Living with MS: Spouses of those with MS could use your support
By Bill Brayer
Did you ever stop to think that people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) live with the disease 24/7? The side effects of the disease are progressive, so people with MS are continually finding new ways of doing things or need to have someone assist them.
The Well Spouse Association has a saying: “When one is sick, two need help.” Marriage brings two people together with one of the vows being “until death do us part. Being married to a person with MS is a true test of that vow. Something to think about is “what if the shoe was on the other foot?”
The Well Spouse has one of the most difficult jobs there is. He or she too has a 24/7 commitment. His or her life is often put on hold, in many cases.
If you know of a situation where a Well Spouse has a partner who requires considerable care and attention, you might want to volunteer to give him or her some time off. Everyone needs a breather occasionally to maintain their sanity. Even providing a meal, running an errand, babysitting if there are children, or doing some needed shopping would be most appreciated.
When was the last time you visited someone with MS at a care-rehab center? Many of the people there hardly get any visitors, especially those with no families.
It is very difficult for a person when he or she is no longer able to live in their own familiar home surroundings.
William L. “Bill” Brayer
President, MS Helping Hands