What Motivates You To Stay Committed to Your RMS Therapy?

  • by  Laurie J.
  •   July 09, 2018

Laurie J. is a paid employee of Teva neuroscience, Inc.

Finding your inner motivation.

It can be a challenge to stay committed to a treatment for relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS). Symptoms of relapsing MS can be invisible, and, sometimes, treatment success is defined 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 always best to consult your health care provider before starting, changing or stopping a prescribed medication. 

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s S.E.A.R.C.H.TM guide is an education and advocacy tool based on research and recommendations from some of the world’s most experienced neurologists. It advises people with relapsing MS to start taking a disease-modifying therapy as early as possible following diagnosis. The statement goes on to say that, when you find a medicine that works for you, you should stay on it unless there is clear lack of benefit or intolerable side effects or a better medication becomes available.

Reviewing your personal and medical goals with your health care provider from time to time can help you stay commited to therapy. As a nurse I have found that just as each persons experience with RMS is unique, so is what motivates them. For some individuals, motivators are emotional, personal, and meaningful. For others, motivators are medical or scientific in nature. What motivates you to take your relapsing MS therapy as prescribed? There are probably as many answers to that question as there are people with MS. In other words, everyone has their own reasons for whether or not they stay committed to treatment. Do you know yours? I put together a list of a few motivators I have heard over the years. Is your motivator on my list?

  1. Taking care of myself.
  2. Friends and family.
  3. I want to help educate others about MS.
  4. To reduce the number of relapses I experience.
  5. A vision for my future.
  6. Pure determination.
  7. To reduce new damage within my central nervous system.
  8. Spirituality/Faith.
  9. I believe that I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
  10. I never give up.
  11. Shear willpower.

So, was your motivator listed? If not, leave us a comment sharing what it is that motivates you to stay committed to your RMS therapy… who knows, maybe I will add your motivator to my list! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember, if you want to stay up-to-date on the latest posts from Lift MS®, you can register here.

Laurie J.

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.

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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