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April 28, 2007

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

Trivia Night in the PeopleWithMS Chat


Marlene was the hostess for our first Trivial Chat this past Thursday.  It was a ripping success and a fine time was had by all.  MrRED was crowned as our resident 'Font of Irrelevant Knowledge' for this week's True and False category.  (The results were probably fixed)   Keep your eyes peeled for a new Trivia Room in the near future

PWMS Chat Update:

Kanga and Debby's Chat time-slot is growing night & day!   They are hosting the late-shift nightly chats starting at 10:00pm EST, Which are also the mid-day Aussie chats (from noon to 2pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday - Victoria Time)  We want to thank all those supporting from out west, in the Canadian midwest, and really way, way out west in Oz.
MS Downunder Snowdogs, also from the state of Victoria, downunder, is hosting Aussie-afternoon chats on Thursdays and Saturdays from 4 to 6 pm.  (That's an eye-opening 7am for the UK, and a perfect 11pm Wednesday and Friday for the West Coast Night Owls

Early-Bird Hosts:   Grab your coffee & danish and join our hosts!   Rod on Saturdays 8 to 10am.  Nancy on Monday's & Friday's from 9 to 11 am EST.   RonB on Wednesday from 9 to 11 am EST.  Blak on Thursdays from 9 to 11 am EST.  Tuesday morning is calling someone's name for hosting => and it's probably you !

We also want to thank the many others helping out just with their presence, interest, and behind the scenes help.  

Techie Tips for Chat

  Java Version 6 Update Update  

 Java SE Runtime Environment Version 6 , Update 1 

Those of you with your systems set to "Automatic Update" may have seen the notice of this new version.  

Marlene and Nancy have noted a slight problem with this new version:  The font color is stays black, even when changed.  Often people set their response colors to stand out in chat.  This seems a version specific difficulty.  

Deinstalling Version 6 simply resolves this, using Windows START - Settings - Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs.  Then re-install Java SE Runtime Environment 5, Update 10 to restore the colors.  Accept the License Agreement and pick either the online or offline version of the top item:  J2SE(TM) Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 10, from the Download Center

The new version in any other respect seems to work just fine with chat.  

Caveat:  You SHOULD NOT enable the Google Toolbar or Desktop for automatic installation with the upgrade.  

Nancy had a recent problem getting into chat. . .

Suddenly her computer didn't want to work in chat using Internet Explorer.  She'd log in, type a few characters, hit the spacebar, and lose everything, or poof-be-gone. None of the usual suspects (pop-ups, multiple copies of Java) seemed to be the cause.  

We installed as a chat-only browser, and had her in chat within a half hour.  

What's important to learn from this ?  Installing and using a different browser for chat and visiting "trusted sites" may avoid some of the complications of browser add-ons.  It's not difficult, and need not interfere with your regular usage of Internet Explorer, or another browser your ISP may have provided. 

Bigger Fonts, Fast Scrolling, and &)$&($)*$#)! !! !!! Flashing Avatars! &)$&($)*$#)! !! !!! Flashing Avatars!

Move your mouse cursor up into gray chat text area and right click your mouse to display a very useful pop up menu.  

  • Select a font face like Arial Black if you want to easily read everything.

  • Select a bigger font size

  • Rapid Scrolling chatter, caused partly by those big flashing images

is easily controlled by un-checking the avatars and emoticons items on this menu.

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.  

Reading the schedule is easy: Just find your local time zone on top and scroll down to the day of the week => 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.  

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

North America   



Down Under


Mountain Central Eastern London Western Central Eastern

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! 

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




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

Marlene is challenging anyone to match her donation!!

Steph has ( 2 ) new Rebif auto-injectors.  Contact if you are in need of one.

Stories and Pictures


I am married, will be 30 years this july. Have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. I had been having problems off and on for years but never connected any of it . In my teens (mid 60's) I started having severe dizzy spells in school all Drs said nothing wrong, perfectly healthy, so i just managed and continued with living.

In the late 90's I started having trouble with my hands and arms. Was dropping a lot of things and sometimes after work couldn't get arms to do anything but hang there, like they weren't getting message from brain. Went to neuro, who insisted it was carpal tunnel and kept giving me pain meds even though I told him I had no pain or numbness. He finally gave me trigger point injections in wrist, now I have pain! Which lasted a few months.  I never went back to him and refused to see another neuro. 
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My oldest son James just got his Black Belt 1st Degree in Self Defense. He has been taking classes for about a year and half. We are so proud of him. This is the kid that gave me most of my gray hair .... LOL. He is married to Lexi and they have my 2 grandbabies. Of course when he got his certicate he had to come by and show us and try out some new moves on his younger brother Raymond too. LOL they are a riot. I was able to snap up a few pics then. He takes his daughter Lyndia (we call her Dia) to class with him often and he teaches her some of the moves. We get such a big kick out her. Now, I am afraid when she goes to school she gona whip some little boy and lay him out for messing with her LOL. 

Oh isn't it wonderful to have children :)...

Click any photo to get the big picture ! ! !


  MSers Meeting MSers


Where's PhilNE & Shar ?

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


I am married, will be 30 years this july. Have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. I had been having problems off and on for years but never connected any of it . In my teens (mid 60's) I started having severe dizzy spells in school all Drs said nothing wrong, perfectly healthy, so i just managed and continued with living.

In the late 90's I started having trouble with my hands and arms. Was dropping a lot of things and sometimes after work couldn't get arms to do anything but hang there, like they weren't getting message from brain. Went to neuro, who insisted it was carpal tunnel and kept giving me pain meds even though I told him I had no pain or numbness. He finally gave me trigger point injections in wrist, now I have pain! Which lasted a few months.  I never went back to him and refused to see another neuro
(Much More )




Upcoming Birthday:  

PeopleWithMS - Birthdays, Anniversaries, Etc.

Who will be next ?
Rod May 11th
James May 11th
Kathie May 30th


 * * * 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


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 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. 


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. 

Please sign up today !  

PWMS Welcomes MSer's from all over

MS DownUnder  MS Downunder

Mentioning Stuff

Hold onto your hats ! ! ! The latest online edition of Kanga's Australian Newsletter, Mentioning Stuff, will be on our newstand shortly ! You can get it hot off the virtual printing press 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 
Support the Aussie Mid-Day chats, which follow directly from the North American evening chatsHang around chat a bit on those nights to help Kanga, Snowdogs, and Wayno welcome newcomers.

Quick guide to Australian Culture

  • The bigger the hat, the smaller the farm.
  • The shorter the nickname, the more they like you.
  • Whether itís the opening of Parliament, or the launch of a new art gallery, there is no Australian event that cannot be improved by a sausage sizzle.
  • If the guy next to you is swearing like a wharfie he's probably a media billionaire. Or, just conceivably, a wharfie.
  • On the beach, all Australians hide their keys and wallet by placing them inside their sandshoes. No thief has ever worked this out. We might have very stupid thieves. Or really stinky sandshoes.
  • Industrial design knows of no article more useful than the milk crate.
  • All our best heroes are losers.
  • The alpha male in any group is he who takes the barbecue tongs from the hands of the host and blithely begins turning the snags.
  • It's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to hold.
  • A thong is not a piece of scanty swimwear, as in America, but a fine example of footwear. A group of sheilas wearing black rubber thongs may not be as exciting as you had hoped.
  • It is proper to refer to your best friend as "a total bastard". By contrast, your worst enemy is "a bit of a bastard".
  • Historians believe the widespread use of the word "mate" can be traced to the harsh conditions on the Australian frontier in the 1890s, and the development of a code of mutual aid, or "mateship". Alternatively, we may all just be really hopeless with names.
  • The wise man chooses a partner who is attractive not only to himself, but to neighbourhood mosquitoes.

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 


Check it out on our inspirational Poetry Pages

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


Recipes         An Exciting New Omelet and Vanilla Frappe in Healthy Eating 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 


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 'The Wild West's Infamous Egg Poacher ' )



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. 

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Breaking News

Jeffs is at the helm of our bold new daily news effort for PeopleWithMS.  Jeffs energy in researching, digging, and news follow-up is amazing. 

If you spot something new before Jeffs gets it listed, send the link along to him:

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

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