Chat Login Newsletter

June 11, 2007

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

PWMS Chat Update:  

We have had quite a few new chatters this week. MS_Kitty has added our chat to her web site. Please welcome her chatters - they are a very nice bunch of MSERS. This is what it's all about; MSERS joining together.  There is no competition when it comes to MS chat rooms;  we are all fighting the same thing in one way or another. Chat rooms reflect the different ways people fight MS.  We have chatted in all of them. Offering something different was the reason 11 years ago for opening the first pre-cursor web site/ chat room to the current PeopleWithMS.  However, we do have a open mind, and there's always room for change and improvement.  If you have any ideas that you think would make our web site or chat room better, please email us.  We're always game to hear idea's and suggested improvements.  

The Boredom Factor -Sometimes people talk about something that you or I have absolutely no interest in at all. If it's some aspect of MS, just be patient.  It's something somebody needs to know, and the conversation will likely soon enough change.  If it's a boring discussion of something profoundly irrelevant and non-MS, just barge in with your question. 

We are very happy to say that we have hosts in chat most days from 8am till MIDNIGHT.  We honestly thought it would never happen, but it's very close. We want to thank everyone who is part of making it happen. Of course our chat coordinator, Norma, and all of our hosts: Phil. Nancy, Jack, Marlene, Debby, Dream, RonB, Rod, Kanga, Snowdogs, MS_Kitty, Sae What. Citrine. You all have made it happen. It's a great feeling that any MSer who needs to chat will have a place to vent, ask for help, or suggestions and someone will be there.  We've greatly improved the readability of our latest hosting schedule:  Check Our Hosting Schedule

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.

October Get-Together Update

 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. 

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 

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

Chat Hosting Schedule                                                                                                      

The Global Chat Schedule was comprehensive, but confusing. . . . . So it has been revised to break 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.  

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


Trivia Night in the PeopleWithMS Chat

Marlene, the hostess for our Thursday Night Trivial Chat has the questions.  And the answers.  She's always right. Debby was our Trivia Queen for last week!  It was a fast moving and challenging contest.  NAIL BITING ALL THE WAY! With Mag's and Red runners up. 

Marlene will be back from her birthday, and hopefully ready for this coming week's contest.  

Join us Thursdays at 7 pm EST for some fun.  

Stories and Pictures

Ron B

We have learned this week that Ron B has restored over 500 cars. He is in process of emailing us photos. Please click on the photo to the right to hop right over to the starting set of pics in his Gallery.  Take a  look at what he has done.  Ron B also was the founding President of the BlackSheep Motorcycle Club from 1995 -2004  

Are you  looking to have a car restored ? Want to find a car to restore yourself?  Ask Ron B. You will see what a artist he is . 


PWMS  Welcomes!    

Papa1, Dukkit64, Georgied, Staceyg, pitchmonke, and Les.  

Please, we have issued an All Points Bulletin for these 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. 


This could be you

Enter The PeopleWithMS Stories and Pictures Contest

Simply send in your name, story, and photo for an opportunity to appear in the spotlight, right here in our newsletter.  Just send it along to:

One lucky prize-winner will be wisked off (under protest) to our luxurious minimum security correctional & rehabilitation facility in sunny California.  The lucky winner will have their own personal and exclusive training and rehab room available 23 hours out of every 24.  A fun-filled manditory 40 day stay will provide plenty of time to work on the perfect Troglodyte Tan !   

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 MS Journey

First let me introduce myself.  I am Terri House, the founder of the site.  I am 35 years young and I have MS (multiple sclerosis). I am a Daddy's girl (he is My Hero) and my Mom is my Best Friend. I was diagnosed in April of 1997 after only a year of testing and waiting, as well as some military doctors telling me I needed to go see a psychiatrist (thats seems to be a common theme with people being diagnosed with MS).  Well 9 years later I do have MS and I am having a bit of a hard time with it. Now you won't hear on my website about people who do miraculous things in spite of having MS.  What you will hear is about real people who have real issues and how they overcame them or even how they came to live with their problems.  I do think it is wonderful to see people out there who are carrying on with their everyday lives and only having minor problems with MS, but there are many more people out there who have gone through some trying times and survived or are still trying to survive.  But first let me tell you my story.     (more) 




Upcoming Birthday:  

PeopleWithMS - Birthdays, Anniversaries, Etc.

Who will be next ?
Nancy & Pete's Anniversary June 10th
Lisa  June 14th
Sae What June 14th


 * * * 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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Chat access technical help!

The AddOnChat folks have made some substantial improvements in their support, knowledgebase, and help pages covering chat access and usage.  We'll be making some major updates to reflect this on our chat access help pages, as well as the Big Blue Button help in chat, and the macros.  Keep your eyes peeled. 

PeopleWithMS Fall Get-Together

We are starting the planning for organizing a fall get-together in Connecticut.   A quickie weekend trip just isn't going to cut it, given the travel time, cost, and distance involved.  So we're focusing on a larger hotel we can book for an extended weekend of October 6, 7, & 8, allowing for at least Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. (with probably wiggle-room for those who want to stay longer)  This is just a bit early for the best foliage, but beats the Columbus Day Soccer Games.

High on our priority list is a hotel with all the right amenities for our PeopleWithMS group, at an economical price. Airport Shuttle for fast, easy arrival at any time is right up there on the list.  Also, good handicapped accessible facilities, a conference room, in-hotel dining & event catering.  An indoor or heated outdoor pool would be nice.  We are also looking into getting drug company involvement for a seminar type of event if we can get enough people coming in, plus some local participation.  Plus, they would typically spring for a good meal, especially if we can make it a dinner event.

We are looking into the possibilities of chartering transport for a trip down to the Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun Casino.  Or alternatively, up to Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in Deerfield, Mass.  ( Some foliage watching up north )  There are also some other incidental local sights of interest to some.  

What we would like is a show of hands for those that are definite, pretty interested, probably not able to come, and can't come for sure.  Plus if you'd be bringing a scooter or wheelchair, or need one reserved at a place like Foxwoods.  And if you'd be bringing a spouse, or be interested in sharing a room.  That gives us a starting headcount and room-count.  

Send us your thoughts and ideas while planning is still in the formative stages.  Maybe we can fit in that skydiving afternoon.


Beat The Heat 

Cooling Equipment Distribution

Many people with multiple sclerosis are heat sensitive. MS research has proven that heat and humidity often aggravate common MS symptoms. MS research has also proven that cooling the body can help lessen the negative effects of heat and humidity on a person with MS.

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MSAA provides cooling vests (such as the one pictured above) to individuals with MS who qualify for the program.

Click here to apply


MSAA’s Cooling Equipment Distribution Program is a highly successful branch of the Equipment Distribution Program. In association with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), MSAA has conducted extensive research into the effects of moderate, controlled cooling on individuals with heat-sensitive MS. Along with other research studies, results have repeatedly shown that many individuals with heat-sensitive MS find temporary relief of certain symptoms by wearing active cooling garments. Among others, symptom relief may include improvements in energy level, cognitive processing, and motor function through the use of such cooling devices.

The Cooling Equipment Distribution Program provides special cooling apparel at no charge to individuals with MS. “Active Suits” have a separate cooling unit that circulates cool liquid through a vest and cap worn by the user. “Passive” cooling apparel includes vests, collars, bandanas, and wristbands that either hold cool inserts or contain special material that remains cool for up to two hours.

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Cooling Collars help regulate body temperature


Active cooling is considered a therapy and requires both a doctor’s prescription and supervision for usage. Heat is extracted from the system by re-circulating the fluid through ice. Clinical research has shown that active cooling systems can significantly reduce the temperature in certain areas of the body. When areas of the central nervous system that have been demyelinated are cooled, the conductivity across the damaged area is greatly enhanced. This increased conductivity allows more effective transmission of signals, which can reduce some symptoms.

Passive cooling systems help maintain a cooler body temperature. These can be used outdoors in hot weather or during exercise regimens. These passive systems do not reduce body temperature, and are not considered a therapy. They do provide relief from heat for short periods of time.

PWMS Welcomes MSer's from all over

MS DownUnder  MS Downunder

Mentioning Stuff

Hold onto your hats ! ! ! The June 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

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 and Snowdogs welcome newcomers.

Meanwhile, Wayno is hoping to bail out of rehab by June 26th.  Please give him your vote of confidence for the lead in the new movie;  " Escape From Rehab " 


MS Canada

If you are interested in lending a hand on the Canadian portiion of our site, 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!

Poems     We need more Poems !

I Am Poem
By: Cameron Dionne

Fourth Grader At: ???? Elementary School

May 15, 2007

This poem made our local newspaper and we are all so proud of him. (Judy)

I Am

         I am a loving young soldier.
  I wonder if there will be a World War III

         I hear the Iraquis coming.

     I see them running after me.
  I want to shoot but my commander says, "Wait."

         I am a loving young soldier>

  I pretended to be a soldier when I was a kid.
  I feel sick because I'm away from my family.

        I touch my soldiers shoulder.

        I worry a lot about them.
  I cry and say, "Please God, I want peace.

        I am a loving young soldier.

  I understand when someone feels worried.
        I say my prayers every night.

        I dream about my family.

        I try to be a good friend.
   I hope my prayers will come true.

        I am a loving young soldier.


Check it out on our inspirational Poetry Pages

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



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for Recipes


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, Debby, MS_Kitty, JeffS, JackIL, PhilCT, 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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Experimental NewsFeed  

MS_ Kitty has suggested incorporating a newsfeed feature on the site.  The newsfeed would supply a page of links to current medical news of interest ( ' tuned ' for our test purposes to be wide open, as opposed to MS or neurologically specific).  As a commercially provided service, this carries some advertising baggage not present on the PWMS site, and some risk of user-hostile java.  As they say in their disclaimer:

The health news headlines shown above are provided courtesy of Medical News Today and are subject to the terms and conditions stated on the Medical News Today website.

We would still keep be keeping our news on the wire, which is a more permanent news repository. However, this could add a broader current flavor of medical news to our site.  Useful ?  Confusing ?   Please try it at the link below: 

Experimental NewsFeed LinkClick Here to go to Discussion Board

 and email us what you think.

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