Are you a teenager diagnosed with MS?
Or maybe you are worried that you might have multiple sclerosis.
More and more teenagers are being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), or are worried that they may have MS, so you are not the only one. It can be good to chat about your MS and how you feel about it especially if you feel stressed or upset. Find someone who is easy to talk to, who you like and trust and who will listen to what you say. It could be someone in your family, a friend, teacher, counsellor or health professional. Talking about your feelings can be the first step to sorting out what’s worrying you.
Tips from teens
Here’s some tips from other teenagers with MS:
- If you don’t understand something about MS, see if someone can explain it.
- There’s lots of help and support out there. Make sure you ask about it.
- Don’t make any big decisions in a hurry. Everyone’s MS is different so see what life with MS is like for you over months or even a year or more.
- Having MS doesn’t automatically stop you doing things. You can still have ambitions and achievements in life.
- Sometimes you might need to do things in a different way, maybe by having more rests, or waiting until a relapse has finished.
- Probably, your friends and classmates will never have heard of MS and won’t understand straight away. Even if they know someone with MS, everyone’s MS is different so you might like to tell them about what MS is like for you.
- The same is true for your family. They will be learning about your MS too.
- Tackle your stress especially at exam time.
- If you are worrying about not fitting in or feeling different because of your MS, try not to worry. Everyone is different and having MS is only one kind of different.
- Other teenagers live with long term medical conditions – examples are asthma, diabetes, hay fever or a bad allergy to something like peanuts. They might have to take medication, use an inhaler, go for hospital appointments or miss school sometimes. Do you know anyone like this?
- If someone doesn’t understand about MS, could you give them some information, maybe a leaflet or a link? Perhaps they just need more time to think it through.
Got questions about MS?
You probably have lots of questions and may want to know a bit more about MS. Here are some guides that would be a good starting point.
You can read them now or wait until it’s a better time. You might like to look at them with your family and friends so you can chat about what you’ve read.
Childhood MS stories
Children and young people share their experiences of living with MS and the challenges it brings. Amy was diagnosed with MS when she was just 14 years old and talks about her experiences growing up with the condition.
Young person's guide to MS
Written with the help of 10-16 year olds who know what it is like to have a parent with MS and who share their experiences, worries and emotions about living with MS in their family.
Get involved with MSTV
MSTV is our new YouTube channel and project for young people aged 11 to 17 who are affected by MS.
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Last reviewed: 21 June 2016
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