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Living with MS

You CAN!

You CAN! is brought to you with the help of The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis as a reminder that despite the challenges MS may bring, you have a whole life to live. The Heuga Center teaches people with MS to focus on what they ‘can do’ in life instead of what they cannot, empowering them to live fuller, more productive lives.

We encourage you to visit You CAN! regularly. Topics change every other month.

 

2008 Topics

 

January

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Improve Your Balance
Balance deficits can be improved with a properly integrated approach.

 

 

 

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The Heuga Center
The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis offers interactive, educational/ wellness programs that take an interdisciplinary "can do" approach to disease and symptom management for people with MS and their families. To learn more, call toll-free, 1-888-DO-IT4MS or visit http://www.heuga.org/.

 

Archived Topics

 

 

Symptom Management

 

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Overcome Depression
Many factors, psychological and physical, can influence why a person gets depressed. You CAN overcome it.

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Manage Annoying Sensory Symptoms
These sensations include numbness, tightness, tingling or burning. With a variety of approaches, they can be managed.

 

 

 

 

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Learn to Manage Your Pain
About half of everyone diagnosed with MS will experience some pain. For some it can be a significant problem.

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Manage Fatigue
Up to 90% of people with MS say they experience fatigue. Learn how to manage your symptoms.

 

 

 

 

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Remember
Cognitive dysfunction affects 50-65% of people with MS. However there are ways you can improve your memory.

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Beat the Heat
It's summertime and for people with MS, the living is NOT easy! Learn how to minimize the effects of heat.

 

 

 

 

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Get control of bladder and bowel issues
Bladder and bowel accidents are embarrassing. The good news is you can manage these issues.

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Backup Your Memory!
Supplement your memory with tools to enhance its efficiency and make you more effective.

       
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Tips on how you can retain your composure and dignity if you fall.
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Keep Moving!
Regardless of disability, staying mobile is very important. Share tips and insights on how.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Living & Family Life

 

 

 

 

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Maintain Good Nutrition!
"You are what you eat." Maintaining your health is one of the first steps to managing MS. Here are ten ways to get started.

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Fan the Flame
Tips on nurturing romance and intimacy in your relationship, whether it is long-standing or new.

       
photo Get the Sleep You Need!
Many people with MS have sleep problems, but not as a direct result of MS. But take heart, you can get a good night's sleep.
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Water provides opportunities for recreation, relaxation and exercise for people with MS at every level of ability.
       
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Stress is a daily fact of life. Chronic stress can impact your health, but you can take control.
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"Be There" for each other
MS is like the “unwanted guest”. You CAN support each other and keep your “guest” from taking over.

 

 

 

 

Life Planning & Independence

 

 

 

 

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Set New Personal Goals
Keep your New Year's resolution...even though the New Year's day is past. Learn some keys to successful goal setting.

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Manage Back-to-School Stress
Time to go back to school? This conjures up many emotions, from excitement to concern. Start a new school year with ease.

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy a Winter Sport
Don’t let MS discourage you from enjoying winter play and sports.

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Handle Going to School!
School means increased stress, fatigue, and possibly cognitive challenges. You CAN handle the challenge.

       

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Manage a Holiday Dinner
Keep the holidays focused on family, friends, feasting and unforgettable memories.

   

 

 
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