The diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can be a lengthy process. Upon hearing the diagnosis, you may feel a mixture of emotions, including denial, fear, relief, optimism, or hope. For some people, a diagnosis after months or years of symptoms is a relief, but for others it may be shocking. Even when a diagnosis of MS is made, the uncertainty is not over. You may have some concerns about the unknown elements of the disease, its course and its impact. This is completely understandable. The course of MS is unpredictable; not knowing how the disease will affect you over the long term is probably the most difficult factor to deal with. Sharing your thoughts and emotions with others can help you cope with the diagnosis. Remember that MS affects everyone differently, so what one person with MS experiences may not be what you will experience. To learn more about coping with a diagnosis of MS, visit Living With MS.