Many more people than just the patient are affected when an individual is diagnosed with MS. Caregivers shoulder a portion of the burden, and being the spouse or partner of an MS patient is never easy. And yet, a strong relationship between caregiver/partner and patient can establish a happy and fulfilling life for both parties.
It was just a few weeks ago that I looked at my wife, Mandy, and asked with some trepidation, "I don't mean to sound crazy, but are you SURE that you've still got Multiple Sclerosis?" Hope, it seems, springs eternal and although I consider myself a pragmatist, I still fall victim to its seductions. Mandy looked at me quizzically, and said…