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Multiple Sclerosis: Helping Those Who Help Us

By Kimberly Castelo

As someone who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, I understand the various challenges and concerns that come with it, both for the partner with a disabled body and the partner with an able body. 

In my experience, a lot of support is available for people with MS, but there aren’t as many resources for partners who double as caretakers. 

Oftentimes, when we have a partner who has a disabled body, we prioritize their care and neglect our own. However, it’s important for caretakers to also take part in self-care

Because this is so common, I have partnered with the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America to bring you a free webinar “Helping Those That Help Us: A Program for Care Partners.”

In this webinar, I discuss the challenges and cycles that partners who are also caretakers experience in their various roles, as well as some different ideas for self-care, tools, and resources for these partners

MS, like other disabilities, doesn’t mean that your relationship with your partner is doomed. Both people with disabilities and their partners who double as caretakers can, and oftentimes do, have fulfilling, happy, exciting, and healthy relationships!

You can access the webinar recording here.

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About Kimberly Castelo, LMFT-S, CST-S, CIIP

Kimberly (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist. She is the founder and owner of Healing Moments Counseling, a practice that focuses on sex therapy, attachment, social justice, and all types of relationship constellations. 

Kimberly is a Washington State Supervisor, an AAMFT Supervisor, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor and an EFT Supervisor. Kimberly also provides sex supervision through the Modern Sex Therapy Institute where folx train to be sexual educators and therapists. Kim additionally serves on the MSAA Health Advisory Counsel.

Kimberly is a national speaker, speaking on topics of faith, sexuality, grief, coping with Multiple Sclerosis, high tone pelvic floor, menopause and more! She is a gifted teacher and emphasizes the freedom that comes from education!