Relationships & Support
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For many of my friends, I was their first friend with multiple sclerosis (MS). They may have taken part in MS events at school or seen people with MS on TV. But I was the first person they knew who was living with the disease.
Since the disease affects everyone differently, my friends and loved ones weren’t entirely sure what to expect or how to act. Here are some common misconceptions I’ve heard about MS, and things you can consider when explaining MS to others.
I don’t know where I would be today without the support of my wonderful friends. I know they don’t have a script to follow. Maybe some of these responses will help make future conversations a lot more predictable than living with this disease. And helping them understand what it’s like to live with MS helps them support me even more. It's a win-win!
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