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MS support groups provide people with MS and their families an opportunity to share their MS experiences with those who can understand and identify with them.  Support group meetings are designed to be educational, fun, and positive. The MSF has a network of more than 100 independent support groups nationwide, and each one is unique.

In addition to supporting their members, MSF support groups are frequently active in raising awareness of MS in their communities.  Many groups participate in National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month each March.

Anyone with MS can start a support group and become a leader. Through the MSF Independent Support Group Program, new support group leaders are trained and receive ongoing support for their meetings.  They also learn how to expand their memberships. Having a co-leader without the condition is permitted.

Each support group meeting is a little different – some are educational with speakers, others are more social, and some are a little of both. In addition, many support groups welcome participation from friends and family members.

If you would like to start a support group, or if you would like to add your support group to our directory, contact MSF Support Group Coordinator Alissa Ayden at or call 888-673-6287.  If you are looking for an existing support group to join, search our interactive support group directory below.  Please call the contact person for the support group you are interested in to confirm date, time, and location.

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West Alabama Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
Northport Medical Center (cafeteria)
2700 Hospital Drive
Contact: Susan 205-758-5003 /
Contact: Nancy 205-366-9055 /
Meets: Third Tuesday of the month 6:00 p.m. (no meeting in December)

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, & location. We are a group of MS patients and their caregivers that meet every month to discuss and share our life experiences. We always welcome new members to our group and fresh ideas on how to cope with MS. Come join us and know you're never alone with multiple sclerosis.

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