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March 31, 2007

Chat Schedule Stories and Pictures
MS DownUnder ChatStar
MSGroup4You Birthdays
MS Canada Famous People
Healthy Eating Poems
Recipes Rod's Music Shoppe

PWMS Chat Update:

We are happy to announce that Rockin' Rod is hosting the early morning coffee chat Saturday's from 8 to 10 am Eastern Standard Time!  Nancy is in on Monday's & Friday's from 9 to 11 am EST.  RonB does the Wednesday morning shift from 9 to 11 am EST.  (PLUS:  RonB is our SINGLE chatter and is in chat most of the day on Wednesday hint hint hint LOL. We will be updating the chat schedule to identify which day(s), as we have changes during the week, so please check back often.  Grab your coffee & danish and join our hosts.  If you are an early-bird, consider volunteering to host or co-host some morning during the week while you smell the coffee.
West Coast Night Owls - Kanga's Aussie chats fit right into the Rocky Mountain & West Coast night shift.  An ideal chance for you to volunteer to co-host some nights with Kanga. We are very happy to welcome Snowdogs, also from Victoria ! She plans to host some of the Aussie-time chats, as well!

We also want to thank the many others who helping out by hosting, with their presence, or behind the scenes help.  

GrannyBJ (Betty) recently switched over to a new Apple MacIntosh.  And has absolutely no trouble getting into chat.  I cajoled her into writing up a story on her iMac system, to assure our chatters that an iMac is most certainly capable of getting into chat, without any special problems.

In fact, most of us would count ourselves lucky to have such a nice machine !

Click Here to jump to the full Chat Schedule Page  
It is always the final word on who's hosting, when ! 




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

Stories and Pictures

PhilNE My name is Phil Harris, better know as PhilNE in the chatroom. I was born and raised in Nebraska, near the center of the United States. The State abbreviation of Nebraska is NE, hence PhilNE.

Many things have happen to me over the past 50+ years that I recall of my life. I have done many things with failures and successes, even started over from scratch a few times. I left college my first year, married and began to raise a family. Perhaps due to job failures among other things, the marriage didn't last, and I found myself raising two young children as a single father. (Lots More)

I had my first bad ms attack August of 1993. Had a pain in my head for three days and I went blind while driving!  I was dx'd 10 years later with r/r ms. I take Betaseron and try to stay positive." Hope" is the word I carry with me always. I am married and have two grown children. I live in Tennessee. Have all my life. I don't eat grits! I try to stay active. With my body and mind. I am very out going and have to watch that I don't do too much. I'm afraid if I don't use it I'll lose it. I love nature and try to be outside most times. If it's not too hot! I do crafts and make crystal bracelets. 

I have a little shelty named Richochet. He is my shadow. I love love people and love to talk. I love chocolate! And eat it as often as I can.  (more )


still no picture, but a poem added to her page !

Hello!, My name is Sue...

I am almost 59 June 14 (Flag Day, yeah). I was Dx'd in 2005, December, I thought I was just not aging well, and kept putting off going to the doctor. She said we are sending you to a Neurologist, I think you have MS. Didn't know anything about it. After all the test and MRI's he said, no doubt it is MS. Primary Progressive. I started treatment with the understanding we are just trying to hold it back. (more)


Click Here to go to Norma's MS Walk PageJack has sent in another great set of pictures of his niece and nephew.  Priceless !  Check 'em out
This Could Be You !

This could be you

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

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



This Week's Chat Star



My name is Phil Harris, better know as PhilNE in the chatroom. I was born and raised in Nebraska, near the center of the United States. The State abbreviation of Nebraska is NE, hence PhilNE.

Many things have happen to me over the past 50+ years that I recall of my life. I have done many things with failures and successes, even started over from scratch a few times. I left college my first year, married and began to raise a family. Perhaps due to job failures among other things, the marriage didn't last, and I found myself raising two young children as a single father. (Lots More)





Upcoming Birthday:  

PeopleWithMS - Birthdays, Anniversaries, Etc.

Who will be next ?
Norma April 7 TH
Debbie  April 13 TH
RonB April 20 TH


 * * * We need someone to keep track of our chatters Birthday's.  * * * 

If anyone wants to host a chat Birthday Party, we provide the room, we clean up! We will send out invitations. 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!

Book a room and tables for your ' Surprise ' Birthday party while there's still time by e-mailing



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 (like 'World Renowned Chia Rancher ' )


Click Here 

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our new chat

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Click Here to go to Discussion Boardto enter 

our new chat

 Preface . . . 


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. 

Those Darned &)$&($)*$#)! !! !!! Flashing Avatars!

If those flashing avatars and emoticons bother you, you can easily turn them off.  Just move your mouse cursor up into gray chat text area and right click your mouse to display a pop up menu.  In middle of the menu are two lines with check-boxes for "Show Avatars" and "Show Emoticons."  Uncheck the boxes, and the flashing will stop.

Chat Coordinator!

Norma is coordinating all chats please contact her for any changes. All you have to do is look below and find a place that fits  when hosting is good for you. Just let her know what you choose! 

Chat Hosting Schedule 

The Chat Schedule has been revised to shows times, time zones, and even the day of the week when chatters have volunteered to host chat on a regular basis.  This makes a chat more successful; people knowing there is someone available to provide support at dependable, specific local times.  

Click Here to jump to the full Chat Schedule Page  
It is always the final word on who's hosting, when ! 

Following is just a sample showing the chat times in major time zones and across days (the different colos)

North America



Down Under


Mountain Central Eastern London Western Central Eastern
8.00 7.00 6.00 5.00 0 8.00 9.00 10.00
4:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 12:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM  
Deb & MrRED   5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 1:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM   Deb & MrRED
Deb & MrRED   6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 2:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM   Deb & MrRED
Kanga   7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 3:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 1:00 PM   Kanga
Kanga   8:00 PM 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 4:00 AM 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM   Kanga

Contact us at if you'd like to host on a regular basis. 


PWMS & MSGROUP4YOU working together :)

Many of you have met Marlene in chat she has a  MSN group! She is supporting our chat by having all members use our chat room. Please support her MSN group. You can have your own mailbox and have some real fun. They have a message board, and more. Check it out, please. Oh, and of course, FANCY NANCY is helping her set things up in that very special FANCY Nancy way.


Please sign up today !  

PWMS Welcomes MSer's from all over

MS DownUnder

MS Downunder

Wayno has returned from his exotic cruise in the South Pacific this week.  He ought to have some great sea and sand stories to share over the next few nights.  

Mentioning Stuff

This upcoming week will see the latest online edition of Kanga's Australian Newsletter, Mentioning Stuff. Thank you so much for your hard work. It's a great Newsletter Kanga! You will all be seeing Kanga more in chat. You can read it here

This is the week we've started on the OzLinks page.  If you have any favorite links to resources, now's the time to mention it. . . Post us at 
Wayno and Kanga are going to start organizing and advertising some Down-Under chats fitting the topsy-turvy times.  Their Mid-Day chats are going to pretty much continue right along towards the end of our evening chats.  So hang around chat a bit on those nights to help Kanga and Wayno welcome newcomers.

MS Canada

If you are interested in lending a hand on starting a Canadian Newsletter, let us know.  Or let us know where you have seen information we should add to help us build up the Canadian portion of the web site. 

PeopleWithMS - Canada






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  You can also meet Rod in a early AM chat on Saturday's!!!  Check times!


One of our chatters is making MS Bracelets of Hope.  She is selling them and donating part of the proceeds to the MS Society.  I have to say, they are the very best I have ever seen.  Excellent quality sterling silver with Swarovski crystals.  The Women's one is shown to the left.  The Men's one is sterling silver with wooden beads.  She has started a web site   If her web site is down you can email her at 


Inspirational pages called thePoetry Pages Click Here to go to Discussion Board

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


Our Wednesday evening > Healthy Eating support group has started out so well  that we added 3 pages to our web site, and more to the pages. You can find a print out journal, recipes, and check out the exercise page. 

click here

 We will meet every Wednesday evening - check below for your local time 



Click here

for Recipes


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

Healthy Eating 



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


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 Norma, Marlene, JeffS, JackIL, PhilNE, Kanga, and Wayne room administrators. They have been using the chat. They walked through the set up with us. They can help you if you need help. 



Jeffs is taking the helm in a bold new daily news effort for PeopleWithMS.  Jeffs energy in researching, digging, and news follow-up is amazing.  Soon to be legendary.  

We re-engineered the portion of the site to provide an easily accessible, comprehensive posting of all the news out there to be found.  If you find something new that isn't yet listed, send the link along to

The latest news is just a couple of clicks away, and includes our own 

Customed search engine  ! ! !

(can't wait ?  click the logo for a sneak peek )

 If anyone has anything they think ought to be added to the weekly news letter, please email me at

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