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Monthly Focus Group

in Bellingham, WA

We are now an affiliated member of
MS Focus’s Independent Support Group Network.

At MS My Way, our meetings are for anyone living with multiple sclerosis, and their caregivers and family members. Come tell your story. Each month, we discuss a different topic or strategy regarding life with ms. When the conversation is ripe, we publish a blog post about it, so that the conversation can become a public resource.
Sometimes we throw a party.

Every Second Sunday
5-7pm 
Community Meeting Room
@ Coop Bakery Cafe

405 E Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225

(This calendar includes ALL ms-related events in the greater Bellingham area)

2020 Calendar:

Jan 12 – Looking forward, taking stock.

Feb 9 – GUEST SPEAKER: On The Latest Research
Dr Caroline Taylor, from Swedish Neurology in Seattle.
Dr Taylor will give a talk about the latest research, and answer individual questions in open discussion. 

March 8 – Diets for MS
Which ones help the most, recipe sharing, food-prep, meal-planning. Potluck! Paleo, KETO, Swank and Wahls, distilling the best parts.
MARCH MEETING CANCELED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS CAUTIONS
We apologies for the inconvenience!
Here is a link to the National MS Society’s Advisory Statement about CORVID-19, group gatherings, and folks with MS. NMSS ADVISORY STATEMENT

April 4th (Sat) – MS Walk
Join our “MS My Way” team or form your own with friends and family!
9am at Zuanich Park in Bellingham
Official Registration [link]

April 12 – (Easter Sunday, no meeting)

May 10 – Mothers Day 
(no meeting)

June 14 – Using Mindfulness to Manage Symptoms
Every day it seems like there is new evidence about the link between wellness and mindfulness. Chronic disease is often linked with dis-regulation of the autonomic nervous system. Mindfulness practices like yoga, meditation, singing, breath work, art making, and time in nature are nourishing for anyone but they can also help our dis-regulating nervous systems start to function better.
GUEST SPEAKER: tba

July 12 – Community Picnic 
The greater MS community of Whatcom County, the Whatcom MS Daytime Group, and the MS My Way evening support group collaborate to bring a community pick-nick. Come celebrate summer together in an accessible outdoor location. Bring friends, family and caregivers to share support and community together.
Picnic lunch and outdoor games.
(LOCATION – tba)

August 9 – Invisible Illness
MS can often feel like an invisible illness. Many of the symptoms are cognitive, and subtle. How do we identify our needs around an invisible illness? How do we ask for and receive appropriate support? Come share your stories and strategies of living with an invisible illness.

Sept 13 – Pursuing Your Passions
Hobbies, social life, and professional goals : being our best selves in spite of illness. 

October 11 – Connecting with Larger Organizations & Resources
GUEST SPEAKER: Nicole Nida, Programs Manager at the National MS Society, will give a presentation of programs and resources available from the National MS Society locally and around the world.

November 8 – Tending our Relationships
How do we maintain equitable and mutually supportive relationships with our caretakers?

December 13 – Wrapping Up the Year
CHRISTMAS PARTY!
Recap and reflections of the past year.
What works, what doesn’t work, and what did we learn?

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