MS does not solely affect the individual who has it- when someone you care about has the disease, it impacts you as well. MS can be unpredictable, and the course it takes can vary from person to person. It is essential that all parties keep open lines of communication as there is so much unknown with the disease. Keeping one another informed of changes, needs, and progression can be difficult, but is far better than remaining silent. Not talking through the trajectory of experiences can make couples or families grow apart, or even lead to resentment. A couple and family therapist can help all parties to become better at communicating with one another.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with MS, consider talking with a relational therapist to work on how best to help one another through open communication and better understanding. And please join Philadelphia MFT on May 2 at the Art Museum for Walk MS, or donate to the National MS Society.
This Topic of the Week was brought to you by Danielle Adinolfi, MFT