How Relationships Change When You Are Diagnosed with MS

Vicki Health Guide
  • What was the biggest surprise in any of your personal relationships, once you knew you had MS?

    We often depend on relationships to maintain our emotional and mental well-being. When MS enters our lives, relationships change. Our families, including extended families, are forever different than they were before. How family members react to us as well as our response to them, is somehow shadowed by the disease. We somehow relate differently, even with strangers. We assume every store clerk and waiter and even man-on-the-street looks at us somehow knowing there is a defect in our nervous system. It's as if MS is tattooed on our foreheads.

    I have written this month
    about some relationships that may change after MS becomes a factor. I discussed how relationships with teen children, grandkids, caregivers and co-workers are impacted just by the introduction of this condition.


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    The question this week is: What was the biggest surprise in any of your personal relationships, once you knew you had MS?

    Thinking of all the relationships that add to your life, is there one that changed more than others since your diagnosis? Any that you expected to change, but it didn't?
Published On: June 28, 2010