Category Archives: Embracing Carers

Embracing Carers Series | Praising Partnerships | Episode 12



This podcast is the second episode in our two part 2019 Embracing Carers Series!

Are you someone who provides support to a loved one living with MS?  As a support partner, you often focus solely on the needs of your loved one with MS, but it’s important to recognize the unique needs support partners have, too. How can you ensure that both you and your loved one living with MS have their needs addressed? What strategies lead to a successful partnership while navigating the challenges of MS?

Join physical therapist Mandy Rohrig and couple Dave and Laura as they discuss how Dave’s MS diagnosis has changed the dynamics of their relationship over time. They recently celebrated their 31st anniversary, but Dave’s diagnosis came after being married for several years. Listen as they dissect what and how things have changed between them, and how having a thorough understanding of your partner can make all the difference.


Embracing Carers Series | Growing Together | Episode 11



This podcast is the first episode in our two part Embracing Carers Series!

Are you someone who provides support to a loved one living with MS?  As a support partner, you often focus solely on the needs of your loved one with MS, but it’s important to recognize the unique needs support partners have, too. How can you ensure that both you and your loved one living with MS have their needs addressed? What strategies lead to a successful partnership while navigating the challenges of MS?

Join physical therapist Mandy Rohrig and couple Caroline and Tim as they discuss the challenges of navigating Caroline’s MS. Prior to meeting two years ago, Tim knew very little about MS. Listen to hear how their deep love for one another and honest, effective communication strategies have propelled them to grow closer than ever in the face of Caroline’s diagnosis.


Embracing Carers Series | Relationships & Planning for a Future with MS | Episode 6



This is the third episode in our three part Embracing Carers Series!

Are you someone who provides support to a loved one living with MS?  As a support partner, you often focus solely on the needs of your loved one with MS.  It takes a special person to care for and support someone with MS, but who is taking care of your needs?

Join psychologist Meghan Beier and couple Mark and Lynne Forette as they discuss how their relationship was impacted by Mark’s MS diagnosis and how it affected their future planning. They’ll also share some real life stories about how they adjusted for a future with MS and where they turned to for support.


Embracing Carers Series | Prioritizing Your Emotional and Physical Well-Being | Episode 5



This is the second episode in our three part Embracing Carers Series!

Are you someone who provides support to a loved one living with MS?  As a support partner, you often focus solely on the needs of your loved one with MS.  Do you ever feel that your own health and wellness needs are neglected or overlooked?  It takes a special person to care for and support someone with MS, but who is taking care of your needs?

Join psychologist Meghan Beier, physical therapist Mandy Rohrig, and support partner Malcolm Newton as they discuss barriers he faces when it comes to prioritizing his own health and how he maintains his emotional and physical well-being while caring for his wife with MS.


Embracing Carers Series | Managing Mood & Cognitive Changes in Your Loved One | Episode 4



This is the first episode in our three part Embracing Carers Series!

Are you someone who provides support to a loved one living with MS?  As a support partner, you often focus solely on the needs of your loved one with MS.  Do you ever feel that your own health and wellness needs are neglected or overlooked?  It takes a special person to care for and support someone with MS, but who is taking care of your needs?

One need that is often overlooked is coping and adapting to mood and cognitive changes that are common in MS.  Up to 65% of people with MS experience changes in their thinking skills and approximately 50% experience mood changes, including anxiety and depression. For support partners, these changing life circumstances can impact their own mood and cognitive well-being.

Join psychologist Meghan Beier and support partner Karen Peterson to discuss strategies to recognize mood and cognitive changes in your partner and yourselves, where to turn for help, and tools to adapt in everyday life.