To those of you who have been diagnosed with MS or know someone that has please read this!
I’ve either met or have had friends of mine come to me lately that have had someone in their life that was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The first thing I try to do is encourage them is that it’s ok! I understand that being told you have a life-long condition, which you don’t know much about, can be scary. But, take a deep breath and know that the MS world isn’t like what it was even 10 years ago. Now, there is a long list of treatment options!
My first tip is to find a neurologist that you like. You need to have someone that will listen to you and want to find a treatment that will keep your MS under control. I know that seems like a no-brainer, but, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Remember, this is your health!
My other tip is once you and your neurologist decide on a treatment, look that medicine up online. Do some research on it and find out if they have any copay assistance programs. The medicines can be extremely expensive! However, most of the medicine companies are willing to help you pay for them. It’s just a matter of calling and telling them that you are about to start on treatment. They will take it from there. I will never forget this girl that I met during one of my infusion treatments that had been scrapping up money each month just to get her treatment when the same company was paying for mine! No one had told her about the assistance program, which is why I try to always mention it!
Lastly, don’t be so overcome with reading that it gets you down. There are plenty of people out there that have been living with MS for a long time and are doing great!