You don’t have to become an MS expert, but understanding a little about the basics will give you more confidence to support your loved one with MS.
The unpredictability of MS is one of the challenges that your loved one will face. Planning for possible outcomes, including emergencies, can help you continue running your life as smoothly as possible and give you a sense of security.
Remain open to change so you can overcome the obstacles when MS symptoms change unexpectedly.
Some of the most challenging MS symptoms to manage are the ones you cannot see. Fatigue, pain and memory loss or thinking problems can be easily misunderstood.
Familiarise yourself with the support and services available to you and seek out the benefits you’re entitled to.
Discuss issues or outcomes but remember to respect the feeling of others and be prepared to face a range of emotions, such as fear, anger, grief, blame, depression and denial.
Consider some changes that will make household and personal tasks easier and help out with the little things when you can, without taking away your loved one’s independence.