help you make treatment decisions, protect your employment options and make connections with others.

Diagnosed in 2009


We're with you

If you, or a loved one, have recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) you may not even know where to begin. Chances are you’ve never heard about MS or know what this means in terms of the rest of your life.  You’re probably feeling overwhelmed, even a little scared, and possibly relief in finally knowing what to call all these strange symptoms you’ve been having. 

First off, we want you to know that life as you know it isn’t over.  MS is different for everyone and a diagnosis of MS now is very different from a diagnosis 10 or 15 years ago.  People with MS continue to work, live meaningful and impactful lives, do the things they love and have families. 

We want you to know you’re not alone.  The mission of the National MS Society is that people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.  We help you do that by addressing the challenges of living with MS through a variety of resources and support options, including:

Taking the first steps

Many people find it helpful to start by gathering the facts.  Learning as much as you can about MS and getting answers to the most common questions can help you prepare for what comes next.  You don’t have to figure everything out right now or make any sudden decisions about things you have planned. 
A great place to start is by downloading our Knowledge is Power program.  Knowledge is Power (KIP) is your introduction and guide to living with MS.  KIP focuses on the most important things you need to know through stories from people just like you who have been diagnosed with MS.  Check out the Knowledge is Power section of our website now for additional information, tools and stories specifically curated for people newly diagnosed like you.