January 23, 2005

What's new in chat ?

Red and I would love to be in chat 24/7,  however we need some "us time." We will not be in chat as much as we have been.  But as long as the room is being used we will keep it. If it stops being used we will shut it. It makes no sense to pay for a room when no one uses it. Please make use of  the room - continue hosting as always. We have many RA's who can keep it going and growing. If you need to make any changes, email us.  Any suggestions on how to keep PWMS going and growing?

PeopleWithMS wants to welcome new chatters Zzipman (story below ) from Calgary, and Gwennie from Ontario.  

Betty has helped us again, with her struggle asking chatters birthdays, the month and year. This was so we could list our chatter's Birthdays every month. Thank you again, Betty!

Muff has found someone to work on her computer in NV.  She should be back online as soon as they install the new mother board we sent her.

Applebasic is back hosting. Please welcome her back and join her. Apple joined us when we opened chat over one year ago, Because of computer problems and health problems, she was not able to host for awhile. She's back, and with her dancing apple! And we look forward to meeting her husband  soon!Hosting Schedule !

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A cannabis-based medicine for multiple sclerosis sufferers could be available on prescription in Britain by the summer, according to its manufacturer.  Cannabis MS drug 'available soon'

(CNN) -- Comedian Jonathan Katz has been making audiences laugh for many years by creating and starring in shows like "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist." Comedian turns multiple sclerosis into a laughing matter

Check to see what clinical trials are going on near you. Clinical Trials: Multiple Sclerosis

More Stem Cell information:  Stem Cells hopes lure many abroad.

Multiple Sclerosis - 2004 Summary of Research Progress. The year of 2004 saw rapid research progress in the fields of science and medicine that impact our understanding of the unpredictable neurological disease of multiple sclerosis.MS year end review

Biogen Idec and Elan Announce Head-to-Head Study Comparing Safety and Efficacy of TYSABRI-R- to Rebif-R- Comparing Tysabri to Rebif

Some breakthrough news that will help researchers find help for MSers

Researchers at Cambridge and Harvard Universities have discovered a gene called Olig 1 can stimulate the re-growth of myelin.  

MS damage repair mechanism found

Please help us remember to ask all chatters to sign the guest book.  It's our only way of sending them our weekly news letter. 

We need pictures and stories of our new chatters. It helps new MSer's to see that they can do it also. It helps to know your not alone. So please help others - we need your pictures and stories. They can be emailed to .

If anyone has any ideas on hosting daily or nightly Topic chats please contact us at 

Chat Hosting Schedule

Our revised schedule can be always be found via the schedule link on the chat login page. Keep in mind people come and go for month's at a time without notice we can only update  when we are given notice.

We will keep it updated as soon as we get any change's. Hosting Schedule !

Keep in mind our chat is always open. Guests are welcome anytime of day or night. 

If you come in and one of our hosts or chatters is there, say Hi ! If it says AFK next to their name this means they are away from their keyboard. Please wait, they could be away for many reasons. Like getting coffee. Please be patient, they do return as soon as AFK next to their name this means they are away from their keyboard. Please wait, they could be away for many reasons. Like getting coffee. Please be patient, they do return as soon as possible.  

If you have any interest in hosting please contact us at 

Preface . . . 


Happy Birthday !


Happy Birthday >Eddie January 2nd

Happy Birthday > Paul  January 12th

Happy Birthday > Steve January 26th

New Stories and Pictures



Hi I'm a 48/m/ live in Calgary Alberta, Canada I have RR ms I hate MS but it has become part of my everyday life so I try stay positive for my self and of coarse to others we are our strength

I'm Married with one 17 year old daughter I work full time I have bad days I do not take any meds anymore I see a Nero once a year I do light weight lifting I used to ski ride bicycle but MS stopped that so I try keep active as I can

I'm new to this room and already met great people so I guess you'll have to put up with me lol  (more )





Your name, story, and photo in the spotlight, right here in our weekly newsletter.  Just send it along to:

People like to read other stories about MS and dealing with the Every day 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  


Beef Cabbage Soup

1/2 head of cabbage, chopped
1 large onion , chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
3 to 4 tbsp. rice or rinsed pearl barley
2 celery ribs ,sliced thin.. add the celery leaves if you like.
1 tsp. garlic powder
fresh grated black pepper
3 cups beef broth ( can use bouillon or cubes and water)
2 meaty soup bones or beef shanks ( about one pound)
2 cans Italian style tomatoes ( 14 oz) or one large 28 oz. can
dash of Worcester sauce.

Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker ( you can mash the tomatoes if desired) Cover and cook for 8 to 10 hours on LOW. 

If desired you can add fresh chopped parsley and grated parmesan cheese before serving.

Thank you Lesley!

Asparagus Soup

2 lb. fresh asparagus, cut in 1" pieces
1 clove of pressed garlic
3 sliced leeks
4 thinly chopped green onions
3 tbsp. butter
1 finely diced red potato
4 cups of water 
2 vegetable, or chicken oxo cubes
1 tbsp. of soy sauce
1 cup of cream
2 tbsp. tarragon
2 tbsp. basil

Sauté vegetables in butter for 5 minutes. Add water and bouillon cubes , simmer for 5 minutes, Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 more minutes . Serve

Thank you Lesley


12 oz. Fresh Cranberries
2 Oranges, peeled
2 Red Delicious Apples

Chop first three ingredients in food chopper (pulsating is better). Chop finely, mix together. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar. Let stand 30 minutes. Then add,

1 cup Celery, chopped fine (by hand)
1 1/2 cups Red Grapes, chopped (by hand
1 cup Walnuts, chopped fine

Mix: 1 3 oz. pkg Raspberry jello
1 3 oz. pkg. Cherry jello
with 2 1/2 cups boiling water. Stir and cool before combining fruit.

Combine fruit mixture with jello mixture. Refrigerate overnight or approx. 24 hrs.



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Starting now we need to get some tips on computer issues. They will be put in the news letter for one week, then put on the links page of our web site so we can share with others.  Please email any tips you think may help others 

Our introductory section describes a few common on-line problems.  And presents three solutions which are reputable, well regarded, effective, and most importantly . . . >>>>> free <<<<<

In combination, they will prevent, or detect and remedy, a very considerable percentage of the headaches you will otherwise suffer.

If you can't afford these products . . . 

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News Sightings   Always check out the News Page for the latest, breaking news.

Every week we add new link sightings which may be of interest, as reported by our visitors.  This will highlight new links you may want to investigate, before they disappear into the obscurity of some huge link listing.  If you come across any site which you think may be of interest, please e-mail us with the site address and a brief description of what you found interesting on the site.  We'll include it in the next Newsletter.

New on the Website

Nothing this week.

*** We Need Your Help * * *

Helping Chatters Get Into Chat

People continue to have difficulties getting into Dreamchat.  Tell us in detail what you have to do to a firewall, anti-virus program, or Pop-Up blocker program in order to get in.  If you had to upgrade your Windows or Internet Explorer Service Pack, tell us from what, to what.  We will start a page devoted to all the different problems people have had, and how they have overcome them, as a resource page for new chatters.

*** One major trouble people have been running into recently is with their Internet Security & Firewall Programs.  Holding down the CONTROL key while entering seems to cure the problem.  So give it a whirl if you get stuck at the log-in page. *** 

DreamChat Trivia (repeated by popular demand)

  • New to Dreamchat and wondering how to make those neat little smileys and pictures in the text? Easy, here's the Cheat Sheet:

:) Smile   :* Kiss
:( Sad >-- Rose
;) Wink <love> Love
;} Wry <strobe> Strobe
:p Tongue <nuke> Nuke
:o Gasp <boom> Boom
:# Mad <star> Star
  • How do I copy and paste something?  Mark it as you usually would with the mouse.  Then use CTRL-C to copy it, and CTRL-v to paste it in the message window.

  • I'm a member.  I uploaded my avatar, and nothing happened.  What's up with that?  Even if your avatar is the specified 50 * 50 pixels, and no bigger than 15KB, there is no confirmation.  Apparently because DreamChat personnel review all permanent member's avatars to make sure they are acceptable.  (Whatever that means.)  If they are, they send back an approval in a day or so, and the next time you sign in, "poof" your new avatar appears.

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