Living With Multiple Sclerosis

Did you know that women are three times more likely than men to get multiple sclerosis (MS)? And, while people most often think of the physical symptoms of MS, many women living with the disease experience mental effects as well.

“Depression, stress and low self-esteem are more common among women with MS,” said Gayle Lewis, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and board-certified psychoanalyst who serves as a National MS Society Partner in Care. In our story, “Beyond the Physical: How MS Affects Your Life” we explore this critical topic and offer resources to find the support you need.

The good news: While an MS diagnosis is scary, there are treatment options and support groups to help you navigate day-to-day life. As Candice Morgan explained to HealthyWomen, “MS is not a death sentence. You can have a family, you can have a career. You can flourish. I’m living proof of that.”

In our new MS education program, we break down what you need to know about this autoimmune disease, from risk factors and symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

This resource was created with support from Bristol Myers Squibb.

Multiple Sclerosis: What to Expect From Diagnosis to Treatment

Esclerosis múltiple: Qué esperar desde el diagnóstico hasta el tratamiento

Beyond the Physical: How MS Affects Your Life

Más allá de lo físico: En qué forma afecta su vida la esclerosis múltiple

Multiple Sclerosis Education Program

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the nervous system. The immune system attacks myelin, the outer protective layer of the brain’s nerve fibers, cutting off communication between the brain and the body, leading to physical damage throughout the body. At least two to three times more women than men are being diagnosed with the disease. The diagnosis process can be challenging and support is important when managing MS. For more information, be sure to contact your healthcare provider and visit the links provided below.

HealthyWomen Resources

Multiple Sclerosis: What to Expect From Diagnosis to TreatmentBeyond the Physical: How MS Affects Your LifeMS Support Group FinderWhat You Need to Know about Multiple SclerosisImportant Questions to Ask about Multiple Sclerosis

Additional Resources

National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyMultiple Sclerosis Association of AmericaMultiple Sclerosis Foundation

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