Future Planning with Multiple Sclerosis

Published 01/17/13


Lisa Emrich encourages us to plan ahead with MS.


Hi. Today's topic is planning ahead. When I think of that phrase, a couple images come to mind. One is, perhaps someday I will need to live in a house that's only one level. Some days I have trouble with the stairs, so when the time comes to move into a new location, I will look for a house that has no stairs, even if I can still take them at the time, thinking towards the future of my possible needs. Another thought is financial security. One good thing after my diagnosis was I opened a couple of retirement accounts. Since I'm self-employed and a freelancer, I have an employer to do that for me. I needed to do it for myself. I found that it's good. Put the money away now and it will be there later. Hopefully it will have grown during these years. Also, if you haven't been diagnosed, this is the time to apply for that extra life insurance or disability insurance, especially long-term disability. Because you may need that someday, and you won't be able to get it if you have Multiple Sclerosis in your health records, unless your employer has some sort of deal that it doesn't matter, your health status. But most of us don't have that luxury. What do you think of planning ahead?

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