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Counseling groups for people newly diagnosed with MS to be held in Golden Valley, Mankato

Aug. 25, 2008

Contact: Emily Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter will host weekly counseling groups for people newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, from Sept. 17 to Nov. 5, in Golden Valley, Minn., and Mankato, Minn.

Newly Diagnosed Counseling Groups provide opportunities to obtain accurate information about MS, consider ways to effectively manage living with a chronic disease and receive and lend support to others. Group facilitators are licensed professionals knowledgeable about MS and related issues. A neurologist specializing in MS will attend one session to field questions. Family and friends are encouraged to attend this session.

The groups meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday for eight weeks. Registration is required. To register, contact Jeff Fisher at 612-335-7951 or jfisher@MSsociety.org. To learn more about National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter programs and services, visit http://www.mssociety.org/ or call 800-582-5296.

About the multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50 state network of chapters. We fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS now. The Minnesota Chapter represents an estimated 9,000 people with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Join the movement at nationalmssociety.org.

Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ or 1-800-344-4867 to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.


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