The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto: Action to Take, Principles to Live By

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An empowering guide for increasing your quality of life, navigating challenges, and embracing opportunities

Julie Stachowiak, PhD is the About.com Guide to Multiple Sclerosis. As an epidemiologist who is also a person living with MS, Julie has an in-depthunderstanding about the scientific developments around MS and the personal side of living with a chronic illness. In the Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto, Julie shows you how to create your own personal MS manifesto and provides practical tools and reassurance to help you ìget betterî in your life, from optimizing medical care and managing symptoms, to strengthening relationships, dealing with emotions, and embracing activism.

Committed to making the hard parts easier and the good parts last longer, Julie show you how to figure out what you need, identify opportunities, understand challenges, and get your needs met. With the Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto, youíll know how to:

  • Create your personal mission statement
  • Protect yourself by learning more about medications you are currently taking or considering to take
  • Determine what you want in a doctor and how to evaluate the doctor you have
  • Celebrate your successesóand why itís essential that you do
  • Make disclosing your MS status to friends, family and others easier
  • Find a support group
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About the author

"Julie Stachowiak is the Guide to multiple sclerosis for About.com (the Internet property owned by the New York Times). She writes articles for the website (ms.about.com) the goal of which is to build a comprehensive Internet source of MS information. In that role she has been called by Josie Byzek of New Mobility Magazine ""the best MS writer on the web."" |

Julie has her doctorate in International Disease Control and Prevention from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, two Masters from Columbia University, one from the Columbia University School of Public Health in International Population and Family Health Specialization the other from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs in Human Rights and International Law/Soviet Studies Specializations. |

In 1993 she co-founded one of the first non-governmental AIDS/HIV organizations in Russia. AIDS infoshare has grown to be the most influential non-governmental organization dealing with the HIV epidemic in Russia (http://www.infoshare.ru/work/) and continues to fight to get information on the disease into the right hands. It was this work that informed her embrace of her own disease and her political stance on living with a chronic condition. |

She is the author of Demos Health's The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto: Action to Take, Principles to Live By.

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Publisher
Demos Medical Publishing
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Published on
Dec 22, 2009
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Pages
173
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ISBN
9781935281726
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Language
English
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Genres
Health & Fitness / Diseases / Immune & Autoimmune
Health & Fitness / Diseases / Nervous System (incl. Brain)
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