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Multiple Sclerosis

Create a checklist to help you cope with chronic illness

A diagnosis of a debilitating chronic disease, such as Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis, can be frightening. But once you get over the initial shock, it's time to get down to work, drawing up financial and estate plans tailored to your medical condition. Your first task: Learn as much as possible about the likely progression and symptoms of your illness, and pass on the information to your advisers. Perhaps you'll require home health care at some point. If a wheelchair is in your future, you may need money to widen doorways in your home. And your doctor could be warning that you'll need to retire earlier than you'd planned, or maybe your spouse will need to...