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The Mid Florida 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 national and local programs that:
>Inform and educate people with MS and their families, professionals, community leaders and the public about multiple sclerosis.
>Provide support programs that help people with MS and their families manage the impact of the disease.
>Help people gain access to community resources and quality, specialty health care.
>Stimulate changes in the community and public policy beneficial to people affected by MS.
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Information Resource Center 800.344.4867
Self Help and Support Groups
Just Found Out “I have MS”—Newly Diagnosed
Caring for someone with MS—Care Partner
Wellness –How to live well with MS
Employment –Your rights and how we can help
The Information Resource Center is not only for people with MS, but also for family members, friends, employers, and health care professionals. Supportive professional staff is available to speak with you Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Call our Information Resource Center at 800.344.4867 to obtain answers for the questions about:
> MS and newly diagnosed
> current research and treatments
> community and medical resource referrals
> Health and Social Security benefits
> and thousands of other questions
If you are living with MS and find that you are struggling financially and can't afford some of the items or services you need to live more comfortably and independently, we have a limited financial assistance program.
Our self-help and support groups are wonderful and supportive venues that give you the opportunity to meet others affected by MS and offer support and information about living with MS. To find the right group for you, check the listing of the groups in your area. If you cannot find a group in your area, please call the Mid Florida Chapter office nearest you to discuss further options or 800.344.4867.
It can be difficult to hear the words “you have MS” for the first time. When you are newly diagnosed, you will find that you have many questions about what this diagnosis means for you, and how it will impact your life and the lives of your loved ones. There are many challenges, but there are also many supportive options available to help you.
Taking care of someone with MS can strengthen the bonds of love, but it can also be physically and emotionally draining. As a care partner, it’s also important to take the time to pay attention to your own needs, which benefits everyone.
There are many opportunities to live well with MS and maintain a quality lifestyle and one key way is to exercise. The benefits of exercise are numerous, and today there are many classes and wellness activities that are adaptable to differing levels of ability. The Mid Florida Chapter of the National MS Society offers a variety of fun, challenging and interesting exercise options.
Employment is often a high concern when dealing with the unpredictably of MS symptoms. The National MS Society has beneficial information regarding disclosure, knowing your rights, and workplace decisions, legal perspectives, education programs and links to career resources.
If you need equipment such as walkers, grab bars, wheelchairs, or bathroom safety items that are not adequately covered by insurance or are not available from other resources, the chapter may be able to help.
When transportation poses a barrier, we can provide limited support for transportation to MS-related medical appointments and chapter actives.