How to Tell Someone You Have Multiple Sclerosis

Deciding to tell people that you have multiple sclerosis is a very personal decision. When you have decided to tell people you should think through what you will say. Invite your friend or family member over for coffee or lunch, or some other private, casual setting. Begin by telling the person that you have not been feeling very well and the reasons for your symptoms have been discovered. Make sure to tell them the diagnosis and predicted outcome. Make them aware that it is not contagious and they can't get multiple sclerosis from you. Telling about your diagnosis can bring peace of mind.

Fast Facts:

  • Older children and adolescents need to be informed but may require a careful approach.
  • Be prepared to answer questions when telling people.
  • Let them know you are going to need emotional support.