I am very grateful for the Alaska MS Society with all the volunteers and staff that provide so many wonderful activities for those of us in Alaska with MS and show us how to MOVE IT! My December 2012 Waking Update was taken at the Alaska MS Society Annual Event where the party provided delicious food and time to visit with old friends and new.
This MS condition has brought me in contact with many people living with multiple sclerosis. Recognizing our similarities, it feels like an instant bond between us.
Even so, I can see our vast differences. We are all unique and have diverse interests. I’ve always been a ‘social animal’, I enjoy time spent with friends and I love meeting new people.
Whether or not we are naturally drawn to deep conversation with others, the information, understanding and compassion we receive when attending an MS event is undeniable.
The Alaska MS Center provides those of in Alaska the support and assistance we need and there are many organizations all over the world to help others living outside of Alaska.
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is one terrific resource. For information and support, take a look and register at MSF.
Financial assistance is available through the Greater Northwest Chapter of the NMSS.
Wherever you live, call an MS Navigator at 1-800 Fight MS (1-800-344-4867) during their business hours of M-F 7:00am – 5:00pm MST and ask them what’s available for you.
If you don’t have a local chapter of the National MS society you can do as my partner, Trish Robichaud did and organize one on your own! She spearheaded the founding of the Northern York Region Canadian Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada!
Whether you are a ‘social animal’ by nature or are simply feeling lonely and bored, I encourage you to do your homework, find the resources that are available for you and as the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National MS Society says, “Move it.”
I’d love to hear about the resources that you have found helpful in your MS reality.