If you have recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), you may well be feeling overwhelmed. You may even feel a sense of relief that you now have some answers. A whole range of thoughts and feelings are whizzing around your brain and you are wondering what to do now and where to go from here.
A diagnosis of MS may make you think quite differently about your life. It is normal to worry about what is going to happen, if a little twinge is another sign or symptom, or how the condition might progress and how it might affect your life. You may also be concerned about the effect MS will have on your family, friends, employment or hobbies. There is no right or wrong way to react to a diagnosis. It is your MS and how it affects you will be unique to you. Do not be afraid to openly discuss your emotions with family, friends, healthcare professionals or charities like us.
Everyone differs in how long it takes to accept their diagnosis. Some people may even say that they still don’t after many years. Acceptance is important in enabling you to live your life to the full and to reach a point where you are empowered to do so. This will not happen overnight, don’t ever feel there is a time limit, as it will differ for everybody. Just remember to be kind to yourself and give yourself the time you need.
Our Newly Diagnosed Choices booklet has a wealth of information for anyone who has MS. You can download the booklet from our website or order a printed version by filling out a form.
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