National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month (NMSEAM) kicks off today! Participating groups and individuals throughout the country will recognize Awareness Month with a variety of activities all reaching towards a common goal: to promote an understanding of the scope of the disease and to assist those with MS in making educated decisions about their healthcare. In New Mexico, Wisconsin, Illinois, Vermont, Louisiana, Arizona, New Hampshire and Oklahoma, the governors have all officially recognized NMSEAM with proclamations!
“My Search: The MS Journey of Self-Discovery” is the MSF’s theme for 2011 NMSEAM. We know that many of you are actively seeking ways to improve your quality of life with MS. You call us in search of ideas and answers, and we hear your eagerness to learn as much as you can about managing your MS. Along your journey, you must make many choices: What kind of treatment is best for me? How can I make adaptations so I can continue to work? Will I ever be able to accept this disease? Who can I turn to for support?
Our national education programs will be providing MS experts to talk about these very important topics. In addition, teleconferences (details below) will be offered at times convenient to those of you on the East Coast and the West Coast. Thousands of awareness kits have been distributed, which contain information to assist you in your search for better living with MS as well as information to help others better understand MS and how it affects your life.
This year’s initiative for NMSEAM is “My Search: Do it. Live it. Share it.” We invite you to share your discoveries about what has worked best for you as you journey through life with MS. You might even win a cruise for two on the MSF’s 2011 Cruise for a Cause ®! Five runners-up chosen in a random drawing will each receive a Visa gift card worth $50. Deadline for entries is midnight April 15th. The winners will be notified by May 15th. For more information on how to enter go to http://www.msfocus.org/get-involved.aspx.
And speaking of sharing, don’t forget to join the Facebook chatter on the MSF’s NMSEAM page. Back by popular demand will be the “MS Fact” daily posting, but with an all-new feature: Video posts of the facts being read by your favorite MS healthcare experts and MSF ambassadors. Or get the daily MS fact on Twitter. To find the MSF on your preferred social network, go to http://www.msfocus.org/get-involved.aspx.
AWARENESS MONTH TELECONFERENCES
Emerging Therapies with Dr. Aaron Boster, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology, Ohio State University
Wednesday, March 2nd from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST
Thursday, March 3rd from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST
Sponsored by an educational grant from TEVA Neuroscience
Strategies to Improve Walking, Balance, Strength, and Flexibility with Herbert Karpatkin, PT, DSc, NCS, MSCS
Monday, March 21st from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST
Sponsored by an educational grant from Acorda Therapeutics
To attend these teleconferences, please call up to 10 minutes before the starting time: 888-550-5602, enter 2344 1168