Functional Living for Those Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Wednesday, June 21 join us at The Williams Inn, 1090 Main Street, Williamstown, MA.This program includes dinner and a presentation by Jane Edge, MS, OTR/L, DipCOT,SROT. Jane is an Occupational Therapist We hope you can join us for this free and informational program. 5:30 p.m. Registration 6:00 p.m. Welcome/Dinner 6:30 p.m. Presentation: Functional Living for Those Living with Multiple Sclerosis 7:45 p.m. Questions and Answers 8:15 p.m. Closing Remarks and Evaluation Pickup

Pre-register to: dbriggs1@msresource.org or jbombardier@msresource.org; also can call (413)664-2011)

We hope you can join us.

Thank you to Sanofi/Genzyme for your support.

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Preparing for our 9th Annual GALA - Let's Kiss MS Goodbye - Our Major Fundraiser

We have been hard at work preparing for out 9th Annual GALA - This is our major fundraiser of the year and we are fast approaching the Big Date of Saturday, April 29, 2017 to be held at the Country Club Of Pittsfield beginning at 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm. It is not to late to attend this wonderful event. Cocktails & Hors d'Oeuvres at 5:30 with dinner immediately following. Silent Auction, Wine Pull Raffle, DJ and Photo Booth will all be a part of this event. Individual Tickets are $155.00 per person or $285.00 per couple. Our silent auction already consists of over 70 baskets from very generous donors throughout the County. We have Senator Adam Hinds scheduled as a speaker. We guarantee that you will enjoy yourself by having a great time and knowing that you are helping your local MS Support Foundation to continue with our mission of providing education, support and resources for those individuals affected by multiple sclerosis, as well as families and healthcare providers who are dedicated to improving the lives of those afflicted.For more information contact dbriggs1@msresource.org or phone 413-448-4627. We look forward to you being a part of "Let's Kiss MS Goodbye" and helping out MS patients.

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Photos from "Coping with the Emotional Aspects of MS"

Our first free program for 2017 was a great success with a total of 31 people in attendance. We'd like to thank all those who attended the program and turned in their evaluation forms.  After careful review of the forms it seems that people enjoyed the topic and went home with a wealth of information from our guest speaker, William A. Goodman, Psy. D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

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Manage Stress

You may feel like you’re trapped in a vicious cycle: Stress worsens multiple sclerosis symptoms, but MS can also be stressful. Stress management techniques such as asking for help with certain tasks, learning how to prioritize, managing your time effectively, and doing deep-breathing or relaxation exercises should all be on your to-do list. These techniques help with managing multiple sclerosis day-to-day, Rensel says. Beyond that, many people who have MS also battle depression; therapy and medication for depression and anxiety can also help you get stress under control. Don’t be afraid to bring up any emotional challenges you’re going through with your doctor.

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