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MS Family Discovery Weekend Visits Mystic

September 9, 2011

Generously funded by the Hayley's Hope and Michaela's Miracle MS Memorial Fund.

The 2011 MS Family Discovery weekend was held July 9 and 10, in the Mystic area. 200 people, ranging from grandparents to grandchildren, attended the program, all of whom have a member of their family that is affected by multiple sclerosis.

MS Family Discovery Weekend is a bi-annual program that promotes communication and overall wellness for families with someone who lives with multiple sclerosis. This year’s MS Family Discovery Weekend featured an educational workshop with clinical psychologist Paul Reid, Psy. D., and an art therapy breakout session for the children at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, followed by a field trip to Mystic Aquarium, which included lunch and a penguin encounter. After the trip to the aquarium, attendees returned to the Mystic Marriott and could choose between family free time, a Caregivers’ Meeting, a breakout session with Paul Reid, or family movie night with ice cream sundaes.

This year’s program was generously funded by the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund.

For more information on MS Family Discovery Weekend and the many programs offered by the Connecticut chapter, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org. 

Isaiah

Isaiah Vazquez, 11, of Hartford, shows his fight MS drawing made during the MS Education and Creative Expression Workshop for Children and Teens at MS Family Discovery Weekend, held at the Mystic Marriot in Groton, Saturday, July 9. Isaiah’s mother, Melissa Rodriguez, has been fighting multiple sclerosis since she was diagnosed in 2006. MS Family Discovery Weekend is a bi-annual program that promotes communication and overall wellness for families with someone who lives with multiple sclerosis. This year’s MS Family Discovery Weekend, held in the Mystic area, featured an educational workshop with clinical psychologist Paul Reid, Psy. D., an art therapy breakout session for the kids and a field trip to Mystic Aquarium, which included lunch and a penguin encounter. For more information on MS Family Discovery Weekend and the many programs offered by the Connecticut chapter, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.

Taina

 

 

Taina Hightower, 9, of East Hartford smiles while drawing during an art therapy breakout session at MS Family Discovery Weekend, held at the Mystic Marriot in Groton, July 9. Taina’s mother, Roxanne Willingham, was diagnosed with MS in 2008. MS Family Discovery Weekend is a bi-annual program that promotes communication and overall wellness for families with someone who lives with multiple sclerosis. This year’s MS Family Discovery Weekend, held in the Mystic area, featured an educational workshop with clinical psychologist Paul Reid, Psy. D., an art therapy breakout session for the kids and a field trip to Mystic Aquarium, which included lunch and a penguin encounter. For more information on MS Family Discovery Weekend and the many programs offered by the Connecticut chapter, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org

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James and Diane Mathis of Bloomfield participate in a workshop with Dr. Paul Reid, Psy. D during his “Who Invited You to My Party?” breakout session at MS Family Discovery Weekend, held at the Mystic Marriot in Groton, July 9. The session aimed to help couples communicate more effectively about MS and its impact upon their relationships. MS Family Discovery Weekend is a bi-annual program that promotes communication and overall wellness for families with someone who lives with multiple sclerosis. This year’s MS Family Discovery Weekend, held in the Mystic area, featured an educational workshop with clinical psychologist Paul Reid, Psy. D., an art therapy breakout session for the kids and a field trip to Mystic Aquarium, which included lunch and a penguin encounter. For more information on MS Family Discovery Weekend and the many programs offered by the Connecticut chapter, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org

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Amanda Boan, 7, of Southington and Camille Benoit, 9, of Danielson enjoyed some time drawing while getting to know each other at the MS Education and Creative Expression Workshop during MS Family Discovery Weekend at the Mystic Marriot in Groton, July 9. Camille attended the event with her mother, Carrie Benoit, who was diagnosed with MS in 2007, while Amanda attended with grandmother Helen Mezzanotte, who has been fighting MS since 1992. MS Family Discovery Weekend is a bi-annual program that promotes communication and overall wellness for families with someone who lives with multiple sclerosis. This year’s MS Family Discovery Weekend, held in the Mystic area, featured an educational workshop with clinical psychologist Paul Reid, Psy. D., an art therapy breakout session for the kids and a field trip to Mystic Aquarium, which included lunch and a penguin encounter. For more information on MS Family Discovery Weekend and the many programs offered by the Connecticut chapter, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org

 

Family weekend 3

 

A group waits for a sand shark to swim their way at one of the touch pools in Mystic Aquarium during MS Family Discovery Weekend 2011 in Mystic, July 9, 2011. All who attended the event were supporting a family member in Connecticut who had been diagnosed with MS. MS Family Discovery Weekend is a bi-annual program that promotes communication and overall wellness for families with someone who lives with multiple sclerosis. This year’s MS Family Discovery Weekend, held in the Mystic area, featured an educational workshop with clinical psychologist Paul Reid, Psy. D., an art therapy breakout session for the kids and a field trip to Mystic Aquarium, which included lunch and a penguin encounter. For more information on MS Family Discovery Weekend and the many programs offered by the Connecticut chapter, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org

 

 

Family weekend 4

The group gets a closer look at two African penguins at Mystic Aquarium during MS Family Discovery Weekend. MS Family Discovery Weekend is a bi-annual program that promotes communication and overall wellness for families with someone who lives with multiple sclerosis. This year’s MS Family Discovery Weekend, held in the Mystic area, featured an educational workshop with clinical psychologist Paul Reid, Psy. D., an art therapy breakout session for the kids and a field trip to Mystic Aquarium, which included lunch and a penguin encounter. For more information on MS Family Discovery Weekend and the many programs offered by the Connecticut chapter, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org

 

9/12/2011

About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. 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 at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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