Until a cure is discovered, or restorative abilities to damaged areas are found, it is paramount that a person with MS lives with their primary goal to prevent as much damage to the nervous system as possible. Someday a breakthrough will happen, but for those living with MS it’s not fast enough. In the meantime, there is still that dark, long tunnel of going through one’s life with the fear of not knowing what to do or expect next; and, how can I do it, and will I survive?
A person can manage their MS and have quality of life while waiting for that breakthrough day of discovery. I know from both personal experience and expertise from almost 30 years as a trained peer counselor and speaker to many audiences on behalf of the National MS Society and others. Living with MS is frightening; one of my objectives is to help reduce the fear. Living with MS is not easy and is very complicated in many ways: the symptoms, the treatments, the medical professionals, relationships with people, the emotions, and the advancing disabilities. So another objective of mine is to offer guidance and tips for managing these things in a manner that is easy to understand.
A practical, easy-to-read handbook about understanding and managing MS. Informative and inspiring, guidance and tips are offered on a wide array of topics such as symptoms, people management, and other issues like long-term disability in a “what you should know, what you can do about it” format. It was written for persons with all types and stages of multiple sclerosis, their families, persons in the health field, and others who are interested in learning about MS and managing it effectively.
Presented by: Arizona Bridge to Independent Living)
An Evening at the DEC: Meet-the-Author Debbie Petrina
Debbie Petrina has spoken to thousands of people suffering from multiple sclerosis on her own and as a volunteer for the National MS Society. She has been a:
Trained peer counselor by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). She counseled persons with MS for sixteen years for the Society, and continued to counsel other peers confidentially through referrals from acquaintances and personal health-care personnel.
Monthly group leader for the NMSS for eleven years.
Member of the chapter services committee for the (then) Allegheny District Chapter in WesternRead More