The Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Guide to Lifestyle Empowerment
By Patricia Kennedy (Editor)
(Demos Health, Paperback, 9781936303182, 232pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
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Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1984 to offer MS programs based on the philosophy of founder, Jimmie Heuga: that a person can have a chronic disease and also maintain their health. Believe it or not, at that time MS patients were encouraged NOT to exercise or basically strain” themselves in any way.
Today, The Center Can Do MS has expanded Jimmie's philosophy from a focus on physical fitness with MS to a focus on the whole person and family living with the impacts of MS. Programs include education, nutrition, mental well-being, and exercise, as well as learning specific, individualized life management skills and ways to integrate wellness activities into everyday life. Every year they provide programs and services directly to over 10,000 people in the United States and Canada. The Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Guide to Lifestyle Empowerment provides the reader with over 20 years worth of knowledge and information accumulated by this organization and it's unique approach to wellness.
The Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Guide to Lifestyle Empowerment provides the reader with over 20 years worth of knowledge and information accumulated by this organization and it’s unique approach to wellness.
Pat Kennedy has been working in the field of MS since 1987. For most of her MS career she has been providing patient care. Pat serves on the Board and is President-elect of the International Organization of MS Nurses. In addition, she serves as a Clinical Consultant for the National MS Society and is a member of the Client Education Committee. She is active in the Consortium of MS Centers and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of MS Care. In addition, Pat is the Nurse Educator for Can Do MS