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PeopleWithMS - Intro
Special Events Nights are going on vacation for the month of June.

However, if anyone wants to start an informal or mini Trivia game feel free to use the Trivia room. We even created a formatting guide; 
Trivia Formatting How-To Page.  The same idea with Woman's Chat room and Happy Hour Chat. Just spread the word ahead of time among your friends and co-conspirators. 

PWMS has made some changes. As we grow, it takes much more help. We have asked Aileen to help out with Room Admins and
Dom54 with Hosting. We want to thank all who have donated their time to hosting. It has helped so much!  Please, if you have just 2 hours a week, donate the time to host. It takes only a little to help the newcomer get comfortable in chat.  And to be here for your chat friends, as they are here for you.

Be sensitive to our chatter's visual needs - please use CAPS at all times and DARK FONT. Neon and light colors look cool, but nobody else can read them easily.  New users can also changing the font and font size on their own monitor using in-chat settings to make a big difference.  Make sure to mention these options ! ! !

Late Nighters   There has been a lot more late night chat action even to 3 -4 AM EST.  And early bird in at  6-7 AM.  So join us whenever you are up !  The sleep fairy has been cutting back on the flyby activity due to the economic downturn.  Some of our homes are only being visited every-other-night, others not at all  ! ! !


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Coordinators of Room Administrators

Linda-NV & AILEEN are coordinating all Room Administrators Please contact them with any problems. They may make some suggestions about how to be a more effective Room Administrator. Work with them they have some very good ideas. We need Team work! They will help with anything she can when it comes to helping others in chat.  


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Chat Host Coordinator's!

Norma & Dom are coordinating chats.  Please contact them 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 one of them know what choose! 

Norma's email is  Dom's is



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.

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PeopleWithMS - Stories and Pictures

Hi my name is Robin. I have 2 boys one who is 23 and the other 16. Both are joys in my life. They are into music and the performing arts. My oldest just graduated in Musical Theatre Performance and we are waiting to find out if he gets an agent. My youngest sings and is Drum Major for the Marching Band at his High School. He plans to go to school for History and possibly teach. Mike and I have been married 26 years this year. I started this journey about 2 years ago in 2007 when my vision started getting blurry and double. I saw the eye doctor who ordered the 1st MRI. I was seeing a PMR doc at the same time for Fibromyalgia and had the report sent to him too. Eye doc said I needed to see a neurologist. PMR had already set up the appt the week before when he saw the report. I still don’t have a conclusive diagnosis yet even with all of the testing they have done for other health problems to make sure if it is or isn’t MS. (more )

Hi everyone, my name is Belinda (Wilbelle in chat) I live in rural Indiana. I am 40 yrs old, married to my best friend William, and have two terrific daughters, 19 & 16, who make me proud every day. On Sunday February 25, 2007 I awoke with a gray smudge on my left eye, thinking it was nothing I chose to ignore it and went about my day. I didn’t have any pain or real problem with it, I just couldn’t see clearly out of that eye, I was certain it was probably some kind of infection and would clear up in a day or two. I told my husband about it that night insisting that it was nothing to worry about, he mentioned it to his mother the next day and Monday night my mother-in-law called me and convinced me that I should get it checked out. I called my regular optometrist to make an appointment for later in the week (when it would be convenient), when I explained what I was experiencing he said it could be something serious and wanted me to come in right away. When I got there he said it might be a detached retina and sent me to an ophthalmologist right then. Even at this point I didn’t think it was all that serious, I had my mom go with me because I figured they would dilate my eyes and I didn’t want to drive afterward. The doctor that I was sent to diagnosed Optic Neuritis and sent me to have an MRI that very day. Next day he called to tell me the MRI showed markers of MS and he referred me to a neurologist. My neurologist ordered several labs and explained the various mimickers of MS and sent me home to await the verdict. April 10, 2007 the diagnosis was official and the roller coaster began its decent!  (more )

WCGirl Gets Hitched  ! ! !

Hi I am Diane Walters a.k.a. wcgirl. I am 41 yrs. young live in NJ & have SPMS that has paralyzed my body, but not my life.

I had lots of symptoms as a child & saw lots of specialists in N.Y.C. but never told anything. My exacerbation in ‘88 paralyzed my left side, my spinal fluid was negative & M.R.I. was thought to be a stroke. I recovered to walking with a straight cane in 6 months, it was a huge challenge but I honestly believe that “If God brings you to it, God will bring you through it.” In ’93 I had an exacerbation that paralyzed my right side.
I had given up on ever feeling whole as a person again until this past summer. I have been blessed with a very special man with whom I am thrilled to say I am engaged to. His name is Mark and no words can describe how much I love him or how good he is to me. 
  Diane  & Mark

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The Newest Project

This Should Be You

Just send your name, story, and photo along to:

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 ; 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.

Happy Hour

PeopleWithMS - Healthy Eating

Deena also known as Freena!


Happy Hour! Our hosts with the mostest! Deena & Boomer

Monday 8-9PM EST

Bring a joke relax have a drink start your week with fun! This will be held in our Happy Hour Room.



We want to give you all an invite.
To Boomers and Deenas Monday Happy Hour Night.
No subject within reason is taboo here.
Just a little warning now to beware.
Come on in, come on have no care.
And this really is no joke.
We aim to give your week a big poke.
To give you the right attitude.
So you can master all that you must do.


Boomer also known as Bloomer!


Tuesday & Thursday Night Trivia

PeopleWithMS - Trivia Night

Tuesday & Thursday Night Trivia in the PeopleWithMS Chat


While Organized Trivia is on vacation, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE FUN IS OVER: 

You can leave your own trivia questions and answers for others.  It's easy, and here's how with our:

Trivia Formatting How-To Page

Feel Free to set up your own Trivia Match for any Tuesday or Thursday Night.  Just announce it ahead of time in the Trivia Room and Lobby

In the event large, unruly throngs of chatters congregate in the trivia room at the regular times, a game might spontaneously occur.  No guarantees. . . .

Womens & Mens Wednesday Nights

PeopleWithMS - Women's & Men's Chat Night


Please welcome our woman's night host

 Woman's night & Men's night! 


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

Come on bring a Topic! Some weeks we have a guest speaker!

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 Aileen! 

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

Friday Night Music Trivia

PeopleWithMS -Games





Friday nights at  8PM - 9PM

Join Linda and Aileen for a fun filled Hour of Music Trivia !

While Organized Trivia is on vacation, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE FUN IS OVER

You can leave your own trivia questions and answers for others.  It's easy, and here's how with our:

Feel Free to set up your own Trivia Match for a Friday Night.  Just announce it ahead of time in the Trivia Room and Lobby

In the event large, unruly throngs of chatters congregate in the trivia room at the regular times, a game might spontaneously occur.  No guarantees. . . .

Saturday Prayer Chat

PeopleWithMS -ChurchChat
BobbyGene & Lady Di Prayer & Support Chat

Saturday  8 pm EST  - 7pm CST  -  5 pm PST

Please join BobbyGene and Lady Di on Saturday Nights


BobbyGene has pastoral training with the Assembly of God and has offered to host a chat broadly oriented towards prayer as a support method.  As he has stated, "In my training I've had to learn the in's and outs of many various religions and I believe we could keep the focus on support and prayer when needed."  

We are providing a special interest room for those interested in prayer of whatever fashion, and focussed discussion of prayer as a support mechanism by those so inclined.

Please seek other forums for spirited theological debates


PeopleWithMS - Recipes
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Check out all of the recipes on our web site that chatters have shared with us  
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Healthy Eating 



Please Email us with any recipes you would like to share with us 
Your scruptious or silly recipe could appear right here . . . . . just email to



Awesome Pasta Salad


8 oz. Penne or Mostaciolli pasta

¾ c  vinegar

1 c  sugar

1 c  water

2-3 cucumbers peeled and sliced

1 medium onion sliced

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp garlic powder (OR garlic salt)

1 TBSP dried parsley flakes

1 TBSP honey mustard


Mix together, chill for at least 4 hours




1 pound powdered milk  (6 2/3 cups)

1 pound powdered sugar – sifted

1 pound Nestle Quick chocolate drink powder

8 to 11 ounces powdered coffee creamer


Mix and store in a large airtight container

To serve: Add ¼ cup mix to 1 cup hot water (or to taste)

Stir well



Shrimp Cheese Ball


8 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 tsp dehydrated onion flakes

1 5oz. can small shrimp

1 bottle of shrimp cocktail sauce


Mix first three ingredients and shape into a ball. Refrigerate for several hours

When ready to serve, pour cocktail sauce over the top of cheese ball.

Serve with your favorite crackers.





½ cup barbecue sauce – any variety

¼ cup grape jelly (or any fruit jam)

1 tsp Tabasco sauce (or use Louisiana Red hot sauce)

1 tsp horseradish   

1 one pound pork tenderloin

Salt and Pepper to season


Use more or less horseradish and Tabasco, to your taste

Put tenderloin in crockpot, season with salt and pepper. Mix first

Four ingredients together and cover tenderloin with sauce.

Cook in crockpot 8 hours on LOW or 6 hours on HIGH setting.





1 lb. ground beef

1½ cup chopped celery

1 medium onion chopped

1 can Cream of Chicken soup

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup

½ cup uncooked Minute Rice

1 small can or bag of Chow Mein noodles

1½ cup water

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

Brown onion, celery and ground beef. Then add soups, water, soy sauce

And rice. Place in casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Then lower temp to 300 and sprinkle the Chow Mein noodles over the

Top and bake 30 minutes more.




1 large onion diced

2 garlic cloves      Brown these in a little olive oil

Add 1  1lb. can of tomatoes

2       6oz cans of tomato paste

3       Cups water

2        tsp. oregano

2        heaping TBSP sugar

1        bay leaf

1        tsp. anise seed (I grind it to powder in my coffee grinder)


Combine all ingredients and simmer from 30 minutes to an hour. Discard bay

Leaf before serving.



4 medium onions chopped

3 small garlic cloves

3 TBSP oil

4  29 oz. cans of tomatoes

4   6 oz. cans of tomato paste

3   TBSP. sugar

4   tsp. oregano

1   TBSP anise seed (I grind it to powder in my coffee grinder)

2   bay leaves


In large kettle over medium heat, in hot oil, cook onions and garlic till

Browned, then discard garlic. Add remaining ingredients and stir.

Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 2 hours. Discard bay leaves

Before serving


Flower pot dirt cake

1 pkg Oreo type cookies

1 pkg 8 oz cream cheese, softened

4 TBSP butter or margarine softened

1 cup powdered sugar

2 pkgs 3.4 oz each instant vanilla pudding mix

3 ½ cups of cold milk

1 carton (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Candy gummy worms

Silk flowers== new please….   New plastic flower pot medium size


In a food processor or blender, crush cookies until fine. Set aside. In a

Mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar until smooth.

In another bowl, mix pudding and milk until well blended. Fold into cream cheese

Mixture. Fold in whipped topping. Line new flower pot with foil. Alternate

Layers of crumbs and pudding mixture ending with crumbs on top. Chill several

Hours or overnight. Decorate with silk flowers and gummy worms. Yield: 12



This is fun to do for family parties, the little kids love this !!





½ cup butter or margarine

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

2/3 cup milk

Pinch of salt

2-3 cups fruit or berries drained

Cinnamon—if using apples, peaches or pears as filling

Whipped cream


Melt the butter in a 9 inch square baking pan. In a small bowl, mix

Together all of the dry ingredients and the milk. Stir until smooth.

Pour the batter mixture over the melted butter. DO NOT STIR!!

Add the drained fruit. DO NOT STIR. If using apples, peaches or pears,

Sprinkle cinnamon over fruit generously. Bake on 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Serve with blob of whipped cream.





1 cup flour

¾ cup white sugar

2 TBSP cocoa

2 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

½ cup of milk

2 TBSP salad oil

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1 cup brown sugar

¼ cup cocoa

1 ¾ cup HOT tap water

1 gallon ice cream


Heat oven to 350 degrees, In ungreased 9x9 inch baking pan, stir together

flour, white sugar, 2TBSP cocoa, baking powder and salt. Mix in milk, oil

and vanilla with fork until smooth. Stir in nuts (if used), and spread evenly

in pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and ¼ cup cocoa. Pour hot water over

batter. Bake 40 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes. Spoon into dishes, or cut in

squares. Invert each square onto dessert plate. Top with ice cream and

spoon warm sauce on bottom of pan over each serving. Makes 9 servings.


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PeopleWithMS - Birthdays

Birthday Clock

Off-Site Link in Pop-Up Window



It tells you how many hours and how many seconds you have been alive on this earth and when you were probably conceived. How cool is that? This is cool. After you've finished reading the info, click again, and see what the moon looked like the night you were born. This is neat. Who says our time clocks aren't ticking.... 

Click this: 
Your Birthday Clock 


Linda's Birthday list!


 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!

FancyStuff April 19th
Shelly April 19th
RonB April 20th
Barry  April 27th
ROD May 11th
JAMES62 May 11th
May 23d
Kathie May 30th
Debby June 5th
LADY/Marlene June 9th
Kerri? KERRI 4776  Anniversary June 20th
Sumo's Dawg June 27th
LinnAnn50 July 1st
Dennis Anniversary July 7th
Lonewolf aka Bill July 10th
Gailpooh MN July 15th
July 17th
Sumo's Sister July 17th
Steph July 20th
Game Junkie July 21st
Pitchmonke Anniversary July 22nd
BobbyGene July 23d
HappyHappy July 23d
PetsRUS6 Laurie July 26th
TruckersWife July 29th
Cfresque July 31st
Meredith August 8th
MS_Kitty70 August 11th
pitchmonke August 17th
Gutless Anniversary August 22nd
firecat's Anniversary August 23d

Thank you Linda!



HeadsUp !

PeopleWithMS - Heads Up ! ! !
Vickie aka Torri is selling Avon, Tupperware, Candles.
If you need something along this line, click on an image below to help her out....
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Check Out Mike's Youtube PeopleWithMS VideoOur very own Late Night Mike has created his own special version of a PeopleWithMS Video on Youtube.  Click the image to the left to hop on over and check it out ! ! ! 

Download the PeopleWithMS VideoLinda-NV has created a fantastic new video featuring many of your favorite PeopleWithMS chatters.  Download the video to see all your friends in action at:

(To save, right click the link and " Save As " to put it in some memorable place like your ' My Received Files ' folder.  If your computer, at that moment, helpfully offers the choice to 'Save or Open', you can probably open it with a program like Windows Media Player, Real Player, or something similar and play the video directly.  If you want to save it for posterity, open whatever program you have that can play videos, and navigate to your Documents & Settings, My Documents, My Received Files folder to play the video you saved.)


PeopleWithMS - Poems

Check it out on our inspirational Poetry Pages

Please Email us with any poems you would like to share with us


Make believe
two years ten dates
a hand shake and a kiss on the cheek

Fools gold
her next phone call
thoughts that tomorrow might be different

Eternal optimist
makes believe fools gold
might fill a lonely mans heart

And tonight again
A prayer is made
Yes this fool believes

And smiles knowing
certain for sure as tomorrows light
dreams will live her gentle kiss is but a moment away 



Puzzling predicament
How this passionate pursuit
unveils secrets which invariably change
the rules of the game

As we now can explain
with much greater detail;
whats possibly happening
at least we think so....... sort of

Of course we're not quite sure
Why it happens
in whom it will happen
Forget about where it's headed

But we've probably moved closer    though
The paradigms best friend remains serendipity
or maybe her name is just  pure luck
 Oh LORDE the confounding mysteries of success  



No doubt reasonably certain
like that promise of tomorrows sunny day
Or maybe till death do us part

For that map which I've followed
the pre GPS version?
Has led to  places I'd rather not known

Moments on this journey
I certainly cherish  porque no
Tomorrows still an adventure I dream of

But while I'd rather not
why complain after all
ever take half an hour to put one sock on?

And after all didn't he say
We were born to run
Well maybe after you help me put my shoes on

 Until then I'll keep rollin ahead
uphill round the bend and I still believe she's waiting
 and I'll walk over to hold her   so tight so close

That moment that kiss
may I find my way



Won't make up it's mind
Like early Spring in New York
Snapping back and forth

Was comfortable it had arrived
After all got change by myself
But God knows I'll be fooled again

Still remain steadfast though
eternally optimistic
Only wanna get round the block

I'm lying of course
need to be strong enough
to chase and achieve my dreams

Those goals who now seem
so out of reach
But determined I'll step up to the plate again

It's a strange experience
when sunshine's at its discretion
hour to hour you can then you can't

I wait as they solve my puzzle
Always certain their closing in
May serendipity lead to tomorrows good news


Can I find that piece
that fits just right
it must complement accentuate
that space which desperately needs to be filled

For that emptiness
which I've successfully hidden
occupies a place
whose shape requires a perfect fit

For its inside a world
which might other wise
seem sad and uninviting
I wait for that special piece to fill  this place

I await the day I will show off each
corner and cubby hole
each filled with the song I've so longed to sing
as we are  so perfectly flowing together


General Information

PeopleWithMS Newsletter 08-19-07


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 Linda-NV & Aileen as the RA Coordinators. Our current list of room administrators is: Aileen, Bette42, Cookie, Debby, Linda-NV,  Norma, Soporific, BobbyGene, Dom54, JackIL, and 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.  Don't just be a bump on a log!  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, or off-topic stuff, and ignore a newcomer.

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.

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.  

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