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National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hampton Roads Chapter 760 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 201 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 Toll Free: 1-800-FIGHT MS Local: 757-490-9627 Fax: 757-490-1617 Web: www.fightMS.com

Talk to your health care professional and contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT MS to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.

Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDAapproved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with MS.

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Hampton Roads Chapter

MS UPDATE

Hampton Roads Chapter 760 Lynnhaven Parkway Suite 201 Virginia Beach, VA 23452


For more information or to register, please contact the Chapter office at 757-490-9627 or visit our website at www.fightMS.com. Unable to participate on the Employment Teleconference Series Calls held January-March? The teleconferences were recorded and can be accessed on our website along with the handouts. Check out the “Programs & Services” tab on the homepage and look for “Recordings.”

2012 LINKS Teleconference Series Whether you just received a diagnosis of MS or have been living with it for a long time--the goal of this series is to “link” you with information and tips on how to maintain your quality of life in the years ahead. The nine week series will run Tuesday nights (7-8 pm) from April 3 through May 29, 2012. Each call will be conducted using a toll-free number, so you can call from the comfort of your home. Participate in several calls or just the one that interests you. Please register at least one week prior to your desired call.

April Calls:

April 3rd Health Insurance: Your Rights and Responsibilities

April 17: Improving Your Lifestyle through Financial Planning

Confusion about health insurance is common. This call will provide an overview of the major sources of health coverage for people with MS, with an emphasis on your rights and responsibilities as covered individuals.

Maintaining financial security is a high priority for people living with an unpredictable disease like MS. This discussion will include: assessing your income versus expenses, reallocating resources, benefits that are available through the government and employers, as well as resources for further information.

April 10th: Mental Gymnastics: The Power of the Mind to Hurt & Heal Come explore how emotional intelligence—the ability to identify, assess, tolerate, express, and effectively manage difficult emotions— results in a higher quality of life and an improved state of well-being.

April 24th: MS & Depression It is estimated that 50% of people with MS experience a major depressive episode at some point. Join us to address factors that can impact your emotions and outline depression vs. normal grieving, symptoms of clinical depression, and treatment options.

World MS Day is May 30, 2012: Join the Global Movement to End MS! Thank you for all your support during MS Awareness Week**; however, our job is not done! WORLD MS DAY is May 30. Let’s build on our momentum and get the word out about this unpredictable disease. Visit worldmsday.org for more information on World MS Day, as well as digital downloads to help spread the word. **Check out the National MS Society, Hampton Roads Chapter’s facebook page to view pictures of our MS Awareness Week Flag Down MS display.

April Self Help Groups For more detailed information on times and locations, call the chapter office at (757) 490-9627. April 4 @ 10:30 am- Gloucester Group Riverside Wellness and Fitness Cntr. (7516 Hospital Dr.) April 5 @ 11 am- African American Inspirational Group Hampton Public Library (936 Big Bethel Road) For more information contact VeeGee at (757) 696-2540 or veegee215@yahoo.com. April 10 @ 10 am- Virginia Beach Morning Group Kempsville Public Library (832 Kempsville Rd., VB, VA) For more information contact Pete at (757) 497-6594 or petercarolhennessy@gmail.com. April 11 & 25 @ 5:30 pm- Williamsburg Group James City County/ Williamsburg Community Center For more information contact JoAnn at (757) 220- 0902. April 12 @ 5:30 pm- Peninsula Evening Group Sentara Careplex Hospital (Conf. Room C) For more information contact Diana at (757) 727-0427. April 17 @ 7 pm- Chesapeake Group Lifestyle Fitness Center @ Ches. Regional Medical Center For more information contact Margie at (757) 482-3247. April 18 @ 6:30 pm- Suffolk Group Magnolia United Methodist Church (1764 Wilroy Rd.) For more information, please contact Willie Ann at (757) 539-0139. April 25 @ 3 pm- Southside Group Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library (Libris Room) 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., VB, VA

Find someone to chat with on the web at www.msworld.org. Connect with an MSFriend at 866-673-7436, 7am until Midnight ET.


April 2012 MS Update