How to Best Support a Family Member or Friend Post Diagnosis

May 15, 2021 | Health Library

Nobody would ever want to see a family member or friend that is close to them diagnosed with any type of illness.  With Multiple Sclerosis (or MS), there is so much that is not currently known. Unfortunately, at times it is out of our own hands and unpreventable. As a result, we want to make sure we are able to support them in any way possible as they are on their road to recovery. This article will show you just how you can be there for them during these difficult and challenging times. 

The first way to support a family member or friend post diagnosis is to provide them with and motivate them toward total positivity.  Don’t give false hope but at the same time remain positive that there are options out there. Never react to news they have to tell you in a way that will scare or worry them. Instead, use phrases like “we’re in this together or we will work it out together or you aren’t alone”. Regardless, they both need and want to be comforted during these times and it is important to help them feel at peace, rather than guessing if you are being honest. 

Another way you can help someone post-diagnosis is to offer help whenever they may need it. Whether it is bringing them a new magazine or their favorite drink from the local coffee shop, taking their children to camp in the summer, bringing their dog to stay with you for a week, or even picking them out new clothes, always be a resource to them in this time of need. Also, they may like it if you come with them to one of their appointments, so they feel that you are there supporting with them through it all. It is the little things you do for them that will make them feel like they can beat what they are going through and have them feel empowered at all times. 

The last and most useful way to have your loved one feel supported by you at all times is to treat them the same way you did before they were diagnosed with MS. What this means is to never forget the simple things you had both done beforehand such as talking about sports, discussing the latest episode of your guy’s favorite television show and getting your favorite food delivered to where they are being cared for. No matter what it is, always make sure they feel like life is going on as it was before. By doing these kinds of gestures, it will show them how much you care for them, and that you want to see them back to living a full, healthy, and happy life!

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