Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 6654 By Alissa Ayden The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Independent Support Group Network is growing! Please welcome the following newly-affiliated groups: Cresco MS Support Group | Cresco, Iowa Hudson Valley MS Support Group | West Nyack, N.Y. Never Surrender MS Support Group | Plainview, Texas Ottawa County MS Support Group | Zeeland, Mich. Please visit our website at www.msfocus.org/support-groups.aspx for the meeting dates, times, and locations of the above listed support groups or to find the support group nearest you. Historically, many MS support groups have taken a break during the summer, choosing not to meet for all or some of June, July, and August. While some groups still find this to be the best practice for them, many others are opting to continue to meet even during the hottest months of the year. However, the heat isn’t the only reason that summer is a time of year that calls for adaptability. The break from school often necessitates a schedule change for many of us. Times of change bring forth great opportunities to engage in new activities or form new practices. Why not take advantage of this and plan the fun and social summer of your dreams? One of the best ways to meet up with other people with MS during the summer is to organize get-togethers at local restaurants and cafes instead of more traditional group meetings. If you’re a group leader, consider doing so in addition to, or in place of, your regular monthly meetings. If you’re not currently a member of a support group, consider reaching out to local groups to see if they’d be interested in connecting over snacks or coffee at a local eatery. Or, if you’d like to organize your own social meetings for the first time, the summer provides a great opportunity to do just that. And, remember, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation doesn’t take the summer off, so we are here to help! As always, if you are interested in applying to start or affiliate a support group, please contact Alissa Ayden at 888-MSFOCUS (673-6287) or alissa@msfocus.org.