Certain neurologic conditions like epilepsy, migraine, MS, and depression require drugs that may be inappropriate or dangerous for women to take while pregnant. Are doctors routinely sharing information about these risks with female patients who are in their reproductive years? Are women initiating conversations about these risks with their doctors? We get some answers from doctors and women in the know.
Ann Romney, wife of former Massachusetts Governor and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is putting some serious muscle behind the fight against multiple sclerosis, with which she was diagnosed in 1998. She has established the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, launched a social media campaign encouraging people who live with neurologic diseases to share their stories, and is publishing a memoir this fall. She tells us about her longtime commitment to changing the lives of people with MS and other chronic neurologic illnesses.
Elizabeth Espinosa, an Emmy-winning reporter for KTLA in Los Angeles, spent much of her childhood caring for her brother, who was severely disabled due to a lack of oxygen during birth. Today, she is a passionate advocate for the rights of the disabled, and volunteers with several community groups and nonprofit organizations. She talks about how her relationship with her brother influences her work in defense of the very vulnerable.
Managing Chronic Fatigue
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is real, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine, which also identifies five major diagnostic criteria. We analyze the report, talk to CFS experts, chronicle a patient’s experience, and provide tips for managing the condition.
Help Is Here
Asking for and accepting help isn’t easy for many caregivers. We speak to former caregivers and other experts to find out how to adjust to professional help, both emotionally and practically—and how to restart your life post-caregiving.