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Oklahoma | June 2014


Got Questions? MS Navigators Have Answers

Whether you are a person with multiple sclerosis, a family member, or concerned about someone with MS, the National MS Society is your partner — providing answers to your questions and access to information about all of the options available to you.

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  • Learn more about questions an MS Navigator can help you with, including identifying treatment options and symptom strategies, connecting to community resources, accessing optimal healthcare, meeting workplace challenges, understanding benefits, navigating financial obstacles, and finding peer support.

  • Call MS Navigators during standard business hours, 800-344-4867, option 1.

  • Email your questions: contactusnmss@nmss.org

  • Follow MS Navigators on Facebook

  • Submit a question, or follow the discussion, on MSConnection.org. MS Navigators help moderate the discussion threads and answer questions that are posted.


News and Notes

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MS DOCUMENTARY ON PBS
Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything — and inspired him to make another film. His uncompromising award winning documentary of life with progressing MS, “When I Walk,” opened PBS’ current season of Point-of-View this month, but you can stream it online through July 23.



Do something about MS now ... Volunteer Orientation

GET CONNECTED:
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, July 17 from 6-7pm CST. Attend this meeting in-person or online. 


ARE YOU A BIKE MS CHAMPION?
Bike MS Champions are individuals living with MS who share their story to inspire and connect Bike MS to our mission. Stories are shared on the event website, social media, media print materials, and other communications to provide education opportunities that will further engage Bike MS fundraisers. Additionally, on select rides, Bike MS Champions provide their signature to be screen printed on an orange bandana that is carried by the cyclists during the event as a symbol of their commitment to making an impact on MS Now. If you would like to learn more about how you can be a Bike MS Champion, please call 800-344-4867.


NEW OK SELF HELP GROUPS
Two new groups are offering individuals living with MS, along with friends and family, the opportunity to connect with each other. Angela Dean is leading a new group in Norman, meeting the 3rd Saturday of the month from 2-4pm at Trinity Baptist Church Norman. Kim Seagraves is leading a new group in Stillwater, meeting the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8pm at the Stillwater Public Library. Contact the Society to learn more about either group, or other Self Help Group options near you.

SAVE THE DATE: JOURNEY CAMP
Journey Camp is an exciting weekend recreational experience for children or teens who have a parent living with MS. This camp educates children about MS while having fun, and it travels to a new destination each year. This year, the camp will take place Sept. 5-7 at YMCA Camp Classen in Davis, OK.
>>Learn more


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ARE YOU A SMARTY PANTS?
Join other members of the MS movement in some friendly competition during the 8th Annual Smarty Pants Trivia Night on August 7 in Oklahoma City. Connect, play, eat, drink, and win, all benefiting the National MS Society. Purchase your tickets today!


Representative Barbara Lee

RESEARCH UPDATE
With support from Oklahoma MS activists, the House of Representatives last week voted to fund the MS Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) at $10 million for 2015. This federally-funded program is an investment in high risk/high reward MS research; granting $28 million to date. Watch Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13) share her family’s connection to MS as the House votes on her $10 million MS research amendment. MS activists’ work is not done yet as the U.S. Senate still has to act on this bill. Join the Oklahoma Action Network today and help MS Activists take this $10 million investment to the bank!


MS SYMPTOMS WEBINAR
Can Do MS offers a monthly webinar you can participate in from the comfort of your home, free of charge. The next session, July 8, is titled "MS Symptoms Park 1: Unique Approaches to Unique MS Symptoms." Ever wondered if there was a novel approach to managing one or more of your MS symptoms? This month’s webinar will help you. Call begins at 7pm CST.
>>Register here


Join the MS Activist Network Learn About Wellness Options Find a Self Help Group

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.

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