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Whatever situations you are facing in life, the National MS Society is a resource available to you, especially when it comes to achieving employment, career, financial and personal goals.

The South Central Region is pleased to offer Professional Career and Life Coaching to people living with MS who want to learn how to manage stress and energy in their current job, want to change career goals or improve current employment circumstances, or want to understand how and when to talk to their employers about MS. Our coaches are qualified individuals living with MS who understand the physical and cognitive challenges you face. Working one-on-one over the phone with a coach can help you take effective, focused actions to achieve balance between work, life and MS symptoms.

Additionally, the Society offers a Financial Planning Program. It's never too early to begin planning financially for the future - evaluating your income, assets, debts, benefits, and other resources is essential to being well-prepared for a future with MS. Financial Service Professional (FSP) volunteers provide pro bono financial planning and education over the phone to people living with MS and their families. Learn about basic budgeting, savings vehicles, insurance analysis and claims assistance, employee benefits analysis, retirement planning, estate planning, and legal planning.

To learn more about either of these programs, please visit our website or contact Susan LaCombe at 469-619-4711.


News & Programs
2014 Conference and Annual Meeting - Feb. 7
Join us for the Annual Meeting and MS Research Teleconference on Friday, February 7, 2:30-3:30pm CST. The National MS Society South Central Region will present the voting results of the 2014 Board of Trustees and review the financial position of the organization. Special guest speaker, Joel S. Patcher, PhD, will address progressive MS. To learn more or to register, visit our website.

Deadline Jan 15 For Scholarship Applications: MS shouldn't stand in the way of an education. That is why the Society offers college scholarships to highly qualified students who are diagnosed with MS or have a parent living with MS. The 2014 applications are still available. Visit our website to learn more about qualifications and the process. The deadline to submit your application is Jan. 15, 2014

Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Webinar Series: Can Do MS offers a monthly webinar, taking place the second Tuesday of the month. Each session gives insight from MS experts representing different medical fields so participants can ask questions and learn more about managing their MS from the comfort of their home, free of charge. The next session is January 14, titled: New Year, New Changes: Tips on Daily Living with MS. The one-hour call begins at 7pm CST.

Get Connected - Volunteer: Volunteering for the National MS Society is a great way to get connected to others who share your experiences and passions. From volunteering at an event to sharing your professional skills and personal talents, there is a need and opportunity for everyone. Learn more at our next Orientation on Thursday, January 23, starting at 6pm CST. Attend in-person or online.

Get Connected San Antonio: When I Walk Movie Screening: Join us Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak location for a special screening of Jason DaSilva's documentary, When I Walk. In 2006, 25-year-old Jason was on vacation at the beach with his family when he suddenly fell and couldn't get back up. He had MS. When I Walk is a story of his worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery and love, filled with unexpected moments of humor and joy. Tickets for this engagement are limited, so make your reservations today!

Participate in a research project that teaches strategies to help you improve cognitive function in everyday life! Dr. Alexa Stuifbergen from the UT Austin School of Nursing has recently received funding from the NIH for a multi-site trial of an intervention to improve cognitive function called MAPSS-MS (Memory, Attention and Problem Solving Skills for Persons with MS). In an earlier study, the MAPSS-MS intervention improved memory and the use of compensatory strategies. This new 8-month study will pair group sessions with home computer practice and will take place in Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. Dr. Stuifbergen and her team have been conducting research regarding issues that impact the quality of life for persons with MS for more than 20 years. If interested in participating in this new study, please call Vicki Kullberg at 800-687-8010 to see if you qualify. There is a $225 compensation for completing the study.

Get Connected Houston: MS After Hours: Join us the first Monday of the month in Houston for a social networking opportunity for people with MS ages 18-30ish. Get connected with other young people affected by MS, and enjoy happy hour and appetizers at Lupe Tortilla (2414 Southwest Fwy). For information, contact Chris Mays at 832-302-5217.

Research Update: In 2013, we continued to see the fruits of our research investment grow as significant research progress was made in the areas of stopping MS, restoring function and ending MS forever. Read more about the advancements made, particularly in the areas of progressive MS, nervous system repair and wellness/lifestyle impact. 

Office Closure: In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the National MS Society offices will be closed Monday, January 20.

If you or someone you know has been affected by MS, you are not alone. Contact the National MS Society to speak to an MS Navigator for resources on living with MS, upcoming programs, counseling and more. We provide services for anyone wanting to learn more about MS and the daily challenges of living with MS, including individuals, care partners, friends and family members.

www.MStexas.org    1-800-344-4867 (opt 1)

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