2013 Newly Diagnosed Teleconference Series
3 Opportunities to Learn More About MS from the Comfort of Your Home
If you or someone close to you has recently been given a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Or, you may be feeling so overwhelmed by the diagnosis that you aren’t sure what kinds of questions to ask.
We are please to present a Newly Diagnosed teleconference series for individuals recently diagnosed with MS where one can listen to and learn useful information directly from experts in the field. These experts will discuss information that is most relevant to someone who has been diagnosed with MS within the last two years.
MS 101: Understanding MS
Whether you have or may have MS, or care about someone who does, finding the right information is an important step. Learning more about the disease can help ease the anxiety and confusion that sometimes comes. This call will cover the basics of multiple sclerosis including how to access information about MS and ask questions.
Guest Speaker: Margaret F. Keller, R.N., M.S.
Margaret Keller, R.N., M.S., received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia. She has been working in the area of clinical research since 1993, and helped start the James Q. Miller M.S. Center at the University of Virginia in 2000. She continues to help coordinate care at the MS Clinic and serves on the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National MS Society. In addition, she coordinates and is the contact person for the clinical trials in MS being offered through UVA.
Although there is no cure for MS, effective strategies are available to modify the disease course, treat flare-ups, manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and provide emotional support. In combination, these treatments enhance the quality of life for people living with MS. This call will provide an overview of the types of medications used to treat MS, including the ways the medications are administered, how often, and side effects.
Guest Speaker: Carol Freeman MSN, RN, CNRN, FNP-BC
Carol is a family nurse practitioner with certification in neuroscience nursing. Carol is currently working at the MS Clinic at University of Michigan and works closely with the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter. Previously, Carol coordinated a multiple sclerosis clinic for 20 years.
To Tell or Not Tell: Disclosing Your MS
We know it can be difficult to hear the words "You have MS." There are so many questions that arise in the first few years about what the diagnosis means for you, how it will impact your relationships and career, and how to manage the chronic nature of the disease. This teleconference will outline the pros and cons of disclosing your symptoms and diagnosis to family, friends and employers, as well as federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities in the work place.
Guest Speakers: Dr. Rosalind Kalb, Vice President of Clinical Care for the National MS Society
Barbara McKeon, Director of Employment Programs and Services at the New York City-Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society.