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    How to Talk to Your Kids About Multiple Sclerosis

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    What You Can Do

    Find someone else your child can talk to about MS. You don’t have to be the only person she can lean on. A trusting relationship with a friend or family member can be helpful.

    Share how you are feeling, both physically and emotionally. Don’t be afraid to start the conversation. Children appreciate it when you open the door.

    Have open and honest discussions. Kids aren’t always ready to talk. Let her know that you’ll be ready whenever she is. Remind her that there’s nothing wrong with how she’s feeling.

    Include your child in family decisions. Whether you're divvying up the household chores or going to the hospital for treatment, it’s important to involve your child in some decisions. It will give her a sense of control and belonging.

    Seek professional help if you need it. There are many counselors and support groups that can help your family adjust to the changes you’re facing.

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    Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on May 31, 2015
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