For people living with MS, the journey from diagnosis to end-of-life may range from a nearly normal life expectancy with death from natural causes, cancer, or heart disease to a more progressive disease course with severe disability and debilitating symptoms. Due to the unpredictability of MS, it is imperative to plan for possible outcomes in ways that enhance quality of life and foster independence and self-actualization for as long as possible. People are encouraged to explore and discuss palliative care options and strategies with their healthcare team and family members throughout the disease course to ensure that care plan options are in place.*
For more information about palliative care options in your area, please contact the nearest MS Society office.
*Adapted with permission from the National MS Society, USA