Tag Archives: Multiple Sclerosis

Caregiver Perspective: Know FMLA’s Benefits but Beware its Challenges

As a working caregiver, I encourage others in my situation to find out about the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). With FMLA I know I can take time off I need, and if my employer tries to retaliate for my doing so, I … Continue reading

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Being A Caregiver Can be Viewed the Same as Having the Disability in the Eyes of an Employer

Hello, my name is Donna. I’m a 60-year old wife, mother, grandmother, and primary care-giver for my husband, Lynn, (age 59) who has secondary progressive MS. He has a very aggressive form unfortunately.  I describe him as being a functional … Continue reading

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Sorry I Haven’t Been Able to Write Lately

I guess most of you who have read my column in the past think I’ve stopped writing.  I have to admit that I’ve considered whether I should do that because my time to do anything at all these days is … Continue reading

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What Goes In Must Come Out

One of the joys of having a progressive disease is that everything changes. Just as you adjust to one change, something happens and the “fix” you had in place is no longer working. As Lynn’s caregiver, I have not found … Continue reading

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Realities of Life

For the most part, our home life is fairly stable meaning we have the same things happening day in and day out. We have a routine – I get Lynn up for the morning and help him with his exercise, … Continue reading

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Did You Miss Me?

Some of you have noticed that I have not been writing for a couple of months because you have sent me messages asking if I was okay. Thank you very much for checking on me. It’s humbling to know there … Continue reading

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Something New to Deal With

Every time Lynn starts acting differently for several days in a row, I start to wonder if it means there’s some new problem we have to face. MS can affect so many different body parts and functions that I just never … Continue reading

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