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PWMS Chat Update:
Chat has been great many laughs. Nancy is back after being on Solumedrol IV treatments! Best of luck - get better, Nancy!
Please, Men, bear with us: We get so crazy at night!
Looks like we are going to have a Spring get together! We will have enough time now to plan it. Any idea's, please let us have them !
Another 5 weeks of real summer for us and, chat will get busier. It always has in the past. If any of you have any idea's on things we do, like Trivia and Crafts, by all means suggest them. It maybe a good idea to do more things so the rooms gets split up a bit on busy nights.
Happy Anniversary Sae What & Ike! 41 Years as on Monday!
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Trivia Night in the PeopleWithMS Chat
the hostess for our Thursday Night Trivial Chat has the
questions. And the answers. She's mostly
right! She will be back this coming Thursday!
Rod was our Trivia Master this week! It was a tie between Ragsjewel & Shelly. That's a first! Even with a tie breaker question, the score remained a tie! Rod had a variety of questions so there was no advantage LOL. So Ragsjewel & Shelly are sharing the Crown this week.
Don't fight ladies, share! ( at least til next Thursday's Face-off ! )
Thank you so much Rod for helping us out when Marlene needs to take a Thursday off.
It should be very interesting this coming week to see what happens! Come and join us, it's so much fun!
Thursdays at 8 pm EST for some fun.
Debby is our craft coordinator. Please join her in our new craft room. Bring ideas with you. what do you know how to do. And what would you like to learn how to do.
Everyone will have a place to post there crafts so others can see them. We have a great start with some of Debby's great crafts she has made in the past. This week added are some great carolers from Sae What check her link out This link will stay on our web site and also can be found on our links page. To post crafts EMAIL email@example.com
Debby's meetings will be on Tuesday's at 8PM EST for some fun!
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.
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.I have not told many, but when my daughter was dx'd 11 years ago, I had to learn as much as I could. I wanted to know what is the worst case scenario, and what is the best with MS. What courses could it take? How likely one versus the other? I wanted no more surprises. Having my one and only daughter dx'd with MS was enough of a surprise. I went to Gaylord Rehab for a very long seminar on MS. It was the mental problems that really got most in a lot of troubles, because they were not ever taken seriously. I have seen this many times in my years online. If you see someone in chat that seems headed down this road, try to cheer them up, focus on the positive, and give them some suggestions. If they come back just as bad off, try again. If they keep coming back, let them know that they might be in need of some support beyond what any of us can provide in chat.
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 existance, 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.Don't feel bad if you visit our chat and don't like things: The folks in it, what's talked about, the limited avatars and emoticons, the sounds, or anything else. We don't have room for every MSer in the universe, and don't claim to cater to every taste. If you want something different, we encourage you to search out another chat room. There are chats for those that want to wallow in pity, moan and groan. sing songs on a voice chats, fantasy-date, or do whatever comes after that on webcam chats. If you don't find what you need, or think you can do better, we encourage you to go buy your own webserver, start your own website, and run your own chat to cater to that unmet need. Please let us know about your site and chat, so we can direct any like-minded folks your way.
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 PWMS@PeopleWithMS.com 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.
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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Stories and Pictures
Please, we have issued an All Points Bulletin for any new chatters ! Come in, ask them to send us their e-mail addresses at PWMS@PeopleWithMS.com ; 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.
|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 PWMS@peoplewithms.com . Or, anyone who wants to add Pictures or update their story, please do so.|
NEW BIRTHDAY PAGE
* We need someone
to keep track of our chatters Birthday's. *
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.
Preface . . .
Thank you for sharing this important Medical Information, RJump
A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder
I decide to water my garden.
At the end of the day:
Then, when I try
to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because
I know I was busy all damn day, and I'm really tired.
|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!|
need more Poems !
Check it out on our inspirational Poetry Pages
Please Email us with any poems you would like to share with us PWMS@peoplewithms.com
Here is the recipe for "Poke Cake"....
|Check out all of the recipes on our web site that chatters have shared with us|
Please Email us with any recipes you would like to share with us PWMS@peoplewithms.com
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: PWMS@PeopleWithMS.com
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, Eddie, Sae What 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.
If anyone has anything they think ought to be added to the weekly news letter, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.