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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:

Talk to your health care professional and contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 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


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 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.

May Calls: May 1st: At Home with MS: Adapting Your Environment An endless array of mobility aids, adaptive strategies, and environmental modifications are available to help you stay mobile, productive, and independent at home. Listen as we discuss how to make your life more accessible, as well as ways to organize to conserve energy and simplify work.

May 22nd: Care Options–When Help is Needed As your symptoms change, it is important to know what options are available to you and your family to help maintain your independence while also ensuring your needs are met. This teleconference will focus on the differences and benefits of in-home care, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, respite care, and adult day programs and how to determine which option is best for you and your family.

May 8th: Pain in MS Pain syndromes are common in MS. In one study, 55% of people with MS had “clinically significant pain.” This call will help you to understand the nature of pain in MS, discuss pain management strategies, and explore self-management models of pain.

May 29: MS Research Update The National MS Society is a driving force of MS research, supporting and stimulating world-class research into ways to prevent, better treat and cure this unpredictable disease. Join us and learn how far we’ve come, where we’re going, and what the Society and others are doing to move toward a world free of MS.

May 15th: Walking with MS: Fighting the Consequences of MS on Mobility Calling All Volunteers: Learn about the factors that lead to walking limitations in MS and the consequences of decreased mobility. We will also provide an Volunteers are essential to the success of our events. Come overview of how walking can be assessed and explain the various join us for a chance to meet new people and have a great time. therapies and devices that can help improve or maintain walking Bike MS: Virginia’s Ocean to Bay Ride performance throughout the course of the disease. June 2 & 3, 2012 Virginia’s Eastern Shore

World MS Day is May 30, 2012: Join the Global Movement to End MS!

Volunteers Needed- Registration, Truck Drivers, SAG Drivers, Rest Stops, Set-up & Clean up, Luggage Beasts, Finish Line Support, Let’s build on our momentum and get Food Service, Camp Support, Massage Therapists, Route Markers the word out about this unpredictable and Sign Sweeps disease. Visit for more information on World MS Day, as well as Please contact Karla McCarraher at digital downloads to help spread the word. or visit if you are interested in volunteering.

May Self Help Groups For more detailed information on times and locations, call the chapter office at (757) 490-9627. May 2 @ 10:30 am- Gloucester Group Riverside Wellness and Fitness Cntr. (7516 Hospital Dr.) May 3 @ 11 am- African American Inspirational Group Hampton Public Library (936 Big Bethel Road) For more information contact VeeGee at (757) 696-2540 or May 8 @ 11:30 am- Virginia Beach Morning Group Frankie’s Place for Ribs (5200 Fairfield Shopping Center) For more information contact Pete at (757) 497-6594 or May 9 & 23 @ 5:30 pm- Williamsburg Group James City County/ Williamsburg Community Center For more information contact JoAnn at (757) 220- 0902. May 10 @ 5:30 pm- Peninsula Evening Group Sentara Careplex Hospital (Conf. Room C) For more information contact Diana at (757) 727-0427. May 15 @ 7 pm- Chesapeake Group Lifestyle Fitness Center @ Ches. Regional Medical Center For more information contact Margie at (757) 482-3247. May 16 @ 6:30 pm- Suffolk Group Magnolia United Methodist Church (1764 Wilroy Rd.) For more information, please contact Willie Ann at (757) 539-0139. May 23 @ 3 pm- Southside Group Reginella’s Restaurant (4000 Virginia Beach Blvd., VB)

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

May 2012 MS Update  

MS Update published by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National MS Society

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