PLEASE NOTE: Since the publication of these booklets, updates have been made to disease modifying therapies (DMTs) available in Canada.
For updated information on DMTs please visit Treatments.
We are pleased to offer a variety of publications and materials dealing with the many aspects of life with MS. These publications are available for people with MS, families, friends, caregivers and young people and are grouped by the following headings for easy access.
Choosing the best treatment option will be a very personal decision that will be influenced by many factors. This booklet discusses the risks and benefits of MS medications. Only available in pdf format.
When your doctor first tells you that you have multiple sclerosis, the news can feel overwhelming. A thousand questions crowd your mind. This booklet explains what may happen to you during the course of the disease, why you have symptoms, and the medications that are available to treat your MS. Only available in pdf format.
This brochure provides a brief overview of MS and answers common questions many newly diagnosed individuals have. This resource includes information on symptoms, types of MS, treatments, MS myths, research and what help is available.
A straight forward and supportive guide that recognizes the special concerns of people with progressive MS. Looking at the issue of treatment and symptom management, this booklet also explores non-pharmacological ways of improving quality of life.
This booklet helps to identify warning signs of potentially unreliable information about MS on the internet, magazines, newspapers, television programs and radio commentaries. Only available in pdf format.
This publication discusses the different types of pain experienced in MS and the steps that can be taken to prevent, eliminate, or improve this pain. A useful publication for working with your physician.
This booklet explains the effects that MS may have emotionally and psychologically on individuals. It describes common reactions to chronic disease and the usual stages of adjustment to MS in a positive and easy to understand manner.
Regular exercise is an important factor in maintaining health. But it’s difficult to stick to a program when you have MS, because of fluctuating symptoms. This illustrated workbook outlines a flexible, individualized exercise program that can be adapted to changing physical abilities.
MS and Fitness - This publication from our Quebec Division discusses the benefits of physical activity as well as the dangers of inactivity and new approaches to this field. It also suggests sports and activities that can be enjoyed by people with MS, whether or not they have functional limitations.
A colourful activity book for children of parents with MS, intended to help children find answers to questions about MS and talk with their family and friends about the changes MS can bring. This publication, produced in collaboration with the National MS Society (U.S.), is based on NMSS's award-winning newsletter Keep S'myelin.
A colourful publication for teens which includes basic information about MS and testimonies from teens who have a parent with MS. It is intended to help teens understand MS, its impact on the family, and their own feelings about the disease.
This booklet is for pre-school children and describes MS and its effects in an easy to understand manner. Written by a mother with MS and her daughter, the booklet also includes a "rainbow activity" that children can prepare with a parent after reading the book. Only available in pdf format.
This book provides a view of MS through the eyes of a child struggling to understand his mother's mysterious and sometimes frightening illness. This is a beautiful tale of coping, compassion, and caring that should be shared between all parents with MS and their children. For children approximately 6-10 years old.
Provides comprehensive practical information and guidance on a wide range of income and employment issues relevant to living with MS. Also included is a separate booklet about MS in the workplace for employers of persons with MS.
Have you ever felt that you were more of an 'expert' on multiple sclerosis than the physician treating you? Have you ever wished your doctor had dealt with an MS symptom more sensitively than they did? This publication was developed by the Professional Resource Center of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (USA), the Canadian adaptation is a resource containing six publications which help physicians support their patients through some of the more challenging aspects of MS:
Once diagnosed, it is often difficult for people with MS to obtain insurance. This booklet provides easy-to-understand information about life insurance and describes strategies for acquiring life insurance as well as alternatives to insurance coverage.
This is a comprehensive booklet that covers a variety of finance-related topics to help individuals meet the financial challenges that can accompany MS. The booklet is broken down in to four sections: Where Am I Today, Moving Forward After Initial Diagnosis, Taking Care of Finances and If MS Progresses.
On November 24 and 25, 2009 the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada hosted a two day forum in order to share knowledge and develop recommendations that would contribute to lessening the financial burden borne by many who undertake to provide care for a loved one.
Parents of children with MS often report feeling frustrated, overwhelmed or even helpless about how to help their children. The goal of this handbook is to provide you with tips on parenting a child living with MS and offer tools and resources for you to be your child’s best advocate.
This activity book is for kids aged 5 to 12 who have multiple
sclerosis. The book helps families talk about MS, helps children
understand how MS affects their daily life and offers suggestions
for discussing MS with friends and schoolmates. You can also link to the interactive
version on the National MS Society’s website (English
This handbook contains articles on a variety of topics written by specialists in childhood MS, and includes resources and information to further guide parents with regards to more specific topics. Only available in pdf format.
An information guide on pediatric MS for parents of children with MS, MS Society staff and volunteers, health professionals and others with an interest in this topic. Areas covered include general information on pediatric MS, diagnosis and treatment, emotional and cognitive issues and financial and insurance assistance. Only available in pdf format.
Some divisions and chapters develop their own lending libraries that distribute the available MS Society publications and other resources. To find out if there is a lending library in your area contact your nearest MS Society office.
**Please note that not all divisions and chapters house their own lending libraries.**