New Support Group Off to a Great Start at the Providence MS Center
October 9, 2014
People had been saying for a while that they wanted a support group, and that’s exactly what they got on September 20 from the Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center. The meeting was facilitated by David Schmitt, MSW, LCSW, who was very pleased by both the turnout and the enthusiasm of the participants.
This support group will be an open forum for people to get together and talk about the challenges of life with MS. Since those challenges are shared by people with MS as well as their family and friends, etc., the meetings are open to everyone with any connection to this disease.
Much of the first meeting was spent with people introducing themselves and talking generally about how their lives have been impacted by MS. Suggestions for future topics included:
• Well-being/Self care
• Quality of life issues/how to have joy and happiness in your life
• How to ask for help of others
• Mood and Emotions (anxiety, depression etc.)
Saturday, October 18. (Future meetings will be held on the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m).
Providence Brain and Spine Conference room
Providence St Vincent Medical Center
9135 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
For more information, contact David Schmitt at David.Schmitt@providence.org
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.