What Motivates You To Stay Committed to Your RMS Therapy?

  • by  Laurie J.
  •   April 01, 2019

Laurie J. is a paid employee of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Staying on your prescribed treatment for relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) can be challenging, but is important. Symptoms of RMS can often be invisible—that is why treatment success could be determined by simply having things stay the same. Measuring progress can be difficult and there are various therapy goals to consider. That’s why it is important to talk with your healthcare provider before starting, changing, or stopping a prescribed medication.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s S.E.A.R.C.H.™ guide is an education and advocacy tool based on research and recommendations from experienced neurologists. It advises people with RMS to start taking a disease-modifying therapy as prescribed as early as possible following diagnosis. After being prescribed a medicine that works for you, it's important to stay committed to therapy. Talk to your healthcare provider if you think it may not be helping or you experience side effects. As a nurse, I have found that everyone’s experience with RMS is unique, and so is what motivates them. For some, motivators are emotional, personal, and meaningful. For others, motivators are medical or scientific in nature. Everyone has their own reasons for staying committed to their RMS treatment. I put together a list of a few motivators I have heard over the years.

  1. Self-care.
  2. Friends and family.
  3. Spirituality/Faith.
  4. Educating others.
  5. Pure determination and personal willpower.
  6. Experiencing reduced relapses.

Was your motivator on my list? If not, leave us a comment sharing what motivates you to stay committed to your RMS therapy. For more motivation, register for updates from Lift MS®.

Laurie J.

Teva’s Shared Solutions® Nurse

About The Author

Laurie J., RN, MSCN is an MS-Certified Nurse working at Teva’s Shared Solutions® with 40 years of nursing experience, 10 of those years focused solely on MS.

COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.

Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.

See Important Safety Information below and full Prescribing Information for Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate Injection).

COP-46119 August 2019
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9 Comment(s)
  • albert | June 11, 2017
    For me it is fear of the unknown.
  • Lisa | June 15, 2017
    I am thankful, if I have to have RMS, medicine has come a long way.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | June 19, 2017
      We wish you the best, Lisa.
  • Tina T | May 16, 2018
    All the above, family, faith, self determination
  • Ginny Geier | July 26, 2018
    I need to travel by plane next month to be with my oldest son who is having surgery. I need to go but I know this will be stressful.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 27, 2018
      We understand living with MS adds extra challenges to life, Ginny. We’re so glad you’re here and hope you find helpful support.
  • Donna | March 12, 2019
    For me it's fear I will loose my eyesight again and not knowing future problems-- I was 65 when diagnosed a few years ago!
  • Brian | March 12, 2019
    I swim at the YMCA water is the best therapy
  • Joe | March 12, 2019
    My assistant dog is another motivator for me, I have to get up at 5 in the morning to let him outside then feed him walk him at least twice a day, play with him, some grooming, vet visits, just take care of him because he takes care of me.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | March 13, 2019
      Thank you for sharing and being a part of what makes this community great, Joe.
  • john | March 13, 2019
    never give up
  • Joan | March 19, 2019
    To stay healthy so I will be able to keep taking care of my handicapped daughter