The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

March 9, 2013

READER: MS support group has successful first meeting

CLINTON — I was honored to be featured in “Meet Your Neighbor” on Feb 16.  

I think it helped get interest on this chronic disease and the Clinton Multiple Sclerosis Support Group that was just started.

At the first meeting though I was able to look around the room and see many great people afflicted by this illness in so many ways! Every one of them is courageous and extraordinary, yet no one looks the same!

I still get saddened that most people do not really understand the disease itself, unless they have ties that bind them to MS. MS Awareness Week is March 11-17. 

There is a ton of information available to anyone at 1-800-582-5296 or www.nationalmssociety.org.  Everyone is affected by MS differently. There is no cure at this point. There are many effective treatments, but again everyone is affected differently!  

I just hope our community becomes more familiar with multiple sclerosis, and how it can affect people.  There are at least 2.1 million cases in the world,  and at least 40,000 in the United States.

If you or someone you know has multiple sclerosis or take care of someone with multiple sclerosis, then here's something I think you should check out.

A new support group has formed here in Clinton. It's a great chance to get together and socialize, share experiences and ideas, or just listen. About 10 people showed up at the first meeting and we’d love to have more.

The next get together is Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Mercy South. Just go in the Thorwaldson entrance.

Tami Leavens,

Clinton

Tami Leavens is a nurse and can be reached at 563-357-4884 or tleavens@mchsi.com.

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