Understanding RMS Resources for You and Your Care Partner
- by Mina K.
- August 28, 2017
Mina K. is a paid employee of Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
"Knowledge is the antidote to fear." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Living with a chronic disease, like multiple sclerosis, often comes with many questions and it is important to recognize that sound decisions rely on the quality of the information. It can help to be familiar with the education and resources available to those affected by multiple sclerosis. I encourage everyone whose life has been touched by MS to go out there and learn about what’s available; the organizations devoted to supporting MS are plenty. Below, I have highlighted some offerings from just two of the many organizations.
Some of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s (NMSS) highlighted offerings are:
- MS chapters: To find one closer to home just enter your zip code and state, and you will find a list of what is going on in your own community. (i.e., local events, friends, help and support)
- Newsletters: Register for free newsletters right from the comfort of your home. It can be helpful to stay abreast of news related to MS and connect with others in the MS movement.
- Insurance & financial information: Whether you simply need to stay in financial shape or you’re struggling financially as a result of MS, the NMSS provides information and resources to people with MS about staying financially secure. It provides guidance on knowing how to take best advantage of your health coverage options and needs, staying insured when circumstances change, and planning for your future needs.
Some of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s (MSAA) highlighted offerings are:
- Educational videos, publications and magazines: Through a wide array of print, electronic, and web-based formats, the MSAA provides current and easy-to-understand information printed in full color, with large print and interesting photos.
- Safety and mobility equipment distribution: The MSAA Equipment Distribution Program offers those living with MS home safety products such as shower chairs and grab bars, as well as mobility devices including canes, walkers, and wheelchairs at no charge, and ships them directly to your home.
- Cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals: The MSAA Cooling Program offers cooling vests and accessories for adults with multiple sclerosis, as well as smaller products to wear under clothing, to help cool the neck, wrists and ankles.
- Lending library: This program offers a comprehensive selection of books and a variety of DVDs that address disease and symptom management, wellness, personal stories from people living with MS, care partner issues, and many other important topics.
Knowing what’s offered by organizations that support and educate individuals about multiple sclerosis is important. There are many options out there, all offering different types of resources, like Teva’s patient services program, Shared Solutions®. I encourage everyone whose life has been impacted by MS to seek out a resource or service that is right for them.
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Shared Solutions® Clinical Nurse Educator
Mina K., RN, MSN, MSCN, is an MS Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Nurse Educator working at Teva’s Shared Solutions®. She has specialized in multiple sclerosis for four years and has 17 years of nursing experience.
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Travis | August 29, 2017I have ms
Cathy | September 03, 2017I've had MS for a few years now. I am very grateful to have found this website. I actually found it on F/B. I never knew it existed. Very helpful.
Teva's Lift MS® Team | September 04, 2017That's great to hear, Cathy! You might also like this blog post: https://liftms.com/education/ms-and-exercise. We wish you the best!
Kandy Broussard | October 07, 2017Thanks for this info, I also received it in F/B. Diagnosed 14 years ago. I am medically disabled due to my disease...Thanks so much...for caring!!!
Teva's Lift MS® Team | October 09, 2017You might benefit from reading this post titled Tips From a Doctor: 8 Ideas for Managing Life with MS, Kandy. Check it out at https://www.liftms.com/motivation/doctor-living-with-ms.