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If you’re living with relapsing MS, nothing beats hearing from people who understand what you’re going through.

Here, you can read some of the best stories collected from MS LifeLines newsletters featuring advice and firsthand experiences from ambassadors, care partners, healthcare providers, and more.

Four ways to help your care partner help you

As a care partner, Duane D. has a unique point of view on how people living with MS and their care partners can work better together.

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Two ambassadors compare notes on being single, dating, and MS

Two women living with relapsing MS talk about how they’ve handled some of the issues that come up when you’re single and in the dating scene.

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MS: The third wheel in a relationship

An MS LifeLines Nurse discusses the importance of talking about intimacy issues with your partner and your healthcare provider.

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How Bob turned things around

As a new dad, Bob thought the worst when he received his MS diagnosis. But his wife helped him put things in perspective and start living in the now.

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Kidversations 2: How do you explain MS to kids?

The second article in this series shares some ideas about helping kids understand MS and not be scared.

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Three mom-approved tips for a relaxing holiday

With four kids at home, MS LifeLines Ambassador Julie W. has learned a few things about how not to stress out during the holiday season.

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Giving yourself permission 

One MS LifeLines Ambassador learned that sometimes taking care of yourself starts with giving yourself permission to say one small word: no.

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Does MS mean “More Silence” for men?

A neurologist and an MS LifeLines Ambassador discuss some of the challenges that are unique to men living with MS. 

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Four tips to become more positive

Adjusting to life with MS can sometimes be tough. An MS LifeLines Nurse shares some strategies she’s learned that may make it a little easier.

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Finding your own focus

MS LifeLines Ambassador Heidi S. discusses how she reshuffled her priorities to put health and family first.

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Three things I learned from talking to people with relapsing MS

An MS LifeLines Nurse discusses a few of the unexpected lessons she’s learned from the people she meets who are living with relapsing MS.

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Four tips for MS care partners

An MS LifeLines Ambassador shares some care partner tips she’s learned from helping her husband live with relapsing MS.

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Kidversations: How to talk to kids about MS

The first in a series of articles that help answer a big question on the minds of many do you speak to kids about MS?

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Six ways to keep it real with your healthcare provider

Learn from other people’s experiences with these six commonsense tips for having a successful visit with your healthcare provider.

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Peer Connection: Talking to someone who gets it

Thinking about calling the Peer Connection Program? This article explains what happens when you call and how it may help.

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Three reasons to attend our live events

Two MS LifeLines Nurses talk about what happens at live events and why people living with MS and their care partners find them inspiring.

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Four things to know about relapses or flare-ups

Randall T. Schapiro, MD, FAAN, addresses four key facts about flare-ups that may help your understanding of relapsing MS and treatment.

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Six top questions for the MS LifeLines Call Center

Two MS LifeLines Nurses answer some of the most common questions they receive at the MS LifeLines Call Center.

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MS LifeLines Ambassadors are sponsored by EMD Serono, Inc.


Rebif ® (interferon beta-1a) is used to treat relapsing forms of MS to decrease the frequency of relapses and delay the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS.

Important Safety Information

Before beginning treatment, you should discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with Rebif with your healthcare provider.

Rebif can cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed below while taking Rebif.

  • Behavioral health problems, including depression and suicidal thoughts. You may have mood problems including depression (feeling hopeless or feeling bad about yourself), and thoughts of hurting yourself or suicide
  • Liver problems or worsening of liver problems, including liver failure. Symptoms may include nausea, loss of appetite, tiredness, dark colored urine and pale stools, yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eye, bleeding more easily than normal, confusion, and sleepiness. During your treatment with Rebif you will need to see your healthcare provider regularly and have regular blood tests to check for side effects
  • Serious allergic and skin reactions. Symptoms may include itching, swelling of your face, eyes, lips, tongue or throat, trouble breathing, anxiousness, feeling faint, skin rash, hives, sores in your mouth, or skin blisters and peels
  • Injection site problems. Symptoms at the injection site may include redness, pain, swelling, color changes (blue or black), and drainage of fluid
  • Blood problems. Rebif can affect your bone marrow and cause low red and white blood cell and platelet counts. In some people, these blood cell counts may fall to dangerously low levels. If your blood cell counts become very low, you can get infections and problems with bleeding and bruising. Your healthcare provider may ask you to have regular blood tests to check for blood problems
  • Seizures. Some people have had seizures while taking Rebif

Rebif will not cure your MS but may decrease the number of flare-ups of the disease and slow the occurrence of some of the physical disability that is common in people with MS.

Do not take Rebif if you are allergic to interferon beta, human albumin, or any of the ingredients in Rebif.

Before you take Rebif, tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any of the following conditions:

  • mental illness, including depression and suicidal behavior
  • liver problems, bleeding problems or blood clots, low blood cell counts, seizures (epilepsy), or thyroid problems
  • you drink alcohol
  • you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Rebif will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant during your treatment with Rebif
  • you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Rebif passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will use Rebif or breastfeed. You should not do both

Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.

The most common side effects of Rebif include:

  • flu-like symptoms. You may have flu-like symptoms when you first start taking Rebif. You may be able to manage these flu-like symptoms by taking over-the-counter pain and fever reducers. For many people, these symptoms lessen or go away over time. Symptoms may include muscle aches, fever, tiredness, and chills
  • stomach pain
  • change in liver blood tests

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Rebif. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Refer to the Instructions for Use that comes with the Rebif ® Rebidose® (interferon beta-1a) autoinjector.

This information is not intended to replace discussions with your doctor. For additional information about Rebif, please consult the Prescribing Information and Medication Guide and talk to your doctor. You can also visit or call, toll-free, 1-877-447-3243. Rebif is available by prescription only.

Rebif, Rebif Rebidose, Rebiject II, MS LifeLines, and the Rebif logo are registered trademarks of EMD Serono, Inc. or its affiliates.

Brought to you by EMD Serono, Inc., the marketer of Rebif in the US.

This information is intended only for residents of the United States.