The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto

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The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto

Action to Take, Principles to Live By

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An empowering guide for increasing your quality of life, navigating challenges, and embracing opportunities

Julie Stachowiak, PhD is the Guide to Multiple Sclerosis. As an epidemiologist who is also a person living with MS, Julie has an in-depth understanding about the scientific developments around MS and the personal side of living with a chronic illness. In the Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto, Julie shows you how to create your own personal MS manifesto and provides practical tools and reassurance to help you Ïget betterÓ in your life, from optimizing medical care and managing symptoms, to strengthening relationships, dealing with emotions, and embracing activism.

Committed to making the hard parts easier and the good parts last longer, Julie show you how to figure out what you need, identify opportunities, understand challenges, and get your needs met. With the Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto, youÌll know how to:

  • Create your personal mission statement
  • Protect yourself by learning more about medications you are currently taking or considering to take
  • Determine what you want in a doctor and how to evaluate the doctor you have
  • Celebrate your successes√õand why it√ås essential that you do
  • Make disclosing your MS status to friends, family and others easier
  • Find a support group

Product Details

  • Publication Date December 22, 2009
  • Page Count 338
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603446

About The Author(s)

Dr. Julie Stachowiak PhD

Julie Stachowiak, the author of The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto has her doctorate in International Disease Control and Prevention from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004 and in 2007, she was hired as the Guide to multiple sclerosis for (Internet property owned by the New York Times). In this role, she writes articles for the website ( and has been called by Josie Byzek of New Mobility Magazine, "the best MS writer on the web."

Table of Contents

"Proceed With Confidence
Be An MS Expert
Put Your Symptoms In Their Place. Make Your Doctor Work For You
Don't Let Treatment Just Happen
Go ""Off-Road"" Responsibly
Be Prepared
Create Health In New Places
Reform Relationships On Your Terms
Cooperate With Your Emotions
Be Your Own Advocate
Get ""In The Mix""
Seek Inspiration."