A Message to Our MS Community

To our clients, supporters, partners, colleagues, and the entire multiple sclerosis community:

We truly hope that you and your families are staying healthy and safe. All affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are in our hearts and minds every day. As the situation changes, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is also changing and we are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as federal and state officials. The continued health and safety for all affected by multiple sclerosis is critical to us. For those reasons, I wanted to share more about what MSAA is doing. Continue reading

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A Focus on Wellness

This March, MSAA hosted a number of online activities with a focus on wellness through The Mind, Body, and MS Connection campaign. Each online activity highlighted emotional, mental, or physical health concerns of the MS community.

This is a significantly stressful and anxious time for everyone, and that can make it difficult to focus on wellness. As MS Awareness Month comes to a close, Continue reading

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Physical Wellness

The concept of wellness can encompass many different pieces. However, when we hear this term the first thought that usually comes to mind is physical wellness. Maintaining a strong, healthy physique is a goal for many. So how can we improve our physical wellness? That is the million-dollar question that everybody wants to know—I know I do!

Physical wellness encourages us to care for our bodies through physical activity, proper nutrition, and positive thinking. It doesn’t have to be about Continue reading

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Caring For Your Mind and Mental Health

A common misconception with MS is that the disease affects the body mostly in just the physical sense. This can be true for many diagnosed. However, one’s mental health may be impacted as a result of MS too. MS and its unpredictable nature can create a roller coaster of emotions, changes, and ups and downs for those affected. That kind of ride can impact all parts of one’s mind and body. Understandably so.

It’s not always easy to recognize or bring attention to Continue reading

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Cultivating Emotional Wellness

Cultivate emotional wellness

Emotional health plays such an important role in your wellness journey. The mind and body are connected which means that your emotional wellness can have a direct effect on your physical well-being. Individuals looking from the outside in are unable to see certain MS symptoms that can influence your emotional health. However, depression and anxiety are very real emotional symptoms that often accompany MS. Unfortunately, because others cannot physically see depression and anxiety, these Continue reading

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10 Tips for Planning an Accessible Vacation

MSAA recently asked Founder and Executive Director for Open Doors Organization, Eric Lipp, for advice on how to research and plan a wheelchair accessible trip. Read below for his 10 tips for planning an accessible vacation.

This is a great question and if you’re thinking about traveling this spring or summer, now is the time to start planning. You can never do enough due diligence! Also, I’ve never heard from a traveler, “I was over prepared!” Don’t be afraid to start at Continue reading

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3 Ingredient Banana Oat Muffins – Recipe of the Month

This recipe is a great breakfast option, snack idea, or an on-the-go treat. This easy, 3 ingredient banana oat muffins recipe is vegan, and made with no flour and no sugar. I make these muffins often and store in the refrigerator to have available when I need a quick pick me up any time of day!

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How to Manage Your Expectations

As humans, we tend to expect a lot of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. You may currently be in the process of creating expectations for yourself or you may have already created them. Just remember that it’s important to manage your expectations in a way that’s going to be beneficial to you. We sometimes put these extremely high expectations on ourselves and then get discouraged or stressed when the expectations haven’t been met by the deadline we created. Continue reading

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Be Kind to Yourself

Is it just me, or does it seem like today’s society isn’t very forgiving or flexible with people? With its rushed, hastened pace and constant expectations on the daily, we live in a climate that thrives on accomplishments and results. It’s great to be productive and accountable to get things done at work and at home. But sometimes enough is enough. We’re only one being in this vast universe and there are times we can’t get everything accomplished in a day’s time. So not only do we Continue reading

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MLK Day of Service 2020

“Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 20th will be observed as the MLK Day of Service for 2020 in honor of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, this federal holiday is recognized as a national day of service.

MLK Day of Service 2020Hundreds of thousands of people spend the third Monday of January every year volunteering and supporting causes they feel connected to, in honor of the lifelong work of Dr. King. Continue reading

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