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Living with Multiple Sclerosis

How to manage the physical and emotional effects of MS — and find the support you need


Did you know that women are three times more likely than men to get multiple sclerosis (MS)? And, while people most often think of the physical symptoms of MS, many women living with the disease experience mental effects as well.

“Depression, stress and low self-esteem are more common among women with MS,” said Gayle Lewis, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and board-certified psychoanalyst who serves as a National MS Society Partner in Care. In our story, “Beyond the Physical: How MS Affects Your Life” we explore this critical topic and offer resources to find the support you need.

The good news: While an MS diagnosis is scary, there are treatment options and support groups to help you navigate day-to-day life. As Candice Morgan explained to HealthyWomen, “MS is not a death sentence. You can have a family, you can have a career. You can flourish. I’m living proof of that.”

In our new MS education program, we break down what you need to know about this autoimmune disease, from risk factors and symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

This resource was created with support from Bristol Myers Squibb.

Multiple Sclerosis Education Program

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the nervous system. The immune system attacks myelin, the outer protective layer of the brain’s nerve fibers, cutting off communication between the brain and the body, leading to physical damage throughout the body. At least two to three times more women than men are being diagnosed with the disease. The diagnosis process can be challenging and support is important when managing MS. For more information, be sure to contact your healthcare provider and visit the links provided below.

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