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Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1984 to offer MS programs based on the philosophy of founder, Jimmie Heuga: that a person can have a chronic disease and also maintain their health. Believe it or not, at that time MS patients were encouraged NOT to exercise or basically "strain" themselves in any way. Today, Can Do MS has expanded Jimmie's philosophy from a focus on physical fitness with MS to a focus on the whole person and family living with the impacts of MS. Programs include education, nutrition, mental well-being, and exercise, as well as learning specific, individualized life management skills and ways to integrate wellness activities into everyday life. Every year they provide programs and services directly to over 10,000 people in the United States states and Canada. The Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Guide to Lifestyle Empowerment provides the reader with over 20 years worth of knowledge and information accumulated by this organization and it's unique approach to wellness.

In 2009, Can Do MS formed a collaborative partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to align resources and more effectively improve the quality of life of people with MS and their support partners.;Introduction: What is Multiple Sclerosis, 1. Get Active!, 2. Emotional Well-Being, 3. Nutrition, 4. Managing Your Daily Activities, 5. Accessing Your Medical Care: Do You Have the Help You Need, 6. Goal Setting
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ISBN: 9781936303182
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As a person with primary progressive MS, I was delighted to receive an early reviewer copy of this book. My diagnosis was in the mid-'90s and I've had since then to educate myself about it, but this book contains a lot of information I didn't know and presents it in an easy-to-read small bites interspersed with break-out boxes and "What can I do?" strategies. The writing can seem a bit stiff--no first person ("you") allowed and a lot of passive verbs--but it's also refreshing to get away from the chatty self-help or wrenching personal testimony found in other books about MS. A collection of articles written by several experts, "Can Do Multiple Sclerosis" was developed in conjunction with the nonprofit Can Do Multiple Sclerosis (formerly the Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis). The book is useful for patients, their medical team, and those who love or care for them.more
As a person with RSD/CRPS I found this book both informative and inspiring. I live with a debilitating neurological condition and know that half of the battle is a mental one. I live each day saying "RSD doesn't define me, RSD doesn't own me" Therefore, I could somewhat relate to many parts of this book and while I do not have MS I found several parts motivating and inspirational. I think this is a great resource and tool for anyone whose life is touched or affected by MS and can only wish there was something similiar for RSD....maybe one day! :)more
This generally isn't my type of book, but I just loved it. It was extremely easy to understand and follow. I think it would be beneficial for anyone with MS or anyone who knows or loves someone with MS. It's a great guide on how to take back your life and live it to the fullest!more
Page 152 in the Epilogue of this book has three short phrases that sum up the intent and the direction of the rest of this book: I AM more than my MS; I CAN see beyond the challenges of MS; and, I WILL realize what is possible living with MS. This book is of greatest use, I believe, to the person newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis who is looking for hope in the midst of the disbelief that always accompanies diagnosis of a chronic and possibly debilitating illness. I asked for the book primarily to get a handle on how MS affects individuals and families as I have a good friend who is now in what I would call the "final stages" of what has been a progressive and debilitating disease she has lived with for almost 20 years. For persons in her condition - completely bedridden and with essentially no voluntary movement beyond her head this book has little to offer, although there is a helpful chapter aimed at primary support persons of those with MS. My friend has the spiritual resources to take her lemons and deal with them as lemonade even though I realize that her daily struggles with life take an enormous toll on both her and her aged father who is her primary caregiver. I found the book useful from a friend's perspective in understanding some of the issues that they have faced over the intervening years since she was first diagnosed. For persons newly diagnosed this provides significant beneficial pointers on how to make and work a plan to deal with the disease as new issues arise.more
Good book . I feel this book will be read and re read many times by my husband and me. So much information and so many ideas on positive ways to deal with this hard to understand illness.more
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As a person with primary progressive MS, I was delighted to receive an early reviewer copy of this book. My diagnosis was in the mid-'90s and I've had since then to educate myself about it, but this book contains a lot of information I didn't know and presents it in an easy-to-read small bites interspersed with break-out boxes and "What can I do?" strategies. The writing can seem a bit stiff--no first person ("you") allowed and a lot of passive verbs--but it's also refreshing to get away from the chatty self-help or wrenching personal testimony found in other books about MS. A collection of articles written by several experts, "Can Do Multiple Sclerosis" was developed in conjunction with the nonprofit Can Do Multiple Sclerosis (formerly the Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis). The book is useful for patients, their medical team, and those who love or care for them.more
As a person with RSD/CRPS I found this book both informative and inspiring. I live with a debilitating neurological condition and know that half of the battle is a mental one. I live each day saying "RSD doesn't define me, RSD doesn't own me" Therefore, I could somewhat relate to many parts of this book and while I do not have MS I found several parts motivating and inspirational. I think this is a great resource and tool for anyone whose life is touched or affected by MS and can only wish there was something similiar for RSD....maybe one day! :)more
This generally isn't my type of book, but I just loved it. It was extremely easy to understand and follow. I think it would be beneficial for anyone with MS or anyone who knows or loves someone with MS. It's a great guide on how to take back your life and live it to the fullest!more
Page 152 in the Epilogue of this book has three short phrases that sum up the intent and the direction of the rest of this book: I AM more than my MS; I CAN see beyond the challenges of MS; and, I WILL realize what is possible living with MS. This book is of greatest use, I believe, to the person newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis who is looking for hope in the midst of the disbelief that always accompanies diagnosis of a chronic and possibly debilitating illness. I asked for the book primarily to get a handle on how MS affects individuals and families as I have a good friend who is now in what I would call the "final stages" of what has been a progressive and debilitating disease she has lived with for almost 20 years. For persons in her condition - completely bedridden and with essentially no voluntary movement beyond her head this book has little to offer, although there is a helpful chapter aimed at primary support persons of those with MS. My friend has the spiritual resources to take her lemons and deal with them as lemonade even though I realize that her daily struggles with life take an enormous toll on both her and her aged father who is her primary caregiver. I found the book useful from a friend's perspective in understanding some of the issues that they have faced over the intervening years since she was first diagnosed. For persons newly diagnosed this provides significant beneficial pointers on how to make and work a plan to deal with the disease as new issues arise.more
Good book . I feel this book will be read and re read many times by my husband and me. So much information and so many ideas on positive ways to deal with this hard to understand illness.more
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