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Family Matters

MS happens to families, not just to individuals. Learn about the variety of resources available for you and your family.

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Family Matters Group

A community for everyone, including partners, parents, kids, brothers, sisters, grandparents and more – the whole family, in whatever way you define it – affected by multiple sclerosis.

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Family Self Advocacy

Tools to explore and address a variety of issues which may arise within the family context.

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When a person is diagnosed with MS, there is immediate impact on all who love them. As a family member or friend, you probably have many questions about MS — what will happen to my loved one, how can we plan, how do we manage the unpredictability of the disease?

Family members and even friends may experience similar emotions to the person with MS as they adapt to MS in their lives: fear, guilt, anger, denial, grief, anxiety. Read more about families and relationships.

Lend your ear, offer to help and don't be offended if your offer isn't accepted; check back when you're both ready.


When your parent is diagnosed with MS, you have your own unique concerns, fears and questions — regardless of your age.

While younger children sometimes assume significant responsibilities, you should never be called upon to provide a parent’s personal care.

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Am I a carepartner?

While a carepartner is most often a partner or spouse, the primary carepartner may also be an adult child, parent or friend.

Whoever you are, remember that paying attention to your own health and well-being is essential to being able to care for someone else. Read more about carepartners.