Making Life with Multiple Sclerosis Easier

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    The way I look and dress always has been important to me, even when it got more difficult because of my multiple sclerosis (MS). When you look good, you will feel better. Multiple sclerosis doesn't have to change that. Use the following tips to help you streamline your grooming and shopping habits so that you can continue to look and feel your best: Substitute lightweight cotton dishcloths for terry cloth washcloths. They are easier to wring out if your hands are weak. Make combs, hairbrushes,...Read More
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    The kitchen the busiest room in our house. Ever since my multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis, preparing and cooking meals has been a family affair. When my MS reared its ugly head, the children had to do a little more while I sat on the sidelines providing encouragement and input. In those early years, I worked at making the kitchen more efficient and well-organized. I began by getting rid of broken or rarely used pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and so forth. Then I rearranged the remaining items, putting...Read More
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    You spend a great deal of time in your home, so you’ll end up trying to create an environment where you can be safe, independent, and productive. Here are a few simple ways you can make sure you feel safe and secure in your home: Contact the local utility company. People who use power-dependent equipment such as oxygen, environment control units, electric beds and lifts, and so forth should notify their local utility company so that everyone is prepared should an emergency power outage occur....Read More

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Shelley Peterman Schwarz

Shelley Peterman Schwarz and her husband, Dave, live in Madison, Wisconsin. At the time of her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 1979, Shelley was working part-time as a teacher of the deaf. Since 1985 she has published more than 300 articles and received numerous awards including the Mother of the Year from the Wisconsin Chapter of the National MS Society, the Partner in Health award from the Combined Health Appeal of America, and the Spirit of the American Woman award from J.C. Penney. Her nationally...

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