Information Library

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.

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.

About multiple sclerosis - general information

Newly Diagnosed Fact Sheet    
My MS Healthcare Team Discussion Guide
Multiple Sclerosis and how we can help
Relapses and Relapse Management
MS Lesions
MS: Its effects on you and those you love
large.jpg A resource for those newly diagnosed with MS. It answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the disease and also describes effective coping mechanisms.
Living with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
d089db7f1b55628f6b03f45bf2fbc37f_medium.gifLiving with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis 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.
Resilience - Addressing the Challenges of MS
large.jpgThis book provides an overview of the leading theories of resilience, as well as the positive changes that building resilience can create in one’s life. It also outlines practical strategies for developing greater resilience.

Resilience: Addressing the Challenges of MS (video)

Managing MS symptoms

Cognition and MS
a968a64e42b00770356082802fbf8883_medium.gifMS has the potential to affect brain function—personality, emotions and intellect (cognition) either directly or indirectly...
Mood Changes in Multiple Sclerosis

This book explore why and how people with MS experience changes in mood, and provide the latest information on how these symptoms can be addressed.

Mood Changes in Multiple Sclerosis (video)

Intimacy and Sexuality 
5c1fc23eef14952f405b57452d41afef_medium.gifA satisfying, intimate relationship rests on a broad foundation of trust, open and honest communication, shared goals and expectations, and mutual respect and concern...
Pain and MS 
4b81388bedfefdd32e48c7173812e4a7_medium.jpgThis 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.
Fatigue and MS
b0192229e6f8eb03d7334c653af1666e_medium.gifMS fatigue can be one of the most disabling symptoms of MS. According to some studies, over 90% of people with MS experience fatigue...
Managing Pain and Sleep Issues in MS
Spasticity, Mobility Problems and Multiple Sclerosis
387a7ab27ba370ceb8ba4bae7aaef72b_medium.gif Spasticity is one of the most challenging of all MS symptoms. It comes and goes. It feels different to different people, even to the same person at different times. This booklet will help you to deal with this symptom in order to maximize mobility and quality of life.
Managing Bladder & Bowel Issues in MS
f71df6f04e4dd598c44aa9fd33044127_medium.png This booklet provides an overview of the types of bladder and bowel issues common to MS. It further outlines the most successful ways that individuals and clinicians have developed for managing these symptoms, and explains why doing so is of utmost importance to your general well-being.

Managing Bladder & Bowel Issues in MS (video)

Bladder Dysfunction 
d43cc76674d640f2536fe76121faf320_medium.gifBladder dysfunction is common and can be an upsetting symptom. It can impact energy levels by interfering with sleep patterns, and the uncertainty associated with it can interfere with social activity...

Health and wellness

MS and Vaccines - A Review
large.jpgYou have MS and do not know if you should be vaccinated? Know that immunization is the best way to protect yourself and prevent risks and complications associated with some diseases. A health professional can advise you about vaccines that could be given to you. You can also find relevant tips in the Vaccines Update, available online.
Women's Health and MS
large.jpgThis publication covers topics such as menstruation, pregnancy and menopause in women with multiple sclerosis.
10 Tips for people living with MS
336fbec74c2d9e95666015eff9a5d45f_medium.jpgThis booklet provides ten guiding principles for living well with a chronic illness such as multiple sclerosis.
Healthy Eating
163d4db1964dc4fea7fc5626378e881b_medium.jpgBased on Canada's Food Guide, this booklet discusses the importance of a well-balanced diet and includes a comprehensive section on food preparation techniques for individuals with MS.
Multiple Sclerosis and Your Emotions
375a55b2d4a65de6d5c70d1b2f33bb3b_medium.jpgThis 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.
Everybody Stretch
3174000aa0fe798259e9855b13b68613_medium.gifRegular 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.
Physical Activity Guide
33f976dd26abb5cd992c1f0be62b8b75_medium.jpgPhysical Activity Guide - This guide was developed for people who have MS who would like to start an exercise program.
Taming Stress
dfae41cc8cb6876d73bfa1aa6f22615d_medium.gifThis booklet will provide you with strategies for simplifying daily life, as well as exercises in muscle relaxation and deep breathing which will help you cut stress down to size.

Multiple sclerosis and family

Talking about MS: A Guide for Families
5e161aa66b373be7907d45325ec13583_medium.pngA practical aid to help parents communicate better with their children about MS, by helping parents understand their children's reactions and giving them tools to explain the disease.
Keep S'myelin
f66e367516fb9359db1b76697d49ab95_medium.gifA 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.
Keep Your Balance!
52e8876451e31024e5b9e7f59367f77b_medium.jpgA 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.
My Mommy has MS
ae663c42358271dd70afce61d5de839a_medium.gifThis 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.

Managing practical issues

Employment and Income Support Series

Working with MS
Leaving the Workplace
Income Support
Returning to Work
Financial Assistance
Tax Relief

MS in the Workplace: An employer's guide
3ab75035fdc50632fbd5153efcb35623_medium.gifThis publication is intended for employers of those diagnosed with MS. It is a stand-alone piece which is part of a resource for those affected by MS called, A Guide to Employment and Income Support.
Insuring Your Future: Your guide to life insurance and multiple sclerosis
4c8819f0d4ed79deb658515fcea45637_medium.gifOnce 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.
Adapting: Financial Planning for a Life with Multiple Sclerosis
d468cb94a95c07e857c81b553a81bb14_medium.gifThis 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.

MS and caregivers

A Guide for Caregivers
c114911e6229296a6947aabf3772e950_medium.gifThis guide provides information on practical issues faced by caregivers. A resource list is included.

Young persons with MS

Managing School Related Issues
9e319fe2cf4bb4c3cf24306aaa22d78d_medium.gifParents 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.
Childhood MS: A Guide for Parents (MSIF resource)
large.jpgThis guide is intended to help parents or caregivers understand more about the care a child living with MS may need, and the kind of support you are entitled to in order to manage the changes MS can bring.
Mighty Special Kids
ce188435daa379417c4398ab375fb938_medium.gifThis 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 only) .
Kids Get MS Too: A Guide for Parents Whose Child or Teen has MS
cc6ab785bab6febf83a53e21ca2c8700_medium.gifThis 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.
Kids Get MS Too – Questions and Answers
24a9ea432ede9b27be711b1293239f5f_medium.gifAn 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.

MS and Allied Diseases

Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO), sometimes known as 'Devic's disease' is a rare autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system (CNS) where antibodies can damage the spinal cord and/or optic nerves during attacks...
Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis or ADEM, is a rare neurological disorder that predominantly affects children, but can affect individuals of any age. It is characterized by a short-lived but widespread attack of inflammation in the central nervous system (brain, including optic nerve, and spinal cord) causing damage to the myelin, the protective covering of nerve fibers.

Lending Libraries

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.**

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Additional Information

For additional resources visit our Education Videos on the MS Society of Canada YouTube Channel.


Multiple Sclerosis - The Facts You Need Fifth Edition by

Dr. Paul O'Connor



How To Health Guide (2016)

How to Fill Out an Application for Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits is a step-by-step resource guide to submitting a successful application for CPP-D benefits. (This is applicable to Canadians living outside of Quebec).

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