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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. 2012 Employment Teleconference Series MS can have a significant impact on every aspect of life, including the world of work. Therefore, we are pleased to offer you a 6 week series of teleconferences on a variety of employment topics. Each teleconference runs from 7-8 pm and is accessible via a toll-free number. January 12: A 21st Century Approach to Job Searching** February 23: Reinvent Yourself January 26: Get Informed: Legal Protections in the Workplace** March 8: Home-Based Employment: What Employers Want February 9: Managing Challenging Resumes March 22: Don’t Do It Alone: Employment Resources **Unable to Participate? Calls are recorded for those who miss it or would like to listen again. Call for more information.

Become a Movement Ambassador We know many of you in the Hampton Roads Community want to do something about MS now… but don’t know what to do! Well we have the opportunity for you--become a Movement Ambassador! The Movement Ambassador program is a way for you to help the Chapter spread awareness about what it means to live with MS. Through formal and informal presentations, you will be prepared to share your story and provide information on the programs & services and events we provide. Call Shannon Rice or Robyn Hirsch to learn more or put your name on the list for the next training.

Mark Your Calendar! 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. 2012 Topics include: Spasticity, Nutrition, Financial Planning, Depression, Making Your Home More Accessible, Pain & MS, Care Options, Health Insurance, and MS Research. 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. Mark your calendars and watch your mailbox for more details.

MS Awareness Week: March 12-18, 2012 People all over the nation will be joining together during our seventh annual MS Awareness Week, catapulting our movement toward a world free of MS. There are so many ways for you to take action and spread the word. Let’s get planning! Fun Ways to Raise Awareness: organize a “Wear Orange” day at your work or school, conduct a Facebook campaign asking your friends to dedicate their status or profile picture to the cause, plan on sending out “orange” emails and include an MS Awareness Week tagline, or think of your own creative activity (don’t forget to share your great ideas with us!). WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ENGAGE, CONNECT, INSPIRE AND RAISE AWARENESS?

February Self Help Groups For more detailed information on times and locations, call the chapter office at (757) 490-9627. February 1 @ 10:30 am- Gloucester Group Riverside Wellness and Fitness Cntr. (7516 Hospital Dr.) February 2 @ 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. February 8 & 22 @ 5:30 pm- Williamsburg Group James City County/ Williamsburg Community Center For more information contact JoAnn at (757) 220- 0902. February 9 @ 5:30 pm- Peninsula Evening Group Sentara Careplex Hospital (Conf. Room C) For more information contact Diana at (757) 727-0427. February 14 @ 11:30 am- Virginia Beach Morning Group Frankie’s Place for Ribs (5200 Fairfield Shpg. Cntr., VB) For more information contact Pete at (757) 497-6594 or petercarolhennessy@gmail.com. February 15 @ 6:30 pm- Suffolk Group Magnolia United Methodist Church (1764 Wilroy Rd.) For more information, please contact Willie Ann at (757) 539-0139. February 20 - Elizabeth City Group Please contact Melvin at (252) 335-9158 for group time and location. February 21 @ 7 pm- Chesapeake Group Lifestyle Fitness Center @ Ches. Regional Medical Center For more information contact Margie at (757) 482-3247. February 22 @ 3 pm- Southside Group Kempsville Library (832 Kempsville Road, VB, VA) Find someone to chat with on the web at www.msworld.org. Connect with an MSFriend at 866-673-7436,


February 2012 MS Update