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Get To Know Your Public Officials

The role of elected officials is to represent the needs of their communities. MS activists must connect with them, share the stories of MS and communicate their needs. If given the opportunity to speak with an elected official, be brief and direct: what is multiple sclerosis, how has it impacted you and how would a policy change enhance or hinder your quality of life until we end MS forever. Couple your personal, real life experiences with facts like the financial impact of MS to explain the issue or opportunity.
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Every person touched by MS has a unique and powerful story.

Whether you are a person living with multiple sclerosis, a family member, a friend, or a volunteer for the cause, share your experience.

Sample Personal Story:

I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 2003 when I was only 25 years old. It has been a long, difficult journey. The most challenging thing for me has been maintaining my drug therapy. Like many others with MS, it took my doctors a long time to identify my illness. As a result, I lost my job and my health insurance. By the time I was officially diagnosed, I had been hospitalized 3 times in 3 months with more than $60,000 in medical bills. I couldn’t work because I was so sick. I was a single mother with household bills that exceeded my monthly unemployment check. I couldn’t dream of how I was going to afford my MS treatment. What was I to do?! This is why the reducing the high cost of prescription drugs is so important to me.
-VA MS Activist
Schedule a meeting
You don’t have to go to Washington, D.C. or Richmond, VA. Every legislator has one or more offices in their local district. Make an appointment or just stop by. If you would like to meet your legislator(s) in person, we’d love to help prepare you. Contact Ashley Chapman, Senior Manager of Virginia Advocacy, at 804-591-3048 or ashley.chapman@nmss.org.
Attend a Town Hall Meeting
Members of Congress hold regular town hall meetings or listening sessions with constituents in their districts. Usually these are held during Congressional recess. Call your legislator’s district office and ask about upcoming town hall meetings. Before attending a meeting, write out the question(s) you want to ask. If you want to talk through an MS issue, we’d love to help prepare you. Contact Ashley Chapman, Senior Manager of Virginia Advocacy, at 804-591-3048 or ashley.chapman@nmss.org.
Find Out Who Your Legislators Are:

Who's My Legislator?

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Ashley Chapman, M.S.
Senior Manager, Advocacy
Tel: 804-591-3048 (Direct Line)
Fax: 804-353-5595
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/advocacyVA
Twitter: www.twitter.com/vaMScan
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