Hot weather is on its way!   But we have good news!

At the MS Alliance support group meeting Tuesday, April 12, our guest speakers Marcia Harris and Debra Forman, from MSF, shared information about their many programs and services for people with MS including their Cooling Program, open til June 1st.  The other program is their Brighter Tomorrow Grant.

More often than not, heat and MS don’t mix. As body temperature rises, weakness, fatigue, visual disturbances, and other symptoms can become aggravated and temporarily worsen. While heat does not actually make MS worse, it does alter the passage of nerve impulses, causing a feeling of weakness, especially in the limbs

But keeping cool can help you work, shop, and maintain your home during the summer months. It can also help you reclaim countless activities associated with the warmer seasons, like gardening, fishing, walking, biking, family outings, barbecues, and baseball games.  The MSF Cooling Program offers a variety of items, free of charge, that will help you stay cool in the heat. Available items include:

Cooling Vests
Neck Wraps

Candidates of the Cooling Program receive their items on a first-come basis; apply soon with complete information and confirmation of your MS diagnosis from your doctor.  To apply go to: select the ‘Get help’ tab, and then ‘Cooling Program.’