By Christine Rumleskie
The B.C. and Yukon Branch of the MS Society of Canada is holding information sessions in Fort St. John on Wednesday Evening.
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Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It usually brings with it visual problems, weakness, depression, and difficulties with coordination and speech. It can affect anyone at any age, and there’s currently no cure.
MS Society spokesperson Maggie Mullins says that’s why it’s important to have presentations on new developments and research on the disease.
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The first information session starts at 7:00 p.m. and is called, ""We cannot direct the winds, but we can adjust our sails." It’s a presentation by MS Nurse Marcy Moore, who works out of the Prince George clinic and also assists in an outreach clinic in Fort St. John.
Another presentation is scheduled at 8:30 p.m., and will detail the MS Society’s services.
Mullins encourages everyone who has or is affected by MS, to come out to the meetings on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Mullins says the MS Society is a strong advocate for housing needs for people, particularly younger patients. She says there are more housing options in B.C. for elderly patients.
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There are up to 10,000 people living with MS in B.C. alone, and Mullins says the Prince George MS clinic sees around 500 people per year from across the North.
The information sessions will held at the Fort St. John Health Unit on Wednesday, March 31st. For more information, contact Maggie Mullins at 1-800-268-7582.