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March 17th, 2008

Healthy Eating Monday
Chat Schedule Tuesday Night Trivia
ChatStar Women's/Men's Wednesday
Stories and Pictures Thursday Game Night 
Recipes & Healthy Eating
HeadsUp ! Saturday Pets Chat
Famous People/Birthdays Poems
Rod's Music Shoppe Newsletter Archive

PeopleWithMS - Intro
PWMS Dream Team The Morning Dream Team . . . Bette42, Barry, and Dennis bring you early morning chatter, coffee, croissants & kreullers starting at 7am EST Monday through Thursday, 8am on fridays.  Join them for some great early morning discussion !

 



MS_Kitty70's NewsWire MS_Kitty70 is doing a superb job on our NewsWire.  If you want to keep up on all the latest, withour rooting through 28 technical journals, check it out!

 
On this Happy Saint Patrick's Day, remember => the only $$ green $$ on this site comes from St Patty => No Advertisements, No Member Solicitations, No Chat Membership Fees.  If anything, you can donate some time and company in chat.

Have you recently acquired a large number of ' Special Friends ? '   More than live in your entire local community?  And suddenly they are all sending you E-Cards and other unsolicited e-mail ?   Don't believe it, and Don't open that evil, infested e-mail!  The computer you save will be your own.  PeopleWithMS will never send you anything except this newsletter, never share your e-mail address with anybody, and if you are worried you can even read this newsletter online directly from the link on our homepage.  

Chat

PeopleWithMS Newsletter 08-19-07 PWMS Chat Update: 

Chat continues to grow at 1,000 visitors a week!  If you are newly arriving, or a returning friend from MS Watch, MS World, Jooly's Joint, or another chat, let folks know.  It's great to catch up on what old friends have been up to. At the same time, we have seen that the room become more in touch with helping the newbie to feel welcome.   We're getting new chatters weekly and it's very rewarding to see everyone helping out the newcomers to chat.  



Recent events dictate a restatement of certain facts of life about the PeopleWithMS Chat.    

Our primary focus is Multiple Sclerosis and our objective is support.  Not just boring clinical information - support is under a big tent, with broad expanse of fabric.   So we have many rooms to cover the many topics and personal perspectives.  

Remember -This is your house as well as ours.
We donate the chatroom, and solicit no outside sponsors:  We rely on our chatters to volunteer their time and effort to make this the best it can be.  We keep a very open mind about our chat rooms, recognizing that we are catering to a wide audience. We really don't want to make rules about what you think is relevant help. But we do expect some display of common sense and respect.  
  • The Lobby is the Town Common, where people have the least in common.  So exercise restraint and patience!
  • The Rooms List covers some common general interests or attitudes, and special purpose rooms, so if that is what you and other chatters are into, go there, and others may follow.  
  • Private Messages are for quick exchange of private or side-conversation information, like an e-mail address, interesting web site address, or company phone number.
  • Private Discussion of personal, perhaps embarrassing physical or other issues can be taken to a special-purpose room such as the WomenOnly, MenOnly, or OffTopic Room
  • Other Topics simply belong outside this chat.  Dubious personal topics, commercial activities, and proclivities such as media piracy & warez, cybersex, snakeoil miracle cures, etc. have no place in any public or private room on PeopleWithMS.  Please take it out of PeopleWithMS onto an instant messanger. 

Transcripts are maintained for the safety and security of our chatters, just like any other major chat site.  They allow us to identify the IP address and location of problem chatters, who don't might not belong.  When someone reports misbehavior in chat, transcripts allow investigation and substantiation of the accusation.  We don't want to throw anybody out.  However, we also don't want creeps harrassing chatters.  

***  Please Be Advised:  Some recent visiting chatters have held the firm opinion that since they live in a free country they can go anywhere they want on the internet, and say anything they want, in any chatroom.  Regardless of disruption to other chatters in the room.  And are indignant when they can't immediately utter their latest ill-formed thought.  That idea doesn't hold when someone yells ' Fire ' in a crowded theatre, and less so when the the site is privately owned and operated.  

The Rooms List

PWMS

Main Chat Room

aka " The Lobby "

This a main chat room for all chatters. The best place to start at any time of the day or night. Some stay in here always. 

But now you can head off to another room, the choices are below.

CoffeeHouse

( rated PG )

Grab some friends, have a latte!  Or kick back with a Cappuccino.

Lounge

( rated R )

Bring your friends in here when the off-color jokes, rowdy discussions, or other topics start offending delicate sensibilities in other rooms. !  If discussion goes XXX, get out of chat and onto IM, or book a hotel.
No Graphics

This is the place to hang out if your eyes just can't deal with fast-moving chat text and flashing graphics. Please turn off Avatars and Emoticons to eliminate flashing and conserve display space.


Special Rooms 


Special Rooms 

Newly Diagnosed RA's, Hosts, or any concerned chatter should suggest newly diagnosed chatters head into this quieter, special purpose room.  There should be no casual or off topic discussions here => the focus is on the questions, concerns, and fears of that new person. 
Trivia & Games

Organized Triva and Games are held 2 nights a week. However, you can organize games anytime you want.  Or leave a trivia question and play tag.

Women Only This room is only for Women! It can be used anytime at all. We do have Women's Night  Wednesday 8PM EST
Men's Only This room is only for Men! It can be used anytime at all. We do have Men's Night  Wednesday 8PM EST
Off-Topic

The room for discussions of limited interest subjects.  Computer repair.  Pasta farming.  Furniture Refinishing Techniques.  

BikerBar HarleyVickie had the idea, and we made it a reality.  Now it's up to you to keep the room filled with lively discussions of whatever seems appropriate.  
PetShop

Join PetsRUs6 in the PetShop on Saturdays nights for discussion about all things pet.  All Animals, Anytime !

Connections

No one in chat, or the room you are interested in chatting in ?  Leave a message. They will catch you later.

Staff Lounge A closed room for occasional staff meetings.
 

Who's Chatting Where?  Plus Signs to the left of room names click-expand to show who's in there !

Who's logging in and out ?  Regular users should only see those logging into and out of a particular room.  RAs see all  entry-exit so they can greet newcomers.


Chat Star

 

.bette42

 

I AM BETTE. I WAS DIAGNOSED @ 38 AND AM NOW 46. I HAD WHAT I BELIEVE MY FIRST ATTACK @36 BUT THEY BASICALLY THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A VERY BAD MIGRAINE AT THE MASS GENERAL IN BOSTON. I WAS EXTREMELY TIRED AND FAINTED. WHILE THERE I HAD THE FIRST OF MANY MRI'S . THAT FIRST ONE SAID ?MS NOTHING WAS SAID TO ME ABOUT ?MS I MOVED ON AND JUST KEPT WORKING MY 60-70 HOURS WEEKS. I WAS A SINGLE MOM OF 2 SMALL GIRLS SO I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO WORK THAT MANY HOURS. IRONICALLY I WAS A RN WHO WORKED WITH MS PATIENTS. I THOUGHT I KNEW EVERYTHING ABOUT MS THERE WAS TO KNOW!!!! ARROGANT HUH?   (more)


Coordinator of Room Administrators

JolyRox is coordinating all Room Administrators Please contact her with any problems. She may make some suggestions about how to be a more effective Room Administrator. Work with her she has some very good ideas. We need Team work! She will help with anything she can when it comes to helping others in chat.  

Or contact us at PWMS@PeopleWithMS.com

Chat Coordinator!

Norma is coordinating all chats.  Please contact her for any changes. All you have to do is look at the schedule for and find a place that fits  when hosting is good for you.  If somebody is already hosting then, pop in to support them, and let them know you'll back-up, or buddy host with them.  Just let her know what you choose! Norma's email is NORMAJJOHNSTON@SBCGLOBAL.NET  

 

Chat Hosting Schedule                                                                                                      

The Chat Schedule breaks things down by day, and show the equivalent times in different time zones.  Hopefully this will make it a bit clearer how an Eastern Standard Time relates to your personal timezone or country.    

Reading the schedule is easy: Just click on the day of the week to jump down.  and then look down from your local time zone on top to the time you are interested in => bold times are when hosts have volunteered to be present.  

Knowing someone is available to provide support at dependable, specific local times makes a chat more successful.  

Please, if you go in chat and a host does not answer you right away, please wait,  Our hosts do a 2 hours stretch and need bathroom time and coffee time.  So if they're away right at the sec you arrive, be patient, they will come back.

Click Here to jump to the full Chat Schedule Page  
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Stories

PeopleWithMS - Stories and Pictures


CindyD


My name is CindyD. I live in Caledonia, Michigan which is a little south of Grand Rapids. I am a 46 year old divorced mother of two girls who was dx'd with PPMS in 04. I am not on any of the ABC drugs, I do have a lot of scripts for symptoms though. I am an always happy, glass 1/2 full kind of girl. If anyone has any more questions please ask in the room ok?  (much more )
Luis



I am 67 years old and have Progressive MS. Worked as a teacher in NYC for  34 years, married to my wife for almost 46 years. I was dx'd in 1988.  At the present time I use a chair 24/7 (not true what about when I'm in  bed?) during the Winter time I spend a lot of time at home but have quite a  few hobbies: Ham Radio call's N2GKI, Shortwave listening, used postage stamps and reading. The last months I worked was a real trial, fell down  the stairs in the subway and that was what really made me think twice about  "putting the papers in". We have 3 children all out of the nest but they  keep in touch with me on a daily basis.  I am not using any of the DMM's now in the last worsening my left side was  affected. Can only use the index finger of my left hand.  I believe that creating a good and happy environment, keeping in touch with  good friends and having a family that cares do make a great difference.  Stay calm, one day at the time, don't get upset, do Meditation and  breathing exercises, take your medications and don't do what you know is  going to affect you. Good luck to all, thanks you for all!   (more )



 Visit RonB's Tornado Alley

More pics being added real soon now . . .

This could be you*

Just send your name, story, and photo along to: PWMS@PeopleWithMS.com

People like to read other stories about MS and dealing with the everyday life with MS.  Everyone's M.S. is different and everyone's story is different. Get to know the chatters we chat with. 

Stories and Picture's 

 

PWMS  Welcomes!   

Please, we have issued an All Points Bulletin for any new chatters !   Come in, ask them to send us their e-mail addresses at PWMS@PeopleWithMS.com ; it is the only way we can send them out our weekly newsletter.  Also, let them know about your stories and pictures, and perhaps ask if they'd like to submit one.! A great way to get instant recognition, by appearing in the newsletter.  Most of us love to know more about each other and see who we chat with. When no one is here and a new MSER comes in and reads our stories and poems it helps to read and see how MSers deal with life.

 Anyone who wants to add Pictures or update their story, please do so.

HeadsUp !

PeopleWithMS - Heads Up ! ! !
Norma's 

MS 

 

Walk 

 

The National MS Society is kicking off our annual MS Walk. I am planning to be a part of that event and I am asking you to join me in the fight against MS by making a contribution to support my effort.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of MS. They simultaneously fund research for a cure while also helping people who currently live with MS lead more fulfilling lives. I believe in the work they do, and I invite you to see for yourself all the good they've done for the MS community. More than 400,000 Americans live with MS, and your support can and will make changes in their lives.

Please help by making a donation - large or small - to fight MS. Or, why not join me on the day of the event? Become a participant and side by side, as teammates, we can work together to raise the funds to make a difference.

Click Here to go to learn more about Norma's MS WalkClick here to learn more about supporting Norma's WalkClick Here to go to Norma's MS Walk Page

 

Montel Williams is promoting the new prescription program 

" Partnership for Prescription Assistance " :  

https://www.pparx.org/

call 1-888-477-2669  /  1-888-4PPA-NOW

There are over 150 different programs that can help you get your meds for free, or at a low cost.  Check it out ! ! !

We also have some links up on our web site that may help. Check it outPatient Assistance Programs

 

Norma alerted us to this important National Multiple Sclerosis Society Program; Direct Assistance. This provides durable medical equipment and other financial aid to those with demonstrated need . Program details vary by chapter.  However, the following will give you an idea of what might be available. Check with your local chapter ( Find Your Chapter ) if you think you might be eligible. A number of our chatters have had luck with this program.

Direct Assistance Now Available

The National MS Society, Michigan Chapter is offering new financial services to address the needs of individuals with multiple sclerosis and their families.

The goal of Direct Assistance is to provide financial assistance to enhance the quality of life and help individuals with MS achieve their highest level of independence.

This program helps chapter members with MS obtain financial assistance in the areas of:

  • Transportation - to and from medical appointments ONLY
  • Home Care - short-term personal care and homemaker/chore services. This service offers assistance in the home with tasks that individuals living with MS are having difficulty completing (meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, bathing, and dressing).
  • Respite Care - care when the usual caregiver is temporarily unavailable because of travel, illness or other demands.
  • Short-term counseling - counseling for those facing unexpected challenges as a result of their MS. Limited counseling services are available through in-person and telephone sessions.
  • Medical equipment - the purchase or repair of a variety of equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and bath equipment.
  • Equipment Loan Closet - for people with MS to borrow, free of charge, equipment that they need for a short period of time.
  • Home & auto modifications - such as lifts, ramps or hand controls.
  • Window air conditioners - limited to no more than one window unit per year with a minimum of five years between requests. This service is offered from April 1st - September 30th of each year.
  • Cooling vest - limited to no more thatn one cooling vest per year with a minimum of five years between requests. This service is offered from April 1st - September 30th of each year.
  • Emergency response systems - ensures that adults living at home get quick assistance whenever needed - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

All assistance is based on financial need and provided according to a sliding fee scale. To obtain assistance, the Chapter requires:

  • A verification of diagnosis.
  • Completion of a confidential financial assistance application
  • Some items/services also require a physician's prescription

For more information or to apply for financial assistance call  800-344-4867.

Services provided depending on available resources. Advance notice required for all services.

Partial support underwritten by the R.M. Gerstacker Foundation.

 
We are starting to talk about our JUNE 2008 Get Together. 

It is still too early to make any solid plans, but keep it in mind.

 

"I Dropped My Chicken Soup:

Stories about Multiple Sclerosis"

 

So I want to apologize. I haven't been keeping up on on book updates. I've been to preoccupied with my own health, which has been having a few issues and that really hasn't been fair of me. And once again I do want to thank everyone for the Anyways I'm ready to concentrate on book updates

Now on to the book update. The book is going over fairly well. (But don't worry if you haven't purchased your book yet, or you want another copy there are still books for sale. Just go to my websitewww.msstories.zoomshare.com for ordering infomation.)

I've had some really positive reviews which I've posted on my website www.msstories.zoomshare.com. I've also had a lot of people tell me the book hit very close to home, which is what I wanted. I want everyone to know that they are not alone!!! But I am sorry if it was hard for anyone to read. I hope that you also found it informative!!!

Since October I've also had a number of book signings, 1 radio interview and a couple of articles in the news paper. Although I haven't posted copies of the newspaper articles. There are pictures from my book signings and the radio interview. And I will get the newspaper articles on there shortly!!

I love feedback on the book both positive and constructive negative comments. 

I hope everyone is happy and holding steady in their health!!!

Take care!!! 

Rebeka
www.myspace.com/msstories

It is also available at www.amazon.com OR www.target.com OR www.totallywell.com OR
www.wellnessbooks.com OR www.target.com OR www.bordersstores.com

Tuesday Night Trivia

PeopleWithMS - Trivia Night

Trivia Night in the PeopleWithMS Chat


Tuesday

7pm CST

8pm EST

5 pm PST

 

LFShaw hosts our Tuesday Night Trivia!

Trivia Tuesday, where the host ask the questions.

Sit back, relax.  It's Tuesday night.  Enjoy!

Our Trivia will start Tuesday!

THIS WEEKS WINNER WAS NO CONTEST:   

TRIVIA KING SUMO58 BLEW EVERYONE ELSE INTO THE WEEDS  . . .!

MrRed easily maintained his Vulcan Deathgrip on the Last Place Crown

Womens & Mens Wednesday Nights

PeopleWithMS - Women's & Men's Chat Night

Please welcome our woman's night host Citrine! 

 Woman's night & Men's night! 

Wednesday's we have Woman's chat in our WOMAN'S ROOM 

  At the same time we have Men's chat in the MEN'S ROOM.  

We do this for one hour from 8PM till 9PM  EST. If anyone wants to stay in the woman's room for longer,   feel free to stay. We have had such a great time it seems for some it's not long enough.  Then we rejoin in the main chat room as always.

Please welcome our woman's night host Citrine! 

Donny Doormat mans the doorway, 

ready to greet you and 

guide you into the right room. 


And remember:  Any one can use these rooms at anytime.

Thursday Game Night

PeopleWithMS -Games

Thursdays

8 pm EST

7pm CST

5 pm PST 

ChiChi & Mr Red host Fact or Crap! ?

our Thursday Game Night

Mags07 had a commanding victory, leading from the very first question all the way to the last !

Escape01 deftly snatched the ultimate defeat by tricking the willy MrRed into correctly answering the last question !

All you need to bring is a sharp mind and a loaded index finger.

We need your Game Night ideas !
Talk to MrRED or send e-mail to
:
PWMS@PeopleWithMS.com

Saturday Pets Chat

PeopleWithMS -petrus chat

Saturday

8 pm EST

7pm CST

5 pm PST 

Pets-R-US Chat

Please welcome Petrus she will be hosting our Tips and Tricks for pet owners.

Petsrus has been dog grooming many years and has seen and worked with all breeds of cats and dogs. She has a font of knowledge that she would like to share with us. Please join her in the PetShop chatroom! Bring your pet questions!

Pets is also doing a weekly newsletter for us with Tips and Tricks!

Click here for Pet Shop Talk!

Recipes

PeopleWithMS - Recipes
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for Recipes

 

Check out all of the recipes on our web site that chatters have shared with us  
Click here for 

Healthy Eating 

Recipes

 

Please Email us with any recipes you would like to share with us PWMS@peoplewithms.com 

Turkey and Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe



This recipe serves: 4 
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
1 pound turkey cutlets, sliced into thin, 1-inch strips
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup non-fat sour cream
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, canned or fresh
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
2 cups cooked, hot egg noodles

Cooking Instructions
1. Season the turkey strips with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the turkey and brown on all sides, about 6 to 7 minutes total. Set the turkey on a plate and keep warm.
2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion. Season lightly with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until they are soft, about 7 more minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
3. Add the sour cream, tomatoes, Worcestershire and hot sauces. Combine well and heat thoroughly. Add the turkey and any juices. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper.
4. Divide the egg noodles among 4 plates so that they form a small ring on the plate. Spoon the stroganoff mixture into the center of each ring and serve.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 plate with noodles

Calories 467
Total Fat 16 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Protein 36 g
Total Carbohydrate 43 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sodium 462 mg
Percent Calories from Fat 32%
Percent Calories from Protein 31%
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 37%

 

Thank you Nellie

Jewel Roasted Vegetables

 

4 medium beets
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds carrots
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
8 large garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme leaves

 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Put the beets into a small baking dish and rub them with 1 tablespoon of oil. Cover the dish with foil and put into the oven for 30 minutes. In the meantime, peel and cut the carrots into 1-inch pieces, trim the Brussels sprouts and halve them lengthwise, and peel the garlic cloves. Put the carrots, Brussels sprouts and garlic cloves into a large baking dish and toss with the remainder of the oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. After the beets have been cooking for 30 minutes add the large pan of vegetables to the oven and cook everything for 1 hour more, stirring the vegetable mixture once or twice. Remove the beets from the oven and transfer them to a cutting board to cool. Stir the thyme into the carrot and Brussels sprouts mixture and let it continue to cook for another 10 minutes while the beets are cooled and cut. When the beets are cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes, peel them and cut them into 1-inch pieces. Remove the other vegetables from the oven, toss with the beets, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.


Nutrition Information
Nutritional Analysis per Serving
Calories 190
Total Fat 7.5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 345mg
Protein 6g
Carbohydrates 28g
Fiber 9g

Thank You Nellie

Strawberry-Orange Smoothie Recipe


This recipe serves: 1 
Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup stemmed, sliced strawberries
honey to taste

Cooking Instructions
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Calories 116
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Protein 6 g
Total Carbohydrate 25 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sodium 69 mg

Percent Calories from Fat 3%
Percent Calories from Protein 18%
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 79%
Make it Quicker: Use frozen strawberries, and partially thaw before blending.

Thank you Nellie

Roasted Eggplant Lasagna Recipe


This recipe serves: 8 
Preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
6 large eggplants, peeled and sliced into 1-inch thick rounds
salt to taste
1 pound lasagna noodles
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
3 cups basic tomato sauce, homemade, jarred or canned
freshly ground black pepper
2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 450F. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, toss the eggplant slices with a generous sprinkling of salt and let them drain in a collander for 30 minutes. Rinse the eggplant and pat the slices dry with paper towels. Arrange the eggplant in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Roast the eggplant in the oven for 45 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil and prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add the lasagna noodles to the boiling water and cook until they are just al dente. Drain and plunge the noodles into the ice water to cool them quickly. Drain again and lay the noodles out on paper towels.
4. Cover the bottom of a large baking dish that is at least 2 inches deep with a thin coat of tomato sauce. Line the dish with a single layer of lasagna noodles. Spread 1/3 of the sliced eggplant over the noodles and sprinkle the eggplant with a few tablespoons of breadcrumbs. Pour 1/2 cup of sauce over the eggplant, season with pepper and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
5. Repeat with 2 more layers of noodles, eggplant, breadcrumbs, sauce and mozzarella cheese.
6. Finish with a final layer of noodles and the remaining sauce, then sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
7. Lower the oven temperature to 350F. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the top of the lasagna is golden brown, about 5 minutes more. Let stand for at least 15 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 piece
Calories 327
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Protein 21 g
Total Carbohydrate 49 g
Dietary Fiber 12 g
Sodium 478 mg
Percent Calories from Fat 21%
Percent Calories from Protein 24%
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 55%

Thank you Nellie

Steve Raichlen's Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe


This recipe serves: 12 
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes

Ingredients
1/4 cup Marsala wine, or other sweet wine
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 pound low-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
2 pounds low-fat ricotta cheese
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
5 egg whites
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup diced candied orange peel, lemon peel, or a mixture of both
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Cooking Instructions
1. Pour the Marsala over the raisins in a small bowl and let soak until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain well.
2. Preheat the oven to 350F. (The rack should be set in the upper third of the oven.) Bring 1 quart water to a boil. Wrap a piece of foil around the bottom and sides of the springform pan. (This prevents water from leaking in.)
3. Puree the ricotta in the food processor, scraping down the sides several times. Add the cream cheese and puree until smooth. Add the sugar, 2 tablespoons of the flour, and salt and puree. Add the eggs, egg whites, lemon and orange zest, and vanilla and puree. Toss the raisins and candied orange peel with the remaining 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl. Add the raisins, candied peel, and pine nuts to the batter and run the machine in short bursts to mix. (Do not puree: you want these ingredients to remain whole.) Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Tap the pan a few times on the work counter to knock out any bubbles.
4. Set the springform pan in a roasting pan in the oven. Add 1 inch boiling water to the roasting pan and bake the cheesecake until set, 40 to 60 minutes. To test for doneness, gently poke the side when the top no longer jiggles, the cheesecake is cooked. Another test: an inserted skewer will come out clean when the cheesecake is cooked. Do not overcook or the cheesecake will become watery.
5. Transfer the cheesecake to a cake rack to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold. To serve, run the tip of a small knife around the inside of the pan. Unfasten the sides. Cut into wedges for serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 slice
Calories 340
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Protein 19 g
Total Carbohydrate 35 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sodium 224 mg
Percent Calories from Fat 34%
Percent Calories from Protein 23%
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate 42%

Make it Lower Fat: Use fat-free ricotta cheese and substitute 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of egg substitute for the 2 eggs and 5 egg whites. This lowers the fat to 5.6 grams and the saturated fat to 1.7 grams.

Thank you Nellie

Garbage Pizza

1 ready made 11x9 pizza shell
1/4 c. spaghetti sauce
1 sm. onion, sliced thin
1/4 c. black olives, sliced thin
1/4 c. green olives, sliced thin
1/4 lb. sliced pepperoni
1/4 lb. thinly sliced ham
1/4 c. shredded American cheese
1/4 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic salt


Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Spread evenly over pizza shell. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown

Thank you LFShaw 

Trash Can Soup

There are many variations to this type of soup. It's a great way to get rid of odds and ends in the pantry/fridge/freezer. This recipe makes quite a bit...probably about 10 servings. I like to freeze the extra for later.

2 lbs. ground beef
3 cloves of garlic minced
Two 32 oz. containers of Swanson Beef Broth
Two 26.5 oz. cans of Hunts Garlic and Herb Spaghetti Sauce
One 16 oz. can Light Red Kidney Beans
One 16 oz. can Dark Red Kidney Beans
One 16 oz. can Black Beans
One 16 oz. can Lima Beans
2 lbs. frozen mixed veggies (carrots, corn, green beans)
1 lb. Cooked Gemellie Pasta (or whatever shape you desire)

In a large stock pot: Brown ground beef w/ minced garlic. Drain excess fat. Throw in beef broth, spaghetti sauce, canned beans and frozen veggies. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until veggies are done. Add pepper to taste.

Add pasta to each individual serving. I find that adding pasta to the soup makes the soup starchy and/or the noodles get soggy. Enjoy!!!

Thank you LFShaw

Healthy Eating

PeopleWithMS - Healthy Eating

Monday

7pm CST

8pm EST

5 pm PST

Healthy Eating 

'support group'

Healthy Eating support group has started. We added 3 pages to our web site. You can find a print out journal, recipes, and check out the exercise page. Please join Shelly and Norma in there weekly. Everyone needs extra support . Bring idea's! Join us in getting back on a positive way of eating. 

Submit recipes that will be posted 

Please email them to deb@durgin.net

click here

 

Rod's Music Shoppe

PeopleWithMS - Rod's Music Shoppe

Rockin' Rod's

Music

Shoppe

Some of you have met Rod, one of our Florida chatters. He has been also been known as our DJ ! He has a very large collection of music. Rod has offered to do his best to find any song you're looking for, and email it to you. He needs the obvious: Name of singer ! Name of song ! He's not a mind reader LOL !   You can email him your requests at:  LINGRAM1@TAMPABAY.RR.COM  

 

Crafts

PeopleWithMS - Crafts

CRAFTERS

Everyone will have a place to post there crafts so others can see them. This link will stay on our web site and also can be found on our links page. Click yarn ball for fall music, crafts, and more!

Click here for our chatters Craft's and more 

 

Judy is selling her dish cloths. They are made of cotton and she's selling them for $2.00 per towel plus shipping. It's a great deal! They last a real long time and make great gifts!! 

Email Judy for orders or questions judydionne@verizon.net

 

Busy Bees Nursery...Where Dreams Come True 

Hello. My name is Audrey and I am the artist here at Busy Bees Nursery. I have been creating these precious reborn babies for about 2 years, and I truly have a love for what I do. It is very rewarding, and I enjoy making people happy with my Reborn Babies! It is such a joy to create and reborn each baby, as they seem to develop their very own personalities and characteristics.

I am proud to say I am a Award 

Winner in RebornArtistry.com CONTACT ME: Audbug2410@aol.com.  

BusyBeesNursery...Where Dreams Come True:

 To post crafts EMAIL deb@durgin.net

Famous People

PeopleWithMS - Famous People
 
FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH MS PAGE   

We're making up a new Famous People Page and we need your input . . . .

So far, we have some semi-famous people.  Not really a lot, and not really terrifically famous.  Kind of a sad excuse for a list.  You're sure to know the name of one or more people that are way more famous.  Send us the name of any well known person with MS, and perhaps a one liner about them: PWMS@PeopleWithMS.com

 CLICK HEREFAMOUS  

 

 

Birthdays

PeopleWithMS - Birthdays
 

Linda's Birthday list!

 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE   

 If anyone wants to host a chat Birthday Party, we provide the room, we clean up! We all have birthdays, some have Anniversary's.  Help make a friend feel very important. We are all important in chat! Throw a surprise party for a chat buddy. Thank your best friend for being there for you! He or she deserves a party!

If your birthday is not on our list please tell Linda when in chat! Linda has been really helping with getting this all organized.

We will post 2 months at a time below!

Aileen March 11Th
DennisWW March13th
JolyRox Anniversary March 16h
Ruby Slippered One/Cindy March17th
CINDY March 19th
Bob Theisen March 23d
Norma April 7th
Kerri/KERRI14776 April7th
VanesR April 10th
DEBBIE APRIL 13TH
FancyStuff April 19th
RonB April 20th
Barry  April 27th

Thank you Linda!

 
 

 

Poems

PeopleWithMS - Poems


Check it out on our inspirational Poetry Pages

Please Email us with any poems you would like to share with us PWMS@peoplewithms.com

By Eileen Thoman

The pain is bad
The memory is going
The crooked walk i have
I still keep smiling because i can
Even on a day that is sad
I thank the Lord for every day
I can wake up to say
I love my life and what i have
For all that love me dispite my ways
He gave me the life
He thought i deserved
Which i was blessed in many ways
Though sickness and pain as slowed me down
The love in my heart will never faid


By Aissa
It's 3:00 am, I begin to think
of how unfair life can be
and why it had to be me..

A young 22 year old lies awake
wishing for her old life back
but she tries her best, to stay on track..

But it's so hard to understand
each day I'm in denial
of all these tribulations and trials..

I put myself down
asking God to help me out
crying, frustrated, then I begin to shout..

"It's not fair! It's not fair!"
in so much anger I say
I hate what I'm going through,
then I start to pray..

Please guide and bless me Lord
though I know there is no cure
trying to be optimistic, but it's so hard for sure..

I know I can defeat this battle
and life must go on
I've gone through worse
& I believe I'm very strong..

"I'm a fighter, I can do this!"
though I feel so much pain and sorrow
I lie down and rest again
and get ready for tomorrow..

Truth...
by UNKNOWN

I'm so tired of having the feeling of not being
"normal"

so here we go
you right
im right
im not a normal 22yr old female...
im fall an bust my ass
i talk funny an giggle about it
but it hurts cuz i know its is so much easier
for others to tell
IM NOT NORMAL...
i walk like ima drunk
an its when im sober...
i jump from convo to convo
cuz my brain has holes in it
i cry more
an im mean an blunt at times
cuz my "blunt" reader is ALL fucked up
i hate to be left alone..
Im scared of what life will bring..
or what it will take away
i wake up on the daily in crazy pain..
an i end up taking MADD meds for it...
YES i smoke WEED
NO idont give a fuck what ne..1 thinks about it
YES it helps
keeps my mind off all the pain
caused by the nerve damage from this
bull shyt i deal with on the dailey..

So yea we r all right.................

IM NOT NORMAL

what i am is

I AM TRUTH...

truth in the fact that you never know what you got till it gone!!!!
truth in the fact that life can be a bitch an scarey but WE can do it
truth in the fact that we all must start to chill out an LIVE

Rebeka

www.myspace.com/msstories

 

General Information

PeopleWithMS Newsletter 08-19-07

OUR MISSION

Our objective is to provide an informal, supportive site for people seeking on-line information about  Multiple Sclerosis.  We aren't doctors, we aren't experts.  We just live it everyday.  We formed this site to share what we have learned, provide a focal point for exchange of information,  and give back to the community. 

Support is a very big word when it comes to MS.  Doctors can only tell you so much during an office visit.  Leaving unanswered questions, concerns and issues.  People with any disease can often learn best from each other.  To this end we provide a chat forum to share information and suggestions, posting of the latest news, and links to authoritative sources of information. 

There are many informative sites out there.  Visit them all!  You can never have enough information.  We do not intend to compete with any other sites Like coffee shops, each has it's own unique atmosphere and clientele.  There can never be enough of them.  

Our chat is open for anything that has to do with MS. Some topics are not pleasant. But need to be talked about. If you have a problem, no matter what it is, chances are there is someone in chat that can help you. The one thing that PWMS will not accept is being laughed at for any MS problem. We expect all chatters to be considerate of others. 

We have appointed JolyRox Coordinator of RAs.  Our current list of room administrators is:  Norma, LFShaw,  Debby, Linda-NV, MS_Kitty70, JackIL, Aileen, Soporific, Pixie_Dust, Barry, and RubySlipperedOne, Sumo58! .  All host at scheduled times and frequently chat off-hosting hours as well.  They can help you if you need help. 

 

Chat Etiquette Reminder

Please make a point to welcome any new chatter that comes in our room. Introduce yourself.  Ask if there is anything special they want to ask about, know about.  Don't ignore the new chatter.  Offer them coffee and a muffin.  Make them feel at home.  Don't keep chattering about peripheral MS stuff with others, or off-topic stuff.

Just keep in mind the one rule we have:  nobody gets to play Doctor in chat.  What we mean by that is;  don't go diagnosing chatters ailments or recommending medications.  Share your experiences, and what any of the drugs have done for you.  Don't encourage the idea that any medication is a miracle cure. Or dismiss any, or all, medicines as doing nothing.   Even the well known medications have a wide range of effectiveness.  The effectiveness of non-traditional and alternative medicines is even less certain.  So talk about your experiences, factual studies and medical trials.  Offer your opinions with care, and never recommend.  Third hand medical testimonials from a friend of your auto mechanic's wife aren't welcome, unless they are really funny.

Also keep in mind that Laws and Health Care options also vary widely both within countries and across the globe.  So be sensitive to the personal situations and tribulations chatters face.  Don't rub in how great things are for you. 

Between the laughs, a serious note:  We are a support chat. With that said, we can only help by listening; none of us are professionals. In our years of chatting with MSers online, one of the most common problems is depression.  This is a very serious problem. We do feel sometimes just being a good friend, listening, and kidding around can help. And sometimes is just the right thing to turn the a bad mood around.  But when things just don't appear to be getting any better in a reasonable amount of time, and chat is just a temporary fix, it is time to get professional help. Many times it's as simple as a medication change.  Or something else.

I have not told many, but when my daughter was dx'd 12 years ago, I had to learn as much as I could. I wanted to know what is the worst case scenario, and what is the best with MS.  What courses could it take? How likely one versus the other? I wanted no more surprises.  Having my one and only daughter dx'd with MS was enough of a surprise. I went to Gaylord Rehab for a very long seminar on MS. It was the mental problems that really got most in a lot of troubles, because they were not ever taken seriously. I have seen this many times in my years online.  If you see someone in chat that seems headed down this road, try to cheer them up, focus on the positive, and give them some suggestions. If they come back just as bad off, try again.  If they keep coming back, let them know that they might be in need of some support beyond what any of us can provide in chat.  

So, About Our Chat:  We try to maintain a positive, upbeat attitude.  We may have MS, but MS doesn't have us.  It's not the focal point of our existence, it's just one part.  So if there's a problem, no need to moan and groan - it just needs solving.  Go over it, around it, blow it up, or joke about it.  We won't ignore somebody's problem because it's gross, unseemly, or offends somebody else's sensibilities.  We'll help figure out a solution.  If somebody want's to wallow in their problem, we're not going to be too sympathetic.  

Don't feel bad if you visit our chat and don't like things:  The folks in it, what's talked about, the limited avatars and emoticons, the sounds, or anything else.  We don't have room for every MSer in the universe, and don't claim to cater to every taste.  If you want something different,  we encourage you to search out another chat room.  There are chats for those that want to wallow in pity, moan and groan. sing songs on a voice chats, fantasy-date, or do whatever comes after that on web cam chats. If you don't find what you need, or think you can do better, we encourage you to go buy your own web server, start your own website, and run your own chat to cater to that unmet need.  Please let us know about your site and chat, so we can direct any like-minded folks your way.


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