Link into your Support Network

In day-to-day life, it’s nice to know that you have a good support network around you to share both the good times and the bad – and this is particularly important when you are being treated for a condition such as MS.

Having the support of your, doctor and MS nurse, trusted friends and family, and other people with MS can help make the bad days a little bit better and the good days feel really great. 

“Finding the right advice and support when you need it can make a huge difference to how you cope, day-to-day,” says Health Psychology Specialist Clare Moloney. “Good advice can be empowering; it can help build your confidence and ease any anxieties you may have about your condition or your treatment.

“Having the right people around you – and knowing where you can go for additional support if you need it – can also help make adapting to a new treatment that little bit easier.”

Our site has lots of information and links to help you tap into your support network – today and into the future. It includes sections on:

  • Your doctor: Tips for talking to your doctor and MS nurse about birth control, guidance to help you get the most from your doctor’s and nurse’s expertise and advice on how to make the most of your appointments
  • Friends and family: How to make the most of support from friends and family (including how to ask for help and how to involve your work colleagues)
  • The MS community: How to benefit from the experiences of other people with MS, joining support groups, and the advantages of online forums

Inspire others!

“When you’re doing well, it can be a great feeling to share your success with other people,” says Clare. “This could be as simple as sharing your enjoyment of life with friends and family, but it could also mean sharing your success with other people with MS, so that you can help inspire them to make the most of their treatment, too.”

You could, for example, join an MS support group to share your experiences. “If you are doing well, taking your treatment as prescribed and making the most of every day, then you may be able to help and inspire others to do the same,” says Clare. “It can be good for you, too, because it can be enormously uplifting to know that you are making a difference in other people’s lives, as well as to your own.”