Online Resources Can Do Library

At Can Do MS, we know that the power of knowledge can transform lives. We’ve created this library to serve as a valuable resource in helping people living with multiple sclerosis and their support partners live their best lives. From articles on health, wellness and lifestyle enhancements that focus on specific topics pertaining to the six dimensions of wellness, which include the physical, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual and intellectual aspects of living with MS, to useful links and resources, use this resource to build your knowledge and expand your beliefs about what is possible.

These educational articles are authored by our interdiscplinary team of health care professionals, who are also our programs consultants.

Don’t Weight for Wellness: What You Lose Can Help You Gain

By: Mona Bostick RDN, CSO, LDN – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist

Through aspects of our everyday life that we CAN control- particularly diet choices and physical activity- we can positively change and improve obesity and obesity-related comorbid health conditions. Exercise may influence body functions such as mood and cognition, mobility, and bowel and bladder functions. Exercise and physical activity may also have positive effects on the neuroplasticity of the brain, as well as enhancing the neuroprotective environment and minimizing inflammation. Similarly, what you eat can greatly affect your overall health and well-being.

Change is always difficult and there are really no shortcuts; you have to actually make sustainable changes to get results. BUT the payoff for your hard work is promising! Losing excess weight can make you feel better both physically and emotionally.

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Requesting Accommodations in the Workplace: Working with MS

By: Nina Martinez

When trying to determine whether and under what conditions you can work with multiple sclerosis, it is key that you understand the laws that govern accommodations in the workplace. This article serves as a brief introduction to the law and discusses strategies for making accommodation requests.

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GPS For Your MS: Initiating Your Wellness Journey

By: Stephanie Buxhoeveden, MSCN, MSN, FNP-BC & Peggy Crawford, PhD

Following the diagnosis of MS and during periods of change in your MS, it is not unusual to feel your personal GPS is out of whack and not working as well as it had in the past - or not as well as you were hoping it would. This is true whether you are the person with MS or someone who cares about you. You may feel lost, without direction, and overwhelmed with multiple choices and decisions. You may feel that little is under your control. On the other hand, MS often becomes the motivation - the “kick in the butt” so to speak - that people have needed to pursue effective wellness and healthy lifestyle strategies.

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Sleep and MS: Strategies for Improving Your Zzz's

By: Stephanie Buxhoeveden, MSCN, MSN, FNP-BC & Abbey J. Hughes, PhD

Sleep is a surprisingly complex process that is essential to maintaining health and wellness. Unfortunately, problems with sleep quantity and quality and the negative impact of poor sleep on daily functioning are particularly common among people with MS, affecting 50% of the population.

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Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

By: Dr. Pavan Bhargava

The Paleolithic Diet. The Mediterranean Diet. The McDougall Diet. The Swank Diet. With so many diets being promoted, it is hard to fully understand each of their nutritional benefits, possible deficiencies, and effects on multiple sclerosis. In addition to explaining the impacts that our diet has on MS and offering evidence around some popular dietary strategies, Dr. Bhargava will answer your questions and guide you to make healthy eating choices that will benefit you and your MS!

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Myelin, Movement, and the Mind: Hot Topics in MS Research

By: John Schafer, MD, Meghan Beier, Ph.D & Abbey Hughes, Ph.D

Research has continued to grow in the area of myelin repair, and we now know more about the significant benefits of daily movement and exercise in maintaining healthy physical, psychological, and cognitive functioning in MS. In order to better understand and address these daily challenges, MS researchers and patients have become increasingly interested in mindfulness-based interventions for reducing stress and improving overall quality of life.

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Essential Tools to Manage Stress through Mindfulness, Relaxation, and Exercise

By: Peggy Crawford, Ph.D & Sue Kushner, MS, PT

It is not uncommon for people to feel that things outside themselves are the source of their stress: work, bills, traffic, kids, etc. However, stress is really about how people see things, how they interpret them, and what they say to themselves.

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Tips for Support Partners: Taking Care of Yourself While Caring for Your Loved One

By: Rosalind Kalb, PhD & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

Living with MS can be challenging not only for the person who has MS, but also for the support partner. The support person – whether a spouse/partner, friend, sibling, or child – is “living with MS” too, but in a much different way.

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Making Best Use of Your Health Insurance Options

By: Kimberly Calder, MPS & Sherry Perry, MSCIR, MSSMC

Making sure you are enrolled in a health insurance plan at all times may be the single most important way to avoid debt and assure your ability to get the health care services you need. Many changes have been made to health insurance in recent years, including new protections for people with pre-existing and high-cost conditions like multiple sclerosis.

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Workout Your Worries: Anxiety and Exercise in MS

By: Meghan Beier, Ph.D. & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

Anxiety is an umbrella term that describes an emotional state of apprehension, worry, fear, or terror and is considered problematic when it starts to interfere with your daily life. In such cases, you might notice that anxiety (1) impacts your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep, (2) causes you to avoid certain people, places or things, (3) causes arguments with friends or loved ones, or (4) compels you to perform certain actions or complete tasks in a particular way.

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Genentech, Inc.
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Acorda Therapeutics