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The Activities Calendar published by the Northern California Chapter of the National MS Society



    Participants in our recent emotional wellness tele-series learned several techniques they can use to improve their emotional well being. The program was a series of three calls that were facilitated by the dynamic and talented Catherine Freemire, LCSW and Life Coach.

    During the first call, Keys to Authentic Happiness, Catherine shared that a practice of reflecting on what is good and encouraging gratitude is a key to happiness. Kathy McGee of Sacramento said: This program reinforced for me that I have MS but MS doesnt have me. Based on the lessons from this program, I now keep a gratitude bag, which is a pretty gift bag in which I keep small slips of paper on which I have written things (or people) I am grateful for. I refer to it whenever I am feeling low in spirit and need a reminder.

    In our second program, Leading With Your Strengths, Catherine helped participants in assessing their personal strengths and reflecting on how to use them in daily life.

    Finally, during Rituals for Inner Peace and Balance, Catherine addressed the importance of self-care. During the program, one technique she suggested is to pair daily activities with a ritual that is enjoyable such as paying bills with a cup of favorite tea or playing good music while house-cleaning.

    Look for new tele-series from the chapter in the fall as well as regularly scheduled teleconfer-ences offered by the Society. Or participate in our upcoming phone support group beginning in July (see page 12 for more information).

    If youd like to receive Catherines free, quarterly newsletter, Life Lessons, Tips for Leading a Balanced and Meaningful Life, e-mail her at and put SUBSCRIBE and full name in the subject line. Catherine offers sessions by telephone or in person. If you would like more information please visit or contact her at 925-939-4554.

    Activities Calendar JUNEJULY 2009


    National MS SocietyNorthern California Chapter

    June 2nd Teen Teleconference Information 10

    June 3rd Dealing With Pain & Spasticity 13

    June 13th Couples Relationship Workshop 3

    June 20th Making Laughter, Loving Life 4

    June 20th Los Gatos Counseling Group 2

    July 13th Phone Support Group Begins 12

    Emotional Wellness Spotlight

    Other Programs ...

    Pharmaceutical Company Sponsored Programs 5

    Yoga Class Schedule 6

    Self-Help Group Schedule 8

  • 8-week Los Gatos Counseling Group Beginning in June 2009!

    In-Person Counseling Group

    Join this supportive forum for people with MS that will focus on various topics such as self identity, working with change, re-defining a sense of self after MS and envisioning new goals and dreams.

    This group will be facilitated by Alison Turner, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. If you are interested in participating in this group or would like more information please contact Lisa Matejczuk, MSW, Emotional Support Manager at or call 1-800-344-4867, option 2.

    Space is limited so please register by June 10th.

    Los GatosJune 20thAugust 8th 20091:30pm to 3:00pm

    $40 for 8-week series

    Activities Calendar


    Chapter Headquarters 415-230-6677 1700 Owens St. Suite 190 San Francisco, CA 94158 Sacramento Office 916-927-8000 4225 Northgate Blvd., Suite 4 Sacramento, CA 95834 Silicon Valley Office408-988-7557 2589 Scott Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 950501-800-344-4867

    If you or someone you know has MS:Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with mulitple sclerosis. Talk to your health professional or contact the National MS Society at 1.800.344.4867 or to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.

    Information provided by the National MS Society is based upon professional advice, published experience and expert opinion. Information provided in response to questions does not constitute therapeutic recommendations or prescriptions. The Society recommends that all questions and information be discussed with a personal physician.

    The National MS Society does not endorse products, services or manufacturers. Such names appear here solely because they are considered valuable information. The Society assumes no liability for the use or contents of any product or service mentioned.

    2009 National MS Society, Northern California Chapter

    National MS SocietyNorthern California Chapter

    Pre-registration is required for all programs. Call 1-800-344-4867. JUNEJULY 2009


    Looking to make a difference? Change a corner of the world? We have a job for you. VOLUNTEER today and join the movement.

    Bike MS: Waves to Wine especially needs volunteersgroups welcome. Call Shannon at 415-230-6678 ext. 2020 to discuss many opportunities.


  • Dealing with Pain & Spasticity Pain and spasticity are common symptoms for a person with MS. Based on a formal study funded by the National MS Society as many as 80% of people with Primary Progressive MS have identified spasticity as affecting their daily living and 64% are adversely affected by pain. Find out the causes, standard practices and latest advances dealing with these symptoms and how to maximize your control. In this program, Dr. Maia Chakerian and Dr. Allen Kaisler-Meza will discuss many treatments for dealing with pain and spasticity.

    Los GatosWednesday, June 3rd

    6:00pm to 8:30pmGood Samaritan HospitalCafeteria at the Mission Oaks Campus15891 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd.Light refreshments will be provided.

    For more information or to register for this program, please call 1-800-344-4867.

    Maia Chakerian, MD, is an anesthesiologist and an interventional pain manager. Allen Kaisler-Meza, MD, specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is the Medical Director for Good Samaritan Hospitals Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility. Both doctors currently have practices in Los Gatos, CA.


    Couples Relationship Workshop Enhancing Communication & Mutual Empathy

    Join us for a new day-long retreat for couples who want to address changes in their relationship that stem from having a partner with MS. This small group retreat will provide a safe and supportive forum to interact with other couples and have some reflective time to enjoy the beautiful Iron Horse walking trail.

    LafayetteSaturday, June 13th

    9:30am to 3:30pmLafayette Founders Grove584 Glenside Dr.

    Randall Lippins, MFT, will discuss how couples can integrate mutual empathy to enhance closeness and understanding. This program will also include an interactive session on improving communication skills for couples, facilitated by a member of the non-profit organization, Bay Area Non Violent Communication.

    For more information or to register for this program please contact Lisa Matejczuk, MSW, Emotional Support Manager at or call 1-800-344-4867, option 2.

    Making Laughter, Loving Life


    Join the Global Movement to end MS! Be part of the first worldwide MS awareness day.

    Visit for more information and register at

  • An Afternoon with the Queen of Jest

    This summer, give yourself a gift you can share with others for free: laughter. Going through life with MS is no laughing matter; however learn at this seminar how you can make active changes that bring joy into your life and help you share that joy with your loved ones. Patty Wooten, nurse, nurse humorist, nurse retention specialist and compassionate clown, will not only talk about the healing benefit of humor, but will also show you how to create humor and bring more into your life. Breakfast will be provided.

    Santa CruzSaturday, June 20th

    9:00am to 11:30amCocoanut GroveSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk400 Beach Street

    For more information or to register for this program, please call 1-800-344-4867.

    Patty Wooten, RN, BSN, PHN, a charter member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, and a long-time member of the International Society for Humor Studies, is often called the Queen of Jest, because shes tickled the funny bones of millions. The world

    understands more about the healing power of humor because of Pattys lifelong work with leading humor researchers and practitioners. She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the field of therapeutic humor. Pattys mission for the past 30 years has been helping people jest for the health of it.


    Activities CalendarNational MS SocietyNorthern California Chapter

    JUNEJULY 2009

    Beat the HeatAs summer approaches and temperatures rise, the Northern California Chapter will offer cooling solutions that can help you beat the heat. Many people with MS experience a temporary worsening of their symptoms when the weather is very hot or humid. Here are a few tips to beat the heat:

    * Use cooling products like vests, neck wraps, or bandanas

    * Drink cool water or enjoy icy treats such as popsicles or slurpees

    * Use oscillating fans or hand-held spray bottles, especially when exercising

    * Stay in an air-conditioned environment during periods of extreme heat and humidity (utility companies often offer a medical discount program for additional air-conditioner use with a document from your physician)

    * Exercise in a cool pool (80-84 degrees)

    If you have questions regarding cooling products or need assistan