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RELATIONSHIP MATTERS: 8 HOURS TO A LIFETIME OF RELATIONSHIP SATISFACTION Having a successful relationship is hard work even in the best of times. MS can make it even more challenging. The National MS Society is proud to offer a program specifically designed to help couples negotiate and manage the uncertainty of living with multiple sclerosis Relationship Matters: 8 Hours to a Lifetime of Relationship Satisfaction.

Couples participating in the program have the opportunity to engage in creative and interactive course curricula designed to deal with challenges related to MS. Participants will acquire the skills and access resources to more successfully manage the effects of MS on your relationship. When you know how to take charge as a couple, MS doesn’t have to rule your relationship. Please join us in Livermore on Friday and Saturday, May 31st - June 1st at the Hilton Garden Inn. The program is $50 per couple and hotel rooms are $99 per night. Space is limited. To register call 1-800-344-4867. ◊

The Relationship Matters program exists to help you and your partner minimize the impact of MS on your lives by: • Improving communication and problem

solving skills

• Learning how to manage MS as a team • Developing skills for life • Helping your partnership thrive

08 UPCOMING PROGRAMS Registration is required for all programs. To register, visit or call 1-800-344-4867.

Lagunitas Brews and Blues Against MS Monday, March 31st 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Lagunitas Brewing Company 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma Mark your calendar! Lagunitas Brewing Company has joined the movement for a world free of MS by donating 100% of the night’s beer proceeds to the National MS Society. We will have an appetizer buffet and feature SF blues band favorite, Jan Fanucchi. Bring the family, friends and fun to this event celebrating the last day of MS Awareness Month! Walk MS: Santa Rosa - bring it on! Team Captains who have the most ticket sales in support of their team will win the night’s beer proceeds towards their team’s fundraising! Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds go back to supporting Walk MS: Santa Rosa. Register today for the walk on Sunday, May 4th at Don’t want to walk? Register to volunteer!

NORTH STATE: PROGRAMS & SERVICES: SPRING 2014 Chair Yoga with the Eureka Self-Help Group Saturday, May 3rd 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Meadows Senior Village 2065 David Way, Fortuna Yoga is a low-impact activity that can improve physical function, cognition and overall quality of life. As they say at the end of yoga practice, Namaste - be well. Join the Eureka Self-Help Group in welcoming Deborah Ashlie for chair yoga! Deborah has been a RN for over 35 years with a specialty in cardiac rehabilitation. She is currently deepening her study of yoga at the Shasta Yoga Center in Mt. Shasta. She has a passion for mindbody fitness and has been helping people make healthy lifestyle changes for the past 20 years. Deborah has been on a healing journey with MS since 1980 and her desire is to inspire and encourage persons with MS to keep moving and stay positive and healthy in the face of living with an unpredictable disease.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Bay Area • Everyday Matters: Living Your Best Life with

MS, Mondays: April 21st - May 9th in Walnut Creek • Newly Diagnosed Orientation on May 7th in San Francisco

REGISTER AT NATIONALMSSOCIETY.ORG/CAN | 1-800-344-4867 • Relationship Matters in Livermore on May

31 & June 1 • Take Charge on June 20-22 in Oakland st


Central Valley

• Rally in the Valley on April 12th in Oakdale • Newly Diagnosed Orientation on May 6th

in Modesto • Yoga for MS on Tuesdays in Modesto

Greater Sacramento

• A Night at the Ballpark on April 15th in • • •

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Sacramento Newly Diagnosed Orientation on May 1st in Carmichael Mix and Mingle Networking Hour on June 18th in Sacramento Have MS, Will (Still) Travel: Tips for Traveling with MS on May 14th in Carmichael Free From Falls on Wednesdays from May 21st - July 9th in Citrus Heights Mix and Mingle Networking Hour on June 18th in Sacramento

South Bay

• Horse Power: Living Strong with MS on

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Thursdays from April 3rd - May 8th and May 29th - July 10th in Gilroy Everyday Matters, five-week series beginning on April 8th in Santa Clara Care Partners of MS Social on April 12th in Santa Clara Newly Diagnosed Orientation on May 6th in Santa Clara Morning Tea: Tea Party for Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Friends on May 17th in San Jose Wine Down Wednesday on May 21st in Los Gatos


• Take Me Out to the Ball Game at the San

Jose Giants on June 13th in San Jose • Gentle Yoga for People with MS, ongoing series on Thursdays in Saratoga


• Chico - Amy: 530-863-7818, Tracy:


HUMBOLDT COUNTY • Eureka - Ann Louise: 707-839-0177,

Kim: 707-445-9803


• Corte Madera (*Group does not meet in

July & August) - Vicki: 415-892-7370, Anita: 415-892-5548


• Fort Bragg - Alice: 707-964-7850


• HOPE 4 MS - Beth: 530-246-8404,

Patricia: 530-222-7277, Pat: 530-357-3585


• Petaluma - Rebecca: 209-327-8050 • Santa Rosa - Susan: 707-544-9654,

Debbie: 707-548-8437

• Windsor - Kate: 707-433-9194, Becky:



• Yuba City - Evon: 530-701-2189

10 MEET YOUR NEW COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Hello! My name is Amy Clark, your new Community Development Manager for the North Bay region. I am excited to advocate for MS, help bring valuable services and programs to people living with MS and be the Site Manager for Walk MS: Santa Rosa and Yuba City!

As someone living with MS, I am thrilled to be working for an organization and cause that I am truly passionate about. I have spent over 10 years in the healthcare industry working with MS patients, doctors, health insurance companies and healthcare technology. I also lead the Self-Help Group in Chico and am very committed to living my best life with MS and helping others do the same. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. Please feel free to contact me anytime at or 530-863-7818.

MS CONNECTION: SPRING 2014 GET WHEN I WALK SHOWN IN YOUR AREA An emotional documentary filled with unexpected moments of humor and joy, When I Walk is a life-affirming film driven by a young man’s determination to survive. In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when suddenly he fell down. His legs had stopped working. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had MS. Jason picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love. Bring When I Walk to your local theater with Tugg, an online platform that gives individuals and organizations a cost-free way to host movie screenings in their local theater. Visit and create an event. Next, select a theater and date. Once your event is created, spread the word to pre-sell the tickets. Once your ticket sales reach the required minimum, the movie will be shown. The Chapter is happy to help advertise your event to get the tickets sold. E-mail

Spring 2014 MS Connection - North Bay Upcoming Programs  

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