The MS Society of Calgary is focused on everything MS. Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is a demyelinating disease, or a disease of the nervous system where the nerves’ protective shield is damaged. Symptoms include weakness or numbness of the limbs typically on one side of the body, loss of vision usually in one eye, tremors, lack of coordination, fatigue, dizziness, slurred speech, bowel and bladder control problems, and more. MS happens to less than 200,000 Americans every year, and it is a condition that cannot be cured.
The MS Society of Calgary, founded in 1948, works with people who suffer from the condition as well as provide support for family member and loved ones of the sufferers. With over 17,000 members, it also has a goal of educating the public on MS and finding a cure.
Calgary’s MS Society has a variety of events for its members and those who support MS victims. They are held at the MS Society of Canada, Calgary and Area Chapter at 110 Quarry Park Blvd SE, 150, Calgary, Alberta, T2C 3G3. (1�’403�’250�’7090) Here are some of them:
1. Crafts and Conversation
This event gives participants the chance to make a craft project, socialize and receive support. The development of improved hand/eye coordination, as well as enhanced ability and improved emotional well-being are the added goals of the gathering. The event takes place on the first Thursday of each month. For 2018, it takes place on November 1 and December 6. Pre-registration is required.
2. Morning Coffee Break
This is an opportunity for folks to gather on a weekly basis for light snacks and to enjoy a movie or a game. By experiencing these activities together, stress can be reduced, and a sense of belonging and emotional connection can be established. For 2018, the events take place on November 8, November 29 and December 13. Pre-registration is required.
3. Afternoon Self Help Group
Talking about MS-related symptoms is necessary, but may be difficult for those who don’t understand MS. The Afternoon Self Help Group aims to address that need. It is a safe place for MS sufferers as well as friends and family to come together and discuss all things MS without judgment. The group helps people educate themselves, share similar experiences, reduce feelings of isolation, improve confidence, and more. The group meets on November 15, 2018.
I Challenge MS
This is an independent activity where you either work alone, with a partner or with a group to make a difference and raise money for Canadians who live with MS. There are many things you can do to reach your goal. For example, you could run a marathon and collect pledges; you could set up a bake sale and raise money, etc. Lots of resources and tips are available at the I Challenge MS website and is sponsored by the MS Society of Canada.
MS sufferers and friends and family do not have to face the condition of MS alone. The MS Society of Calgary is here to help.