For the Newly Diagnosed

The best way you can deal with a diagnosis is to fight it head on.

Being newly diagnosed with MS is a highly emotional experience. Although you may be as young as 5 and as old as 70, most people diagnosed with MS are 20 to 40 years old.

Many of you are just starting your adult lives: finishing school, starting a first job, and finding relationships. Others are already fully engaged in their own families and work.

Regardless of your place in life, the diagnosis can be fairly overwhelming. Your response to the diagnosis can vary from denial to fear to anger. Seek out friends and family for emotional support.  Support is out there, both online and in person.

The positive news is highly effective treatment can help control the disease to reduce the risk of future disability.