There are many health and wellness apps and websites available for your electronic devices—we covered a few in our Spring 2016 issue: http://tinyurl.com/jtlfhuc. Here we look at websites and blogs that specifically discuss wellness in living with or caring for someone who has MS.
The Bits and Bobs
A humor blog may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering wellness, but laughter is a means of coping with grief and all that life throws our way. Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud is the mother of two and a children’s book author from Sandy Spring, Maryland. She started “The Bits and Bobs” as a means to come to terms with her husband’s death from a rare disease, vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, in 2014.
In 2015 another challenge came her way when she was diagnosed with MS. The blog tackles everyday moments in her short and to-the-point posts. In an interview with television’s “Today” show, she discussed how she copes with MS:
“I am doing some holistic things, like paying to attention to my diet, which have helped the inflammatory process of MS. The medications I am on can damage your liver, but my last blood work was great.
Health Care Journey
This site features a monthly post on health and wellness topics to consider as possible methods of coping with MS symptoms. Each topic is discussed in a podcast interview with a practitioner of that treatment. Highlighting alternative therapies, topics covered on the site include: acupuncture and herbs, diet and nutrition, Reiki (a Japanese healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch), exercise, massage, yoga, light therapy, and more.
MS Advocacy Websites
Both the National MS Society and MS Association of America have sections of their websites dedicated to overall health and wellness. The NMSS “Living Well with MS” website has monthly webinars (a collaboration with Can Do MS), a wellness workbook and expert YouTube videos. The MSAA website has resources on a range of topics in the basic categories of physical and emotional health, as well as practical topics such as insurance and legal and financial health, plus finding happiness.
Editor’s Note: Please consult your health care provider before making any
healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.