Foreword xxi Introduction 1 Part I: When MS Becomes Part of Your Life 7 Chapter 1: Meeting MS Face to Face 9 Chapter 2: So, Doc, What Do I Have? Getting a Diagnosis 25 Chapter 3: You Have MS ? So Now What? 37 Chapter 4: Getting the Right Players on Your Healthcare Team 53 Part II: Taking Charge of Your MS 67 Chapter 5: Developing a Plan to Take Charge of Your MS69 Chapter 6: Managing the Disease Course and Treating Relapses 77 Chapter 7: Managing Fatigue, Walking Problems, Visual Changes, and Tremor 99 Chapter 8: Handling Problems with Bladder and Bowel Function, Pain, Speech and Swallowing, and Sex 119 Chapter 9: Getting Your Head around Problems with Mood and Thinking 141 Chapter 10: Considering Complementary and Alternative Medicine157 Part III: Staying Healthy and Feeling Well 171 Chapter 11: Paying Attention to Your Health ? It's Not All about MS 173 Chapter 12: Handling Stress without Giving Up Your Life 185 Chapter 13: Coping with Progressive Forms of MS 197 Part IV: Managing Lifestyle Issues 213 Chapter 14: Presenting Your MS Face to the World 215 Chapter 15: Making MS a Part of the Family 227 Chapter 16: And Baby Makes Three, Four, or More: Planning a Family around Your MS 247 Chapter 17: Parenting: It Wasn?t Easy Before You Had MS! 257 Part V: Creating Your Safety Nets 273 Chapter 18: Keeping Your Place in the Workforce 275 Chapter 19: Getting a Grip on Insurance 289 Chapter 20: Planning for a Future with MS 303 Part VI: The Part of Tens 315 Chapter 21: Ten MS Myths Debunked 317 Chapter 22: Ten Questions about Exciting Leads in MS Research 321 Chapter 23: Ten Tips for Trouble-Free Travel 325 Glossary 329 Index 343
Rosalind Kalb, Ph.D., Barbara Giesser, MD, and Kathleen Costello, ANP-BC, have over 80 years' combined professional experience in working with people living with multiple sclerosis. For each of them, MS was, is, and will be their chosen career.