Montgomery MS Center

Volume 6, Issue 1 (May, 2007)

Volume 6, Issue 1 (May, 2007)

One Monterra Court, Rockville, Maryland 20850 · 301-838-9555

Karen’s Corner

karenGreat things are happening in the world of MS! No, there isn’t a cure yet but there are some very promising new drugs in the pipeline. The key is to stay educated, be a strong advocate for yourself, communicate with your doctors, keep up a regular exercise routine and, of course, stay cool this summer!
As for me, I’m on the run. The Consortium of MS Centers annual conference is in DC this year and I’m excited to be going. It seems that I only make it every 2 years but I always come back with so much information to better our Center. I have a special mission at this conference to let as many folks in the MS community know about the MMSC. It is on our turf and I mean to make our presence be known!

After that, I’m packing my family up and in the words of my daughter, I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD! As one of the most accessible places to vacation, I’m planning on a great vacation and hope to return with some more photos as to crazy things Karen does with her MS. True to our logo, I’m living life to its fullest.

Have a great summer,

Our Heroes

Who knew when we first started seven years ago that Temple Beth Ami would still be willing to host us so many years later and that John Barbee would still be making our web site look so great for so long? Thank you so much to both. You are our heroes!

Another Good Samaritan

What do you do with your assistive devices when you can no longer use them? Find a new needy owner through the MMSC, of course! Our most recent transfer was of two like new stair lifts complete with track, chair and all mechanisms. They are safely installed and in use in their new homes. Thanks!

Please Visit our Site

Have You Seen Our Web Site Lately? It’s always changing and has our calendar. Stop by at www.montgomerymscenter.org.


Physical Therapy and Multiple Sclerosis

“The symptoms of multiple sclerosis can affect your ability to move around. You may be experiencing tightness, pain, and weakness, especially in the muscles and joints. Physical therapy may help.

Physical therapy cannot cure the primary symptoms of MS (such as weakness, tremors, tingling, numbness, loss of balance, vision impairment, paralysis, and bladder or bowel dysfunction), but therapy can enable you to compensate for the changes brought about by MS. These “compensatory treatments,” as they’re called, include learning about new movement techniques, strategies, and equipment.

Physical therapy can also be very helpful at lessening and even stopping secondary symptoms of MS. A physical therapist can teach you exercises to strengthen and loosen muscles. Many of these exercises can be performed at home. The goal of physical therapy is to improve your independence and quality of life by improving movement and function and relieving pain.
Physical therapy can help with:

  • Balance problems
  • Lack of coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Immobility
  • Weakness”

WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic

Attention Online Shoppers

How many of you sent flowers on Mother’s Day? Have you been buying clothes, office supplies, electronics and/or books? Have you been going directly to the vendor site and making them richer? You could be entering those very same sites through our charity malls where those vendors have an agreement to donate a small percentage of your purchase money to the MMSC and IT DOESN’T COST YOU A PENNY! We do our best to find ways to get donations that don’t cost our patrons anything. This is so easy. Just visit your favorite vendor through one of our charity malls by entering our web site at www.montgomerymscenter.org, click on either Buy for Charity, amazon.com or greatergood.com, register to benefit our charity (only the first time you visit), find your favorite vendor and shop to your heart’s content.