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New Support Group Launching October 21 Will Focus on Parenting with MS

September 25, 2014

Being a parent is challenging enough on its own. Being a parent and having MS is a whole new ball game. Laura W. and Christy K. know this very well, because they both have MS and they are both moms. That’s why they're launching a support group called, “Parenting with MS.”

The purpose of the group, says Laura, “Is to connect with other people that face the same challenges” and to share ideas for solutions. For example, what if a mother wants to go on a field trip with her son’s class, but cannot navigate getting on and off the bus? How can she approach the school and suggest accommodations? And how can she talk frankly with her child about the disease, but still let the child know she is a strong and supportive presence in his or her life?
These are hard issues, and ones that are much easier to discuss with people who are going through the same thing. Through building a community, Laura and Christy hope that everyone can learn more about taking the best possible care of themselves and their children.
The group will meet on the third Tuesday of every month. The first meeting is on Tuesday, October 21 at 7 pm.
Meeting Location 

Multnomah Arts Center
Room 30
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97219

Parking in the back lot off of 31st Ave allows easy access to the accessible entrance just outside of the classroom.

More Info

Contact the National MS Society at 800-344-4867

Or Contact the Support Group Leaders
Email Christy or call Laura at 503-706-0997



About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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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