Marion County Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group, Ocala, Florida

Enjoying Life One Day at a Time!

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

Location:  Denny's Restaurant
                3801 W. Silver Springs Blvd. (I-75 - 40W - Exit -    Turn Left - Immed. on Rt.
                Ocala, FL 

Time:     ** 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  ** Note new permanent time!

3rd Wed. Of Month - November thru May

Our next meeting will be November 20, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

We will be having a speaker.  Laura Frey from Mobility Solutions will be showing and talking about  some of the medical equipment they have to offer; most of which is covered by medicare and/or other insurance.

Feel free to bring a friend. Let's have a great turn-out.  I can't wait to see everyone and see how their summer went.  I Look forward to seeing you.

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Next meeting will be:  Wednesday, December 18, 2013

from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  It will be our Christmas Party!

Hi....It's time for our next meeting.  I hope you can join us at our next meeting/Christmas Party on

Wed. December 18, 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Denny's Restaurant, 3801 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Int. of
I-75N and 40W, Ocala, FL. 

All Girls bring a $10 wrapped Gift for a Girl and All Guys bring a $10 wrapped Gift for a Guy for our gift exchange.  We will be playing Christmas Bingo and Christmas Trivia and I will be supplying the Cheesecake.  Everyone will be responsible for whatever else they might order.  We always have a great time.  Feel free to bring a friend, but please RSVP to Jean at mcmsgroup@aol.com.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

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 OLD MEETINGS

Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Our Speaker will be from AMI Mobility.  Please check out their web site at http://www.amimobility.com/ and email me at mcmsgroup@aol.com if you see a particular item you would like to see them try to bring or talk about at the meeting.  Most everything they have is Medicare Approved and there are additional items that are VA approved.  They said they have several new items available.   Also, don't forget to RSVP me at mcmsgroup@aol.com to left me know if you plan on coming to the meeting.  Thanks and I look forward to seeing everyone there.
 
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Wed. April 20, 2011
 
This will be our last meeting until after the summer break
 
Our Speaker will be:  Jill Girard from MSL Associates
They have Rehabilitation, Respiratory, Sleep and Durable Medical Equipment.
 

We will be having a speaker talking about medical equipment.  Please feel free to visit their web site and submit any ideas to mcmsgroup@aol.com for specific equipment you would like them to bring or talk about.

December 16 meeting/Christmas Party 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

We will be having Stu from Stu's Scooters from the Market of Marion Flea Market doing a demo on the 3 wheel scooter
scooter that goes 14 mph and he will also mention the used scooters/chairs he has at discount prices.

After the scooter demo, we will be celebrating our Christmas Party and I have ordered an Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Pie
and a Strawberry Cheesecake paid for by the Club for everyone to Enjoy!  All guys bring a $10 guy gift and All girls bring a
$10 girl gift tagged as guy or girl to exchange.  We will also be doing Christmas Trivia, etc. with token gifts.

January 20 meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

We will be having Randy Brown, Licensed Massage Therapist

November 18 meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

I have spoken with Toni Chiara and she and Erin Silverman will be doing a presentation about their research study on swallowing.  They will be at our meeting at Denny's on Wed. Nov. 18th at 1:00 p.m.  Just to give you an overview of what the research study will entail:  It will last for 7 weeks with the 1st and last week involving going to Gainesville for a Swallow Study.  They will be coming to your home in between once a week to remeasure your strength at blowing out.  In between you will spend 5-10 minutes per day at home using a mechanical swallowing trainer.  They will explain everything in the meeting.  Just because you attend the meeting does not mean you have to participate.  Some people will be chosen after the study for a follow-up study and will be outfitted with a Phone Buddy for once a month follow up.  It sounds quite interesting and very promising.  Should be a very interesting meeting.  Please RSVP by emailing me at mcmsgroup@aol.com to let me know that you will be attending this meeting as it is important to have a good turn-out for this.   This is a great opportunity as it is very convenient and could be very beneficial to people with swallowing difficulties.

At 2:00 p.m., we will have another speaker from Care doing a presentation about Medical Bracelets/Keychains that have information stored on a USB device that plugs directly into a computer and can be updated any time and store back into the medical bracelet/keychain.

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December 16 Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

I am in the process of trying to to get Stu from Market of Marion to do a demonstration on the 3 wheeled scooter that goes up to 14 mph.

October 21 Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*** Dr. Iqlia that does Acupuncture, Cupping, Homeopathy and Chinese Herbology contacted me and will be speaking at our meeting.  She is taking time out of her busy schedule to speak to us.  This should be an interesting meeting and different than anything we've had.  Please RSVP by emailing me at mcmsgroup@aol.com to let me know that you will be attending this meeting as it is important to have a good turn-out for this.  Don't Miss It!!
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September 16 Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
We will be having an awesome speaker!!!  Terrie Hardison will be doing a 2 hour interactive seminar on "A Healthier You" and how the mind affects the body...such as how negative attitudes and stress can adversely affect the way you feel and how laughter and positive thinking can help you feel better.  Don't miss out on this.  I saw her a couple months ago doing this same seminar and it was awesome!!!

 

 

May 20 Meeting at Denny's - Yoga & Laughter and Segway

April 15th Meeting 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Doug Nagle, Physicians Asst. from www.countrysidehousecalls.com was so nice to fill in at the last minute to speak at our April 15th Meeting.   (Our scheduled speaker had to reschedule to May 20th).  He told us some wonderful news....as of 2 weeks ago, they now take Medicare and will file the paperwork.  All you would need to do is pay the 20% co-pay up front (which could be reimbursed if you file the paperwork with your secondary if you have one).  He did a wonderful job and mentioned that he can even set up Infusions, Avonex shots, etc. to be done in-home).  Check out their web site and contact them the next time you dont feel like getting out of bed or waiting 10 hrs in an emergency room or waiting days to see the doctor or get a prescription, don't have the transportation or simply want some one on one attention for your medical needs.

One of our members, Sheila Porter made a beautiful quilt which she donated to raise money for NMSS towards the MS Walk.  Sheila and Jean have been selling raffle tickets and raised $252.  We did the drawing at the meeting and Sheila pulled the winner of the quilt and it was Shirley Medley's Name (one of Jean's friends/neighbor).  Congratulations Shirley and thank you to all of you that contributed!

In attendance were Jean McGrail, Debbie Dann, Daryl Dann, Ruth Walker, Wayne Twitchell, Chris Twitchell, Sheila Porter...(to be continued)

Wed. May 20th Meeting - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Wed. May 20th, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Denny's Restaurant, 3801 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala

Back...By Popular Demand...We will be having Diane Howe from Tampa doing a Yoga & Laughter Session.  Don't Miss this!  I promise you will have a great time and laugh alot!  (This was reschedled from April as she had to cancel at the last minute de to personal issues)

March 18 Meeting - Dr. Gaudier, Neurologist

March 18 Meeting - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Speakers:  Dr. Jose' Gaudier, Ocala Neurologist and his Asst. Lacy Jernigan, ARNP

In attendance were:  Myself-Jean McGrail-Facilitator, George Enoki, Maryellen Enoki, Helen Dayton, Deborah Kremer, Anthea Thompson, Germaine Charles, Herman Urscher, Gail White, Sheila Porter, Barbara Foster, Yvonne Jones, Diane Marks, Fred Thren, Peg Thren, Eugene Mascho, Lily Mascho, Peggy Jackson, Sudie Williams, Bogard Williams, Susan Farley, Kevin Farley, Chuck Sanderson, Dick Sanderson, Brian Hayes, Luis Henderson, Ruth Taylor, Christine Twitchell, Wayne Twitchell, Ken Cieslak, Linda Comfort, Debbie Dann, Daryl Dann, Lizzette Pacheo, Anthony Gonzalez, Sara Womble Keisha Ojeda, Lissette Berrios, Robin-Marie Burger, Mitzi Gienapp, Lynne Hunter, Mike Hunter, Kathy Rockwell, Ed Boyce, Victoria Kovacs, Eve Dalton, Stephanie Rodriguez

 

February 18 Meeting - Colleen Duris, Atty (Wills, etc.) & John from Visiting Angels (Sr. Home Care)

February 18 Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Speakers:  Colleen Duris, Ocala Attorney coming to talk about Living Wills, Wills, Durable Power of Attorney, Estate Planning, etc. \

We will also have John from Visiting Angels Senior Home Care in Ocala FL, America's Premier Non-Medical Senior Home Care Provider!

In attendance were:  Myself-Jean McGrail-Facilitator, Louise Jaynes, Janet Deason, Jeff Deason, Mara Villanueva, Raymond Villanueva, Odalis Villanueva, Doug MacAlpine, Irene MacAlpine, Nancy Wagner, Ramona Jarvis, Ruth Taylor, Laura Pittman, Brendan Pitman, Chuck Sanderson, Dick Sanderson, Daryl Dann, Debbie Dann, Valerie Fjalstad, Robert Hazelden, Ken Cieslak, Colleen Duris

 

Meeting - Wed. January 21 - Open Forum

Meeting Wed., January 21 - Open Forum

My Co-Facilitator ran the meeting as as an Open Forum as I was unable to attend due to my "hubby" Larry was Diagnosed on Wed. January 14 with Lung Cancer, Stage IV that had Metastasized to the Brain.  On the day of our meeting I had to take him for a radiation treatment on the brain.  When he is done with his 12 Brain radiation treatments he will start Chemo for his Lungs and may need to follow that with more radiation.

In attendance were:  Mara Villanueva, Odalis Villanueva, Daryl Dann, Debbie Dann, Art Bourgeois, Peg Bourgeois, Ruth Taylor, Chuck Sanderson, Dick Sanderson, Ken Cieslak, Fred Thren, Peg Thren, Nancy Wagner, Christine Twitchell, Wayne Twitchell, Lisette Berrios and Mitch T. (cannot read last name).
 

Denny's Meeting - Wed. Dec. 17th at 1:00 p.m.

We discussed the MS Walk to be held at The Villages on Sat. March 28, 2009.  I have already set up our MCMSGroup Team and anyone can join by going to our web site by clicking http://www.mcmsgroup.com/mswalkdonations2009.htm and then Click "Join Jean's Team" or if you want to make a donation you can do so by clicking "Donate to Jean".  You will be taken directly to the NMSS site and be able to join the MS Walk Team, Volunteer or Donate.  At our December 17th meeting at Denny's we had Pat Chuck and Jamie Elasick (MS Walk Manager) from the National MS Society.  The main phone number at the NMSS is (800) 344-4867.  We also had Charisse Rivers from N. FL Insurance discussing Health Insurance Options.  She is also a Financial Consultant and Life Insurance.  She can be contacted at her Office at (888) 574-6464, Cell at (352) 875-9997 or Fax at (480) 247-5622.  In attendance were myself, Art and Peg Bourgeois, Chuck and Dick Sanderson, Janet and Jeff Deason, Debbie and Daryl Dann, Ken Cieslak, Ruth and Mike Taylor, Mara and Odalis Villanueva, Chris and Wayne Twitchell, and Charisse Rivers and Robin-Marie (a new member).  Robin also discussed her involvement in the MS Kid's Camp.  We had 7 people sign up for the MS Walk including, Mara and Odalis, Ruth and Mike, Chris & Wayne Twitchell, Robin-Marie, and Charisse.  Jeff also talked about how we are going to be sending more items over to Iraq to help out the soldiers there and asked for anyone interested to bring things to the next meeting.

There is also an MS seminar/dinner at the Olive Garden sponsored by the Rebif Rep. that has limited seating and you will need to contact them directly.  Dr. Stanley Krolczyk, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Neurology USF will be the speaker.  His address is University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL  33612-4742.  His Phone is (813) 974-2201, Fax (813) 974-7590, USF Clinic (813) 974-2201, TGH Clinic (813) 844-7900.  His email address is skrolczy@health.usf.edu.

The Wednesday Fun Day bowling on Wed. mornings at 9:45 a.m. has become so popular that we are doing it every Wed.  All of our other activities including our Meeting, Lunch and Cards & Games Day are all changed to 1:00 p.m. so that anyone that wants to bowl can do both. 

We won't be having Cards & Games Day in December due to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Our next lunch will be Wed. Jan. 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the new Gator's Dockside Restaurant off Rte. 200 near I-75, turn into KFC take 1st Rt., Gator's will be immediately on the right across from Kohl's.

Wed. Nov. 19th Meeting

We had a fun and informative meeting with Sharon McClurg, Yoga Instructor from The Wellness Center in The Villages.  She demonstrated many chair exercises, etc.  I also asked her to ask each person what individual area they needed the most help in and she tailored an individualized exercise just for their needs.  In attendance were Chuck and Dick Sanderson, Art and Peggy Bourgeois, Lisette Berrios, Ken Cieslak, Debbie and Daryl Dann and Ruth Taylor.

We talked about the seminar/lunch on Sat. Nov. 22nd at the Hilton with Dr. Gaudier sponsored by the Rebif Rep., the Christmas Party which was originally going to be held at Debbie and Daryl Dann's, but was changed to Art & Peg Bourgeois' due to Deb's dad going thru medical issues and she didn't know if she would have to go to Michigan.

There is also an MS seminar/dinner at the Olive Garden sponsored by the Rebif Rep. that has limited seating and you will need to contact them directly.  Dr. Stanley Krolczyk, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Neurology USF will be the speaker.

The Wednesday Fun Day bowling on Wed. mornings at 9:45 a.m. has become so popular that we are doing it every Wed.  All of our other activities including our Meeting, Lunch and Cards & Games Day are all changed to 1:00 p.m. so that anyone that wants to bowl can do both. 

We won't be having Cards & Games Day in November or December due to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We discussed the MS Walk to be held at The Villages on Sat. March 28, 2009.  I have already set up our MCMSGroup Team and anyone can join by going to our web site by clicking http://www.mcmsgroup.com/mswalkdonations2009.htm and then Click "Join Jean's Team" or if you want to make a donation you can do so by clicking "Donate to Jean".  You will be taken directly to the NMSS site and be able to join the MS Walk Team, Volunteer or Donate.  At our December 17th meeting at Denny's we will be having Pat Chuck and Jamie Elasick (MS Walk Manager) from the National MS Society.  The main phone number at the NMSS is (800) 344-4867.  We will also be having Charisse Rivers from N. FL Insurance discussing Health Insurance Options.  She is also a Financial Consultant and Life Insurance.  She can be contacted at her Office at (888) 574-6464, Cell at (352) 875-9997 or Fax at (480) 247-5622.

Wed. October 15th Meeting

We had Ulysses Singleton, DPT, Rehabilitation Sales Specialist, Innovative Neurotronics, Inc. - 
Demonstrating:  Walkaide for Foot Drop.  This was a requested speaker by Ken Cieslak.  Unfortunately, Ken got his weeks mixed up and missed the meeting.  In attendance were Chuck and Dick Sanderson, Ruthie Taylor, Art and Peggy Bourgeois, Lisette Berrios and we were happy to have Debbie and Daryl Dann back from summer vacation and recent cruise with some of the people from The Villages MS Group.  We talked about the upcoming NMSS Sea World Lottery for tickets which I had mentioned on our web site and in an email that had to be completed by 10/15.  The Sea World event will take place on Sat. 11/15.  There will be a seminar and breakfast in the morning followed by some booths and the afternoon at Sea World.  Debbie Dann and I will also be attending the NMSS training on Friday 10/14.  I also mentioned that Denise Bickerstaff, one of our members had given me some items for our next yard sale.  I brought up the upcoming NMSS Walk to take place on Sat. March 28, 2009.  I am on the MS Walk Committee again this year.  I also mentioned that Pat Chuck and Jamie Elasick from NMSS would be joining us in December.  I mentioned the wonderful turn-out at our last lunch at Mimis.  We had 23 people and it was nice to see Robert and Barbara Goodwin again and Wayne and Chris Twitchell brought their two kids and was nice to see Raymond and Mara and their daughter Odalis along with many of our regulars.  I mentioned that Art had been having more problems with his COPD and Peggy was doing better since her nerve blocks.   I also mentioned that Mina Frank was still in rehab at Palm Gardens, but should be going home to their RV campground in Ocala nearby soon.  She is still having alot of trouble since the operation on her syrinx and is still unable to walk.  We talked about what a shame it was since she had been doing so well on the Tysabri before this happened and we all wished her well.  I also mentioned that Fred Thren was home from the hospital after a 2nd stay for gout and a fall and that he was on oxygen for 16 hours a day now, but it seemed to be helping and he was doing much better.  Fred and Peggy Thren were also supposed to have gone on the cruise with The Villages MS Group, but they had to cancel due to Fred's health.  Hopefully they will be able to go on the next one in early 2010.    I brought up the upcoming Halloween Party/Cards & Games Day to be on Wed. Oct. 29 at 11:00 a.m. at my mom's house at 7844 SE 135th St., Summerfield, FL (From 441S go past Market of Marion Flea Market, Take next Rt. onto SE 135th St., Then 1st House on Left.)  It was mentioned to wear costumes and their would be lots of games and prizes.  This is one of our most fun events all year.  I mentioned I was still working on the MTRA Therapeutic Horseback Riding and that the Copaxone Rep., Nick that was working on sponsoring us had left the company and had said he had turned it over to a new Rep.  I had been in contact with him, but he didn't seem to know anything about it and was checking with his boss.  Update:  They have a new process where you have to fill out an application online for a grant and need to have a tax id number and W-9 and be registered as a 501C organization.  We do not fit these parameters.  I took it up with the head of the grant section, Crystal McFedders and she said there was nothing they could do.  I spoke to Helen at The MS Foundation yesterday and told her our predicament as we had already been told that Copaxone/Teva was going to sponsor us and volunteers had already been set up, etc.  She told me to send her a note and she would send it to their special grant section and see what she could do.  She called me back today (10/22) and said that we had been approved on the local level and they were sending it to the National Level for consideration.  She said it could take up to 45 days to approve, but hopefully it will be worth waiting for.  Helen and I also discussed having a bowling get-together with all the local MS Support Groups including Daytona, The Villages, Port Richey, Inverness, Tavares and anyone else that wanted to come to Ocala for a Bowlathon.  We figured it would be a great way for the groups to mingle and introduce bowling to some of the groups that had not tried it.  I also mentioned that we would be changing our bowling on the 1st of the month to 9:45 a.m. in order to bowl with the Fun Bowling Group.  The cost would be $8.00 for 3 strings and you can win money back with colored pin strikes, picking up splits, getting strikes/spares in a row, etc., along with ways to win free games of bowling.  They are also willing to split the 3 strings for some that are more handicapped and not able to do all 3 strings.  We also changed our 2nd Wed. lunch time to 1:00 p.m.  We also decided to change our meeting time starting in December to 1:00 p.m. so that some members could participate in the bowling more often and everyone seemed to like the new lunch and meeting time.  **Please note although it was dicussed we would also change the November time, it will remain the same at 11:00 a.m. due to the fact that the Yoga Instructor that will also be demonstrating chair exercises would not be able to attend our meeting in the afternoon.  Next month we will also discuss the Christmas Party.  **Save the Date:  Also, we will be having a Seminar/Lunch with Dr. Gaudier and possibly his Asst., Lacey sponsored by the Rebif Rep. who will also be there at 12:00 p.m. on Sat. 11/22 at the Ocala Hilton.  A plated lunch will be served.  Dr. Gaudier will be talking about Managing MS Symptoms such as Cognitive, Bladder Issues, Sexual Issues, Numbness, etc. and dealing with symptoms from the CRAB therapies and a Q & A session.  I will be giving out more details as to meal choice, etc. as soon as I have them and it will be necessary to RSVP and seating will be limited.  We will not be having a Cards & Games Day in November due to Thanksgiving or December due to Christmas.

September Meeting - Wed. Sept. 17 at 11:00 a.m. - Denny's Restaurant - I-75/40W

Wednesday, Sept. 17  - Denny's Rest. - 3801 West Silver Springs Blvd. (Rte. 40W/Int., I-75), Ocala, FL  34482
We had Christina talking about her experiences with Hyperbaric Chambers and their benefits and she will also talked about Home Health Aide Services.  She also demonstrated a device that is covered by medicare and most insurance companies that will tell you when to take your medicine, allow your doctor to monitor your blood pressure and sugar level, etc.  She also mentioned about Glyco Nutrients and their possible benefits to people with M.S.  Lisette Berrios spoke about her own personal experiences with taking Lecithin and the benefits for exacerbations in place of steroids and also to help to repair myelin, etc.  Overall it was a very interesting meeting with alot of new information on some Alternative types of medicine.  In attendance were Janet and Jeff Deason and Louise, Ruthie Taylor, Ken Cieslak, Lisette Berrios, Chuck Sanderson and Dick Sanderson, Art and Peggy Bourgeois and myself, Jean.  I also mentioned about the importance of turning in the rest of the applications for MTRA Therapeutic Horseback Riding.  They can also mail them to me at Jean McGrail, 6921 SW 84th St., Ocala, FL  34476.  They all need to be completed and the release signed by their Neuro. 

May Meeting

We had an awesome meeting this month.  We had Douglas Nagle, PA-C under Melvin Seek, M.D. Medical Director from Countryside Housecalls, Inc. talking about the great medical services his company offers.  They do in-house medical appointments.  The Physician Assistant will spend as much time as you need listening, observing, and understanding your needs to assure accurate diagnosis and treatment.  They treat most non-emergency medical conditions; for a complete list, please see their list of Conditions Treated on their Services page or call them at 352-854-4985.  Appts. are usually within a few hours or by the next day.  What a great opportunity for everyone that may not be able to get to an appt. or is just not feel up to going out for an appt. or simply for a quicker appt. and more personalized care than you can get by going to your doctor.  It does not replace your need for your regular Neuro, but it is sure great in the meantime.  For only $49 for the first half hour, they will come to your home for a medical appt.  Fees are based on time (face to face).  You will be told and charged prior to treatment for the cost of supplies to be used and services needed, for example: blood drawing, stitches, lab work and x-ray interpretation.  You will need to pay all costs up front, but most insurance companies and even medicare will reimburse you afterwards and they will provide you with the paperwork you need to file with them.  Please visit their web site at www.countrysidehousecalls.com for more info.  We also had our Copaxone Rep., Nick LaCasse.  It was so nice to have him back in our area.  Thru his help, we are also hoping to have Copaxone sponsor us for our MTRA Therapeutic Horseback Riding which will take place on Fridays.  There will be 2 groups of 5 one at 11:00 a.m. and one at 1:00 p.m. starting some time around the beginning of October for 10 weeks.  That way the weather will be cooler.  This is on a first come first served basis, so hurry and reserve your spot.  RSVP by going to our web site at www.mcmsgroup.com/activitieswithsignup.htm .  Nick also arranged for Dr. Kantor to have a Q&A Dinner with us and is sponsoring us at Logan's Roadhouse in May.  Our Serono Rep. (Rebif) is also providing us with dinner at Mimi's Cafe' in May.  Jean's mom's birthday party/cookout is also this month along with our end of year Pool Party at Art and Peg's house in Summerfield.  We will also have our MCMSGroup Yard Sale this month to be held at Jean's mom and dad's in Summerfield.  Thank you to all those that have offered to help and be there to represent us.  It's a busy month as we are trying to squeeze everything in before our Summer break.  We will not be having our regular activities between June and August.  All of our regular activities will resume in September.

April Meeting

We had two speakers this month.  The first speaker was from Central Mobility in Tavares.  (They deliver to Ocala)  She talked about adaptive equipment and customizing equipment options, etc.  We also had Jason Ambrose from Avonex/Tysabri.  He talked about the advantages of using Avonex since it is a once/week shot.  We also discussed Tysabri in great detail.  It is infused (intravenously) once/month in a hospital type setting.  One of our members, Mina told everyone how happy she has been with Tysabri and feels like she has gotten her life back.  She also offered to be an advocate for Tysabri.  Jason explained it is normally recommended for those that have failed another form of MS treatment.  We also discussed about some concerns that there had been about Tysabri and how closely it is monitored now to prevent any issues,etc. 

I announced that Nick LaCasse from Copaxone is working on sponsoring us for our Therapeutic Horseback Riding program thru MTRA.  We will be having a group "field trip" on Thursday, April 17th at 10:30 a.m. at the Hillcrest Facility of MTRA so everyone can see the place and decide who wants to participate in September after the hot summer months are over with.  Nick from Copaxone will also be sponsoring and attending our next month's meeting in May.  Nick is also working on setting up Dr. Cantor, a Neurologist, to come bowl with us and then have a Q & A lunch session afterwards.  We are working on a Saturday at the beginning of May.  We will also be having a Physician's Assistant, Douglas Nagle,  from County Side House Calls talking about In-home medical care and treatment.  Imagine a doctor that makes house calls for only $49.00 for the first 30 minutes in your home and most insurance companies will cover it, but you will have to file your own paperwork.  For more info. go to www.countrysidehousecalls.com .  Don't miss this meeting.  It is our last one before our summer break and should be a great one!

We talked abou the MS Walk for NMSS that was held at the Villages.  Jean raised over $1,500.  Peg also participated along with Sheryl.  I also thanked Denise and the Sanderson's for their generous contributions.  Red and Cathy and Art also were at the walk along with Lynn Zeuch.  Mara and her daughter Odalis came to cheer everyone on along with Jean's mom and dad.

We had our 50/50 and raised $20 which we donated to the soldiers in Iraq.  Jeff Deason packages items up and send them to Iraq.  He has also shown us Thank You's from the Troops.  It was also Jeff's idea when drawing the name that the winner would receive a choice of gifts that were going to be donated to the MCMSGroup Yard Sale.  The first name drawn was Jeff, and since he had brought the items he asked us to draw another name.  The name drawn was Carrie.  She was very excited to choose a bath/beauty set.  We talked about the upcoming MCMSGroup Yard Sale to be held on Friday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 24th at Jean's mom's house at 7844 SE 135th St., Summerfield, FL.  Money raised will help our group to pay for the web site, materials needed, copies, etc.  Flyers were handed out about the yard sale for the members to hand out to raise awareness. 

We also talked about the upcoming Cards & Games Day/Pool Party/Cookout on Wednesday, May 21st at Art and Peg's house in Summerfield, FL.  People are requested to RSVP and ask what they can bring.

Jean's mom's 80th Birthday is coming up and Jean is having a Surprise 80th Birthday Party/Cookout for her at her mom's home at 7844 SE 135th St., Summerfield, FL on Saturday, May 17th at 12:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.

The next Saturday lunch is Saturday, April 26th at 11:00 a.m. at Cracker Barrel on Rte. 484 at the intersection of I-75 in Belleview, FL.

 

March Meeting

On Wednesday, March 19 we had another good meeting at Denny's.  We had a speaker there from MTRA (www.mtraocala.org) Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, A Premiere Accredited Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program.  In attendance were Judy Heath, Co-Facilitator from The Villages M.S. Group (she wanted to come check out the speaker for her group).  Also there were Chuck Sanderson, Dick Sanderson, Ruthie Taylor, Janet and Jeff Deason, Mara and Odalis Vilanueva, Donald and Mina Frank, Colette Dix, Sheryl Miglio and Grant Wellman, Art and Peg Bourgeois and myself, Jean McGrail.  We had a great response and decided we would do a group field trip to check out MTRA and organize a group of us to go check it out.  We are hoping to get a sponsor to help with the cost.  Any ideas?  We also talked about the upcoming NMSS MSWalk and talked about M.S. Awareness and passed out pamphlets from MSAA and being M.S. Advocates and discussed how important it was that everyone do their part.  Our next bowling will be on Wed. April 2 at AMF Galaxy East in Ocala on 464 and Billiards on Fri. April 4 at Sheryl and Grant's, Our next lunch will be Wed. April 9 at Alfie's in Ocklawaha, Our next meeting will be Wed. April 16 at Denny's Restaurant, 3801 W. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala and we will be having someone from Tavares talking about and showing us different mobility equipment along with a Rep. from Avonex/Tysabri.  Our next Cards & Games day will be Wed. April 23 at Jean's mom and dad's in Summerfield and our Saturday Lunch will be Saturday, April 26 at Cracker Barrel on 484 in Belleview.  We decided our 50/50 money would go to the NMSS MSWalk and we raised $20.00 which was donated to the MSWalk.  We drew a name and gave out a donated Tysabri water bottle.

February Meeting

           

   

   

We had another great meeting.  We had 2 new members and a member that we hadn't seen for about a year.  We want to welcome Kenneth Cieslak and Emilie Hogg to our Group and hope they will be joining us at our other activities as well.  We also want to welcome back Carrie Montgomery.  She had some very successful surgery and looked great.  Art & Peggy Bourgeois were there along with Fred Thren, Ruth Taylor, Chuck Sanderson and his mom and dad, Mina and Donald Frank, Janet and Jeff Deason, Lynn and Ed Kreczmer, Mara and her dauther, Odalis Villanueva (who is signing up to join our group on the MS Walk), and Sue and Chuck Young (they may be moving back to an Assisted Living place in Michigan and to be closer to family), and of course, myself, Jean McGrail.  Lynn Zeuch is in Germany for 2 months.  Deb and Daryl Dann were supposed to have been on a cruise, but had to cancel it and go to Michigan to be with Deb's mom that is having heart surgery.  They plan on staying thru the whole recuperating period, which will be about 6-8 weeks.  We had our 50/50 drawing and raised $32.  The 1st half was of $16 dollars was decided to be donated to the Soldiers in Iraq again and Ruth was the winner of the other half of $16 and decided to donate that to the Soldiers as well.  Jeff Deason is in charge of this outreach effort and had a Thank You from them for the last items that were sent from our group.  We are happy that Jeff is doing better after his time in the hospital.  It looks like he is going to be able to avoid surgery of his gallbladder/pancreas at least for now with watching his diet.  I also mentioned about Elaine Renshaw's condition as I had visited with her yesterday.  Her leg is still extremely swollen from the blood clot that goes from her ankle to the top of her thigh and she still has pain from it especially after her twice a week physical therapy.  Her spirits are good as always.  We're all pulling for you Elaine.  We also had a good speaker.  His name was Jim Samuelson and he was representing www.HomeInstead.com.  He spoke about all the different services they offer to help people that require extra assistance such as meals being made, trips to the doctor, etc.in order for them to maintain their independent lifestyle.   I talked about my meeting with a Representative from Congressman Stearn's Office last week.  I had received an email due to being an MS Activist thru NMSS mentioning that they would be in our area if I would like to come talk to them about any MS related issues, etc.  Deb and Daryl Dann also went with me.  We discussed "Code Orange" for Vets and how they only have 7 years to be diagnosed with MS and get Disability thru the VA due to MS, which makes it difficult since the initial symptoms can sometimes be ignored such asd headaches, etc.  Daryl wasn't diagnosed for about 10 years.  The Rep. couldn't believe it and is going to try to help guide them thru the appeal process.  We also mentioned to them about the waiting period for Social Security and how long it takes to get Medicare and also about trying to get the MS Guidelines for Social Security changed to include Cognitive problems and other issues.  I also talked about the meeting I went to at the Villages yesterday and about where the Research money from NMSS goes and Jenna's talk on Legislative issues.  We discussed the upcoming MSWalk in the Villages at Polo Field on March 29.  I mentioned that I had already raised $540 and was going to walk with my wheeled walker with a seat and then switch to my scooter.  Sheryl Miglio is also walking and has raised $75 in the last couple days and as I mentioned Mara's daughter Odalis is going to be joining our team.  I handed everyone an MSWalk Poster and a card with the donation address and also mentioned again for them to forward the letter I had sent them requesting donations to their friends and family.  I also handed out pledge sheets for anyone that wanted to try and get other pledges for the MSWalk.  I was happy to see that Denny's (our new meeting place) had posted the MSWalk Poster that I had left for them.  Starting around March 1st after they are done collecting for MD, they are supposed to start collecting for our MSWalk with the $1.00 MS feet.  Janet Deason bought 2 MS air fresheners.  I still have a few more if anyone is interested.  They are $3.00 each and $1.00 goes to NMSS, $1.00 went to the person that made them and $1.00 goes to our club.  We also tried to watch the mini movies of the winners of the NMSS contest, but couldn't seem to get my laptop loud enough.  I mentioned that they could access them thru our web site.  At the end of the meeting Ed Kreczmer noticed that there was a TV/DVD player there that we could have used that may have worked better.  We will try again next month.  We did a little of the Yoga and Laughter.  Carrie mentioned about some issues she had in the past with Avonex flu symptoms and we talked about taking Alleve before and after the shot to avoid them.  I also mentioned about the lates issues with Tysabri and Melanoma.  Mina Frank mentioned that she was very pleased with her progress with Tysabri.  I mentioned that Cards & Games Day was back at my mom and dad's house due to Debbie being in Michigan and that we would be celebrating their Anniversary and would have cake and ice cream along with finger sandwiches.  We will have the Wii game system there and will be starting a Wii League.  I also mentioned about the upcoming Seminar at the Ocala Hilton on March 15th with a Neuro from Jacksonville that has a Vision of opening a "One-Stop MS Clinic" and also discussing oral pills in the works for MS, etc.  I also mentioned the other Seminar on Cognitive Issues in Gainesville.  I also handed out pamphlets from MSAA and MSF. 

January Meeting

  

We had a great January Meeting.  In attendance were Mara Villanueva (New Member) that I'm sure will fit right in and will be a great asset to our group.  Her husband Raymond was also with her.  Sue and Chuck Young, Tom Frederick, Kim Cavanaugh and Janet and Jeff Deason were also there.  Janet and Kim talked about an MS Web site that they had come across and wanted to share with our group.  A couple of us have already joined.  It is a great site to share life with MS.  It is also a good way to track your symptoms and can also be a helpful way to communicate with others including your doctor about changes in your condition.  Jeff showed everyone the Thank You card send by the Troops in Iraq for the donations that we had sent along with an example of one of the packages he sent them from our group.  We had our 50/50 drawing and I had announced that this time instead of the money going back to our group it would be donated to the Troops in Iraq thru Jeff.  There was a total of $24 collected and $12 was to go to the Troops and the winner of the other $12 was Jeff so Jeff had a total of $24 to go to the Troops.  Lisette Berrios and Colette Dix were also there along with Ruth Taylor and Lynn Foy-Zeuch.  Fred Thren was there and talked about how he turned his $1 scratch off lottery ticket from the Christmas party into a $10,000 winner!  Way to go Fred!  Sometimes it pays to be a gambler!  Art Bourgeois was there, but his wife, Peggy was unable to be there due to some problems with the meds she was taking for her Parkinsons.  Hope you feel better soon Peggy.  Debbie and Daryl Dann were unable to be there due to participating in a Progressive MS seminar that required them to be home on their computer.  Participating in surveys like these is another way to help with creating a better understanding of the disease.  I was there along with Diane Howe who was our guest speaker doing a session on Yoga and Laughter.  We all laughed, clapped hands and did breathing exercises.  A great time was had bay all and I'm sure everyone went home feeling more relaxed and laughing inside!  I'm sure many will continue to do the exercises at home.  We were also supposed to have Jamie from NMSS talking about the upcoming MS Walk in March, but she was unable to be there due to an NMSS Staff Meeting.  She did send some brochures and handouts which we handed out at the meeting.  We also talked about upcoming webcasts, teleconferences and Seminars.  There is going to be a Seminar on Cognition in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, March 8 and a Seminar at the Ocala Hilton on Saturday, March 15 with a Neurologist that has recently re-located from Missouri to Jacksonville, FL.  He has a vision of opening an all-in-one One-Stop MS Clinic in Jacksonville.  I also went over the upcoming MCMSGroup Activities including lunch Saturday, January 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Randy's Rib Shack in Dunnellon, Cards & Games next Wednesday, January 23 at 11:00 a.m. at my mom's house in Summerfield, FL near the Market of Marion Flea Market with Beef Stew for Lunch and Dinner at Kotobuki Japanese Steak House on Wednesday, January 30 at 4:30 p.m.   We will be having bowling on February 6 and Billiards on February 8.  There is also a Couples Retreat in St. Petersburg coming up on February 17-19 by NMSS with a grant from Teva.  I have decided to start off every meeting with a 15 minute Yoga/Laughter session starting with shaking hands with each other and laughing!  Laughter is the best medicine!

December Meeting

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We had another informative meeting on Wed. Dec. 19 at Perkins Restaurant.  We had a speaker from Dr. Croley's Opthomologist office talking about MS and associated issues with the eyes.  She had lots of brochures and information and did an a fantastic job with questions and answers.  In attendance were:  Jean McGrail, Art and Peggy Bourgeois, Debbie and Daryl Dann, Ruthie Taylor, Mina and Donald Frank, Lynn and Ed Kreczmer, Colette Dix, Chuck and Dick Sanderson, Lisette Berrios and Sheryl Miglio.  We also talked about upcoming activities and events and the importance of RSVP'ing to all activities.  We mentioned that the speakers in January were going to be Jamie from NMSS talking about the MS Walk and Diane Howe doing a session on MS Yoga and Laughter.   Colette won the 50/50.  Daryl and Debbie handed Chuck a belated birthday card from our group.  Good to have you back Chuck!




 

November Meeting

We had another good meeting this month.  We had a speaker, Geri Trent, talking about Health Insurance Options and Medicare Supplements.  In attendance were myself, Jean McGrail, Art Bourgeois, Peggy Bourgeois, Cathy and Bill Reithel, Debbie and Daryl Dann, Lynn Zeuch, Kim Cavanagh, Janet and Jeff Deason, Fred Thren, Sheryl and Grant Miglio, Sue and Chuck Young, Colette Dix, and Lisette Berrios.  I thanked Lynn for being our Hospitality person over the last few months, which has included sending out thank you's for our speakers and get well cards to our members, etc.  I announced that our Co-Facilitator, Debbie Dann will be taking it over along with her hubby, Daryl, and will also be making up welcome packets for our new members as they join.  I mentioned to them about NMSS Sea World and mentioned how one of our membes, Eileen Shorten had shared her extra tickets with other members in our group and Lynn Zeuch also shared her extra tickets with one of our members.  Several of our members brought in items for Jeff Deason to mail to his son in Iraq.  Sheryl Miglio mentioned a reach-out idea to others.  I told her I had been thinking about Christmas Caroling to a Nursing home.  I asked her if she would like to be in charge of the reach-out idea and get back to me with some different options that we could discuss with our group and she accepted.  Our next bowling will be Wednesday, Dec. 5th at 11:00 a.m. at AMF Galaxy East on Rte 464 in Ocala.  Our next lunch will be Wed. Dec. 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Randy's Rib Shack on 1/4 mi. west of Rte 200 on Rte 484 in Dunnellon.  We also talked about our MCMS Group Christmas Party to be held on Sunday, December 16 at Debbie and Daryl's house near the intersection of 484 and I-75 in Summer Glen in Ocala from 12:00 p.m. til whenever.  Guys bring a $10 guy gift and Women bring a $10 woman's gift for exchange.  We will also be singing Christmas Carols and will play Christmas Bingo, etc.  The Club will be providing the Turkeys and Ham and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and other things as needed.  There is a list of things that people are bringing under Activities Signup on our web site.  Thanks to all of you that have already RSVP'd and for the others, please let us know ASAP so we can plan accordingly.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant at 3435 SW College Rd. (Rte 200) in Ocala and we will have a speaker from Dr. Croley's office that will be talking about optical neuritis and other issues with the eyes associated with M.S.  I mentioned about using our web site to check for Seminars and upcoming events and activities and to look for resources and to let me know of anything that they hear of that they think might be of interest to others.  I also mentioned we would like to see more inspirational stories like Lynn's story of climbing the Alps and that by providing us with them it truly is an inspiration to others.  I also asked them to leave comments on the blog as it is an easy way to send get well wishes, congratulations or make other comments to others in our group.  Debbie Dann mentioned about the different comments left in our guestbook and how interesting it was to hear from other groups, etc. that had visited our web site.  I also told them about the virtual Christmas gift section on our home page where they can send a virtual gift to our members saying what they would like to send to our group if they could and to read what others have sent.  I told the group that we would not be having our Cards & Games Day, Billiards Day or Saturday lunch until after the holidays.  I also want to thank Colette Dix for mentioning her appreciation of our web site.  I also handed out brochures and booklets from MSAA about the different things they have to offer and we discussed some of the services and items they provide and I want to thank MSAA for providing us with all of the information and other goodies.

October Meeting

We had another good meeting this month.  We had a speaker from the Center for Independent Living.  She showed us the special phones they have available at no cost for hearing impaired and talked about Vocational Rehab, etc.

We had a good turn-out from our members.  I was there along with Art and Peggy Bourgeois and Debbie and Daryl Dann were back from their summer trip.  We had a new member, Denise Bickerstaff join us.  She took the Marion Transit system to get there.  We're so happy she could join us and look forward to seeing her again soon.  Sheryl and Grant Miglio were there along with Marylyn and Stan Peel.  It was also great to see Colette and Tom Dix again and we hope to be seeing alot more of them.  Ruthie Taylor and Lynn Zeuch were also there.  Janet and Jeff Deason were back again and brought along a friend, Kim Cavanagh who we hope to see more of as well.  Lisette Berrios was also able to join us again and was so thankful to Janet and Jeff Deason for bringing her some Betaseron.  Lisette gave them a beautiful floral arrangement as her way of saying thanks and was nice enough to get me one as well.  I also mentioned about one of our members, Chuck Sanderson having to have additional surgery for a blood clot in the brain following his surgery for tremors.  I am happy to say he is now home and is doing well.   He is able to use his right hand to feed himself now without tremors.  We look forward to seeing him soon at our upcoming activities.

Don't miss out on the National MS Society's Hope for the Holidays Dinner Event on Friday, November 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club off Rte. 27 in Ocala, FL.  Please dress semi-formal and come prepared to have a great time.  Visit our web site at http://www.mcmsgroup.com/seminarsevents.htm for more info and for the link to register.

We discussed upcoming activities such as the Halloween/Cards & Games Party (don't forget to wear a costume if you come) at my mom's house at 7844 SE 135th St., Summerfield, FL on Wednesday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m.  Spaghetti will be provided along with a day filled with fun and games.    We also mentioned about Billiards Day and the upcoming lunch at Hooters.  I also announced that the Villages MS Group has set up a cruise for September 2008 and has invited any of us from our group to go as well.  It is listed under our Activities Page.  Hurry and sign up so you don't miss out, especially if you need a handicapped room.  A $250 deposit per person is required and then you can make monthly payments thru July1st.  (All money is totally refundable for any reason if you change your mind within 75 days before departure.)  Janet and Jeff Deason also asked for our group's help in making Christmas a little brighter for his son and others stationed in Iraq.  Those who would like to contribute can bring things to the next meeting and Jeff will package them up and send them to Iraq.  Always feel free to bring a friend!  Visit our web site at http://www.mcmsgroup.com/activitieswithsignup.htm to RSVP and sign up for any activities.

Next month our meeting will be on the 4th Wednesday of the month instead of the 3rd Wednesday due to the 3rd Wednesday being the day before Thanksgiving.  Our meeting will be on Wednesday, November 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant on Rte. 200 in Ocala, FL.  At our November meeting, we will be having a speaker representing Partner Care Insurance to tell us about Health Insurance options and Medicare Supplements.  At our December meeting we will be having Dr. Croley's Assistant talking about Optical Neuritis and other eye problems associated with M.S.  Come join us and bring a friend!

September Meeting

It was so nice to start our regular meetings at Perkins back up after our summer break.  Of course, we still had some of our activities during the break such as luncheons and cards and games day.  Some of our regulars were still up North, most will be back for our October meeting.  Tom has become such a worldly traveler, it's hard to see when we might see him pop back, although he did indicate sometime late in October...hopefully in time for our Halloween Party!  Deb and Daryl were still up North, but are back now and have already attended two of our luncheons and bowling and are looking forward to continuing with the fun.  We had 3 new members.  I want to welcome Janet and Jeff Dixon.  They seem like an upbeat, fun couple and seem to have already fit right in.  We also want to welcome Arthur Schneider, a caretaker for his wife, that wanted to come and see what kind of information he could find out about a sling lift, etc.  I had talked to him on the phone and brought him some information.  We also had a speaker from Advanced Modifications that told us about how they custom make all kinds of things specifically to an individual's needs.  He showed us some of the items such as a left handed gas pedal extension and hand controls, and explained many of the other things available.  He is listed on our resource page.  Also in attendance were Art and Peg Bourgeois, Lynn Zeuch, Ed and Lynn Kreczmer, Sue and Chuck Young, Stan and Marylin Peel, myself and others.  I brought in a box full of goodies and brochures from MSAA.  I also brought in some Mango/Papaya Car Air Fresheners, which part of the proceeds have gone to NMSS and part will go to our group.  I still have some left if anyone is interested.  They really smell great and are a great way to show your support for the cause.  Our October meeting will again be at Perkins Restaurant on Rte 200 in Ocala on Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. and we will have a speaker from The Center for Independent Living talking about the services they offer.  It should be a great meeting!  Don't miss it!  We will be having our Billiards Day at Sheryl and Grant Miglio's house on Friday, October 26 and an extra lunch at Hooters on Saturday, October 27.  We will also be dicussing our Halloween Party/Cards and Games Day on October 31 at my mom's house at 7844 SE 135th St., Summerfield, FL.  She will be making spaghetti and we will have lots of fun and games and some prizes too.  Don't forget to dress in costume and prepare to hav alot of fun.  We will also have the Wii game system there.  Our next bowling will be Wednesday, November 7 at 11:00.  We had fun at the last one.  The more the merrier so join us next time to bowl or just to cheer us on.  Please RSVP on our web site for the above activities under "Activities Sign-up" or Email me at mcmsgroup@aol.com or call me at 352-207-4251.  Unfortunately our Hard Rock Casino Trip with the Villages MS Group has been cancelled due to not enough response to fill up the bus.  That's why it's so important to RSVP.  One of our members, Chuck Sanderson had surgery to plant electrodes in his brain to help his tremors and I am happy to say it has shown success, especially in his right side.  He can now hold his beer!!!  Chuck even made it out to cheer us on at bowling.  It's great to have you back Chuck.  Hope to see more of you soon!  Lisette Torres had an exacerbation which mostly affected her vision, but after IV steroids she is doing much better and almost back to herself!  Well, that about wraps it up for now.  See you all soon!

April Meeting

We had a fantastic meeting this month!  Melissa Mulcahy and Gabriel from NMSS were there.  Melissa talked about the exciting upcoming things with NMSS.  Lots of things are in the works and all for the better!  She will keep us updated and I will keep everyone in our group updated as soon as I hear any new news!  We also had a surprise visit from a new Neurologist in town.  His name is Dr. Berkowski.  Some of you might remember him from an M.S. seminar in Gainesville last year.  Art and I saw him and he was great.  He will still be in Gainesville 3 days a week, but now will also be in Ocala 2 days a week.  He had heard about the other Neuro. group in Ocala breaking up and felt there was a need so thought he would help out Ocala,  He will be coming back for our May meeting and will be talking about MRI's and how to interpret them and what they mean and how that all affects our M.S.  He will also be talking about Cognitive Issues with M.S. and will have a Question/Answer session open to everyone in our group.  Write your questions down as you think of them and have them ready.  It's not often you get the opportunity to have a Neurologist willing to spend the time and open it up for questions/answers.  It should be an awesome meeting.  Let's try to have a great turn-out!  Unfortunately I will not be able to attend as I will be in Massachusetts and New Hampshire visiting my 101 year old grandmother again.  I'm trying to spend as much time with her as I can as she has been a wonderful influence in my life and someone I greatly admire!  Art will be heading up our meeting.  Remember, this will be our last meeting for the summer.  We will resume again in September.  All other activities will continue throughout the summer.  Art will fill in whenever I'm not there and I will keep things going when he's away.  Art will remain a very integral part of the club.  Attending our April Meeting were Art and Peg Bourgeois, Jean McGrail, Lynn Zeuch, Ruthie Taylor was on vacation, Tom Frederick is gone thru the summer.  Chuck Sanderson and his dad were at the meeting, along with Mr. and Mrs. Steinmetz, and we were happy to have Stan and Marylyn Peel back with us.  Wednesday, April 25 is Cards and Games Day at Jean's Mom's house in Summerfield.  We will be having Beef Stew and Jean will bring her Wii Game System so we can bowl and play tennis.  We will also have a croquet set available if anyone would like to play along with scrabble, monopoly, yahtzee, card games and many others.  Come join in the fun!  May 2 will be our bowling day and May 8 is bowling at the Villages.  May 9 is our lunch and it will be at Randy's Rib Shack in Dunnellon on 484.  Art will be hosting it as I will be in Massachusetts.  Art also announced at the meeting our semi-annual Picnic/Pool Party.  We'll also be playing volleyball in the pool and maybe some pool bingo too.  It will be at his house on Saturday, May 26.  (I'll be back from Mass. for that!  Please go to our sign-up activity page and let us know what you can bring.  Hamburgers and Hotdogs will be provided by the club.  Don't forget to bring your bathing suit! 

March Meeting

We had a great meeting today.  We had a speaker from Innovative Neurotronics, Ulysses Singleton, DPT talking about an electronic stimulation device for foot drop.  It has been less than a year since it has been FDA approved, so it is not yet approved  by Medicare.  The good news is it should soon be covered by Medicare and it is already approved thru the VA.  Otherwise it would be about $4,500.  It is an awesome device.  We watched a video showing people that had little movement in their legs walking very smoothly.  Almost all of our members tried it and showed success in the muscle stimulation.  It would have to be programmed to the individual to know exactly how much it would help with the walking, but it showed great promise!!  Everyone was enthusiastic about it.  In attendance were Art Bourgeois, Peggy Bourgeois, Jean McGrail, Ruthie Taylor, Lynn Zeuch, Tom Frederick, Chuck Sanderson and his dad, Debbie Dann and Daryl Dann and some much missed members from the past...Lynn and Ed Kreczmer along with 2 new members, Deborah Steinmetz and her husband.

WalkAide is a medical device that, after more than a decade in development, has received marketing clearance from the FDA for improving walking ability of people suffering from Foot Drop.

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Art announced that he will no longer be running the club after May as his health has made it harder for him.  Jean will be taking over, but Art will still be filling in when she's not there and Art & Peg will still remain a vital part of the group and still plan on staying as active in the group as they can.  Things really shouldn't be much different than they have always been.  Lynn announced that she will be starting up a Night Support Group in her home.  More details to come on that.

We discussed the 3 upcoming local seminars in Ocala in April and the importance of attending them as the more people that attend, the more often we should have them in Ocala.  We also talked about our upcoming Semi-Annual M.S. Yard Sale on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 20 and the importance of everyone doing their part to make it successful.  Flyers were handed out and asked if each person could distribute them to local doctors and grocery stores, etc.,

We will be having Melissa Mulcahy from the National Society at our April meeting.  Don't miss it!  Let's have a great turn-out! 

February Meeting

   

   Our Fearless leader, Art led our February meeting at Perkins Restaurant on Rte. 200 in Ocala, FL.  Good to have you back Art!  Art and Peggy, Joe and Elaine, Daryl and Debbie, Cathy and Bill Reithel, Lynn, Bob and Barbara Goodwin, Tom Fredrick, Fred Thren, Teresa Rodriguez and her Mother, Sally McQueen and Melinda Ruff all attended.  Jean was in Massachusetts visiting her 101 year old grandmother and her sister in New Hampshire.  It snowed 5 out of 10 days.  Was great seeing everyone, but happy to be back in sunshiney Florida.

  Melinda talked about Rebif and all the new things there doing.  Sally McQueen talked about her Jazzy Stick. She had many different ones that she made and she gave us 2 to raffle off with our 50/50, Peggy got one and Elaine got the other and Tom won the 50/50.
 
   At our next meeting on Wed. March 21, we will have a speaker talking about a product to help with Foot Drop.  

WalkAide is a medical device that, after more than a decade in development has received marketing clearance from the FDA for improving the walking ability of people experiencing foot drop.  Invented by a team of researchers at a major university, WalkAide simulates the typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, causing the foot to lift at the appropriate time in the walking cycle.  The resulting movement is a smoother, more natural, and safer stepping motion.

 The Mid Florida Chapter programs team met with the Central Florida representative from Innovative Nuerotronics, Inc.

Upcoming April Perkins Meeting - Melissa Mulcahy from NMSS will be at our meeting to discuss upcoming things with the NMSS. and to answer questions.
 
 
  We had another meeting on the 26th at Olive Garden. Art, Peggy, Chuck his mother and father, Lynn, Ruthie, Joe, Elaine, Judy, Cathy and Red and Rich and 2 others from the Villages. Dr. Mark Cascione   MS Center Director, Tampa, Fl  talk about MRI. How to read them and let you know if you have any new lesions.

January Meeting

   

Our January meeting was held on Wednesday, January 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant in Ocala.  It was so nice to see some of our old members returning.  Eileen Shorten was back from New York and Lisette Torres who has been busy working were there.  Bob and Barbara Goodwin were also there along with one of our newer members, Teresa Rodriguez and her sister and mom.  Lynn Zeuch was there, along with Tom Frederick and Mina and Donald Frank were also there.  Fred Thren also joined us along with Stan and Marylyn Peel, Chuck Sanderson and his dad, Sandy, and of course, myself.  Art and Peg are on a cruise and will be back in town Saturday, but not in time for our Kotobuki Dinner on Saturday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m. 

We broke up into mini-groups on different topics such as Cognitive Issues, Bladder Problems, Tremors, Overcoming Depression and Fatigue, Vitamins and MS and other risk factors for MS, etc.  Some people stayed in their original group, while others switched to a different group.  Please give me feedback on this so I know if you would like to do something like this again.  We also talked as a group about keeping a good attitude and how that can affect how you feel and how long you feel that way!  There is a seminar coming up at the Ocala Hilton on Thursday, January 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Please call NMSS at 1-800-344-4867 to register.  Hope to see you all at Kotobuki on Saturday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m. 

Anyone planning on going on the Hardrock Casino Trip to the Villages that has already signed up needs to meet at The Villages in front of Albertsons at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30.  Hope to see you there!

December Meeting

  

  

 

The December meetnig was held on December 20 at Perkins Restaurant.  We started the meeting early, 9:30 a.m., as we had a speaker from Pickard and Phillips, talking about different kinds of medical insurance and supplements that was nice enough to provide free breakfast for everyone.  (He also mentioned that he does annuities, etc.)  It was a very informative meeting and many people signed up requesting more information.  In attendance were Jean McGrail, Chuck Sanderson, Sandy Sanderson, Rich LaCoss, Lynn Zeuch, Ruthie Taylor, Herman Urscher, Tom Frederick, Carrie Montgomery, Jim Chambers, Peggy Bourgeois, Mina Frank, Donald Frank, Stan Peel, Marylyn Peel, Joanne McGuire, Thomas McGuire, Viola McGuire, Edward McGuire and Mitzi Gienapp.  Art Bourgeois was unable to attend as he was in the hospital.  Thank Goodness, he is home now and doing well. 

We talked about the wonderful Christmas Party we had at Art and Peg's house.  We played Christmas Bingo this year (which included prizes), sang Christmas Carols, exchanged presents, heard a poem written by and sung by Fred Thren, played Texas Hold 'Em and Blackjack in the evening, and just had an all around good time!  Thank you to everyone involved including Art and Peg for opening up their house to us and helping to decorate it so nicely, also Thanks to Red and Cathy for all the kitchen prep work, including cooking the turkeys and clean-up and to everyone in our group for making it a success! 

We also talked about the Seminole Casino trip with The Villages on Tuesday, January 30.  Joanne McGuire and Thomas McGuire signed up and paid their $20 and Jean McGrail had already signed up and paid her $20.  Viola Mcguire and Edward McGuire also signed up and Jean will be contacting them about their $20 and additional information needed.  Anyone else wanting to go, please sign up on the Activities/Sign-up Page and under comments, please let me know when you will be able to give me the $20.  I will need it by December 31.  Also, please note there is additional informatoin that you will need to provide me on the sign-up sheet as we need it for the Player's Club Cards so they will be ready when you get there.  People going to the casino can bring their scooter, wheelchair, etc.  They will be stored underneath the bus.  Anyone going will need to walk up 3 steps to get into the bus and sit in the seat.  We will need to be at The Villages Parking Lot (specifics to follow) at 9:00 a.m. on January 30.  The bus will leave promptly at 9:30 a.m.  It will be leaving Tampa around 5:00 p.m. and returning back to The Villages Parking Lot around 6:30 p.m.

We also mentioned that the next Cards and Games Day would be Wednesday, December 27 from 11:00 a.m. til 5:00 p.m. at Jean's Mom's House, 7844 SE 135th St., Summerfield, FL.  Beef Stew will be provided.  In addition to playing Cards and Games, we will also begin working on our MCMS Group Scrapbook. 

We also talked about the upcoming activities including Bowling on Wednesday, January 3 at 10:00 at AMF Galaxy East, 3225 East Maricamp, Ocala, Lunch on Wednesday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Alfie's in Ocklawaha (Prime Rib all day for $10.99 along with seafood dishes, sandwiches, salads, etc.) and the next Meeting on Wednesday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m. (anyone wishing to order breakfast, please be there at 9:30 a.m.).  We will also be having Dinner at Kotobuki on Saturday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m.

November Meeting

We had a good meeting even tho our speaker from NMSS wasn't able to join us.  Art and Peg, Jean, Joe and Elaine, Tom, Lynn, Bob and Barbara, Sue and Chuck and Rich were present.  Peggy gave her treasurer's report and talked about the proceeds from the MS Yard Sale.  Certified Medical was nice enough to donate some money and Winn Dixie donated a gift card.  We had a drawing for the fresh floral arrangement donated by Flower Hayven (anyone who wanted to be part of it donated $1.00 and the proceeds went to our group money.  Lynn drew Doug's name.  Lynn was nominated for the Hospitality Person.  She will greet new members and make them feel comfortable with our group.  (I will be making up welcome packets for her to give out to new members.)  She will also be in charge of Thank Yous. 

We discussed the Kotobuki Dinner on Wednesday, November 29 at 4:00 p.m. and decided to leave the date as is.  We will have another Kotobuki dinner in January (Date T.B.A.). 

We also discussed the Christmas Party and it will be at Art and Peg's again this year.  It will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9.  Doors will open at 12:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 2:00 p.m.  The Club will be providing Hot Turkey, Ham and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and Stuffing.  We passed around a sign-up sheet so people could put down what else they could bring.  It was decided that each man would buy a $10 gift for a man and each woman would buy a $10 gift for a woman.  All that participate will get a gift in return.  If someone does not want to participate, that okay, but they will not get a gift in return. 

We talked about the web site and the importance of members checking it often and RSVP'ing to activities.  We also mentioned the Blog and it's function of telling about new news such as births, people being sick, sharing photos, upcoming events, and the importance of letting us know of any news and posting a response to them and viewing the comments under them.  We talked about submitting pet pics, The Shania Twain "Up" video/share your day page.  We also discussed the Ideas Page, Resource Page, etc.  We have been getting more and more messages on our Guestbook by all different people.  Remember if you haven't already signed the guest page to please do so and mention our site to your friends and people you meet.

Joe talked about the Hard Rock Casino trip scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, which will have a bus at the Villages to take people there with scooters and wheelchairs that will fit underneath.  You must be able to walk up 3 steps to get in bus as there is no lift.  You will need to arrive at the Villages at 9:00 a.m. and the bus will leave promptly at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at the Tampa Casino at approximately 11:00 a.m.  The cost is $20/person and you will receive back $25 in comps.  The bus will leave the Tampa Casino at 5:00 p.m. and arrive back at the Villages around 6:30 p.m.

We also talked about insurance supplement plans and people mentioned different ones they had and what they thought of them.

We decided we would still have the Cards and Games Day next Wednesday, November 22, even tho it is the day before Thanksgiving.  We will be having finger sandwiches.

Bowling will be Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Spanish Springs Lanes at the Villages with the Villages Support Group.

Our next luncheon will be Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the new Cracker Barrel on 484 in Belleview.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 10:00 a.m. at Perkins.  If you plan on having breakfast, please come a little ahead of time and order before the meeting starts.  Thank You.

See you soon!

October Meeting

    

October Meeting

We had a great meeting today at Perkins and had a fantastic turn-out!  Lynn is back from Germany, Tom is back from Ohio, Deb and Daryl are back and we had an unexpected visit from Donald and Mina who took time out from their RVing to be with us.  Stan and Marylyn had planned on coming, but Marylyn came down with a virus last night.  We hope you feel better Marylyn.  Bob and Barbara were there and Chuck and his mom were there.  It was nice to see his mom again!  Joe and Elaine were there and Ruthie was also there.  Art and Peg couldn't make it as they were with some relatives visiting from Canada in Daytona for a couple of days. 

Nurse Carol discussed cognitive issues with MS and Optical Neuritis.  As always, she did a great job.  We also discussed the situation with the Ocala Neurologists that were splitting up and what that meant for us.  Dr. Ng is in Virginia, Dr. Howell will only be doing the hospitals and Dr. Gaya and Dr. Gaudier will only be at the building on 18th Ave. until the building is sold.  Once it is sold, they will also be splitting up and opening their own practices, but is not certain if they will be staying in our area.  Let's hope so!  We also talked to Nurse Carol about us having another Page on our web site that people could mention MS issues they are dealing with that she would be willing to respond to on our web site.  Keep in mind that this will be general information only and that she will not be checking on a daily basis, and if it is anything you need an answer for right away, you need to check with your doctor.  I will be creating a page for this. 

We also discussed our MS web site and the importance of checking it often and using the RSVP/submit option for responding to Activities.   We talked about the blogs for stories and that anyone was welcome to submit stories and/or pictures of any trips, or day to day situations (happy or sad) and that anyone can post a comment to any of the blogs.  We mentioned using the Resources page to look up things related to MS, the seminar page, the suggestions/comments page, Hug video, Pet page, Humor Page, Mentors,etc.   It was also brought up for anyone to email me anything they would like to add to the web site or any additional resources they find that they would like to share. We talked about some of the additional resources I learned from attending the MSF Conference last weekend.  Next month's bowling will be on November 1st.  Next month's luncheon will be at Pasta Faire in Belleview on November 8th.  Next month's MS meeting will be on November 15th.

We talked about next Wednesday's Cards and Games day at my mom's house!  She will be making meatloaf and mashed potatoes and gravy.  It will be a combination Halloween Party and we would like those that come to be in costume if possible.  It should be lots of fun!

We talked about the upcoming MS Yard Sale that will be held on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 and the importance of people participating with both items for sale and set-up or just being there in general. 

Joe, from the Villages MS Group, talked about the MS Villages Group vs. The Marion County MS Group bowling that took place on Tuesday, October 10th.  Everyone that went had a great time.  He also mentioned the upcoming trip to Hard Rock Casino in Tampa that his group is going to the end of January 2007.  Anyone from our group is welcome to go as well.  They are hiring a bus for everyone.  The bus can accomodate wheelchairs and scooters underneath in the storage area.  The only issue would be that anyone going must be able to walk up the 3 steps to get into the bus.  It will cost $20/per person and you will receive some free play, etc.  Joe also mentioned we are all welcome to go to any of his groups activities and we told him his group is welcome to come to any of ours.

We also decided that we would like to have an MS Dinner at Kotobuki Japanese Steak House on Rte. 200 (in with KMart and Best Buy) in Ocala.  It will be at 4:00 p.m. (which is the soonest they are open for dinner) and hopefully that way everyone would be able to get home before dark.  We decided it would be during the week, but we did not want to give up our regular luncheon, so it would be in addition to that on a different day.  I will set up the day and let everyone know!  It should be alot of fun!

NMSS

We will be having a speaker at our next meeting on Wednesday, November 15 meeting at Perkins from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a presentation and to answer questions.

September Meeting

This month's meeting was held at Perkins Restaurant on SW College Rd. (Rte. 200), Ocala, FL.  This was our first meeting since our summer break.  Many of our regular members were still on vacation. 

We discussed the following topics.

 

M.S. Yard Sale to be held on Fri. November 3 and Sat. Nov 4 at Jean's Mom's House, 7844 SE 135th St., Summerfield, FL.  Everyone to bring donation for yard sale to next meeting at Perkins Restaurant on SW College Rd., (Rte. 200) in Ocala, FL on Oct. 18 or drop off at Jean's Mom's house.

We decided to change the meeting time from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to allow people to sleep a little later.

We discussed who would be participating and the T-Shirts for the upcoming bowling contest between the marion County M.S. Group and the Villages M.S. Group to be held at Spanish Springs Lanes in the Villages on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

We discussed trying to get some speakers for our upcoming meetings.  Suggestions made were an Opthamologist to discuss M.S. and how it affects the eyes, and a Neuro-Psychologist to discuss M.S. and associated cognitive problems.

We decided our next luncheon would be at Alfie's on CR 25 in Ocklawaha on October 11 at 11:00 a.m...Bring on the Prime Rib!

We voted in a new Treasurer, PeggyBourgeois.  Congratulations Peg!  

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Nurse Carol

Nurse Carol from Dr. Gaudier/Dr. Gaya's Office will be at our meeting at Perkins on Wednesday, October 18.  She will be talking about Cognitive Issues and Eye Complications involved with MS.  She will also answer any questions you might have!  We look forward to having her with us again!

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Contact:  Jean McGrail, Facilitator        (352) 207-4251

Email:     MCMSGroup@aol.com

               Debbie Dann, Co-Facilitator   

Email:     DebbieJoDD2@aol.com