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BERTOTTI, Ana Paula; LENZI, Maria Celina Ribeiro  and  PORTES, João Rodrigo Maciel. The bearer of Multiple Sclerosis and methods of facing forward to disease. Barbaroi [online]. 2011, n.34, pp. 101-124. ISSN 0104-6578.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system considered as a demyelinating disease because it causes damage to the myelin that coats nerve fibers for the impulses to the brain, optic nerve and spinal cord. Many are the feelings that patients with this disease have since the start of receiving the diagnosis until the time to take to be a bearer of Multiple Sclerosis. Therefore, it is hoped will learn ways of coping used by patients with multiple sclerosis in relation to this disease. In more specific terms which shall be verified that these carriers have knowledge about MS, what possible limitations and adaptations and the feelings generated after diagnosis. This is a qualitative exploratory research that had five participants and the instrument was semi-structured interview. Data were analyzed using content analysis proposed by Moraes (1999). The results showed that the interviewees wish to accomplish their coping through information and necessary adjustment in accordance with each individual. Anger, fear and conformism are the feelings found.

Keywords : Chronic Diseases; Multiple Sclerosis; Coping.

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