As difficult as it is to discuss at times, the truth is, everyone in the family has to live with multiple sclerosis, not just the person who has it. Can Do MS has led the way in incorporating support partners and family members into its lifestyle empowerment programs. Our programs provide a unique opportunity for support partners and family members to not only expand their own understanding of MS, but to actively participate in identifying the skills, strategies and tools needed to live fully with MS together.
Who are support partners?
Spouses, family members or friends are encouraged to attend Can Do MS’s lifestyle empowerment programs with a person with MS. Special sessions are devoted to this group of support partners, addressing their needs, goals, concerns and challenges.
Who should attend a Can Do MS program as a support partner?
The support partner aspect of the program is specifically for individuals who are affected by your diagnosis and are 18 years or older. The support partner role is not an appropriate choice for an individual who has been diagnosed with MS. If you have a person in mind to bring who has MS, we strongly recommend that both individuals attend our programs as participants, not support partners. Can Do MS reserves the right to refuse participation in any program, or any part thereof, to a support partner who has been diagnosed with MS or is under the age of 18. Read Betsy and Don’s Can Do Story.
What Support Partners Said
“You don’t develop depth in relationships without hard things in life. Don doesn’t get to go to the neurologist without me. Honest and open conversation is key to managing MS.” ~Betsy, CAN DO Program participant/Volunteer/Support partner
Read Betsy and Don’s Can Do Story.
“I learned that fear and frustration are natural feelings. I learned to accept my fears and communicate my fears to my wife.” ~Support Partner
“We accepted and acknowledged that MS is not only her disease. MS is ‘our’ disease that challenges both of us every day.” ~Support Partner