5 Tips for Building Relationships While Living with RMS
- by Toni F.
- November 20, 2017
Toni F. is a paid employee of Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Living with relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) can place extra demands on relationships and partnerships. Dealing with the effects of RMS may require some adjustments as each person, and each couple, begins to create a “new normal.” Having an illness can often take a toll on relationships, but with patience and commitment, there are ways in which you and your partner can maintain and grow your relationship.
- Keep balance in the relationship. It is critical to be equals on the same team, so trade tasks and responsibilities when possible.
- Communicate. Be clear and direct about your wants, needs and desires. Share your ups and downs, your thoughts, feelings and fears. Remember, no matter how in tune each of you is, neither of you can read minds. Open communication between partners can lead to a greater feeling of closeness.
- Show appreciation. Regularly praise each other. Kind words of appreciation and admiration can help avoid feelings of being taken for granted.
- Educate. Take time to educate your family and friends about RMS and talk about how it affects all of your lives.
- Maintain romance. Romance is good for keeping the relationship strong. Romance can be found in the smallest acts. Hugs and kisses, or a whispered “I love you” can go a long way towards keeping romance alive.
Protect your relationship from difficult times by creating positive connections that foster positive sentiments. Small actions that can help create positive energy include eating meals together, reuniting at the end of the day to talk about your days, or a quick phone call or text just to say hello. Remember to take time, you are in this together!
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About The Author
Toni F., RN, BSN, MSCN, works as a Shared Solutions® multiple sclerosis certified call center Nurse and has 10 years of nursing experience.