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December 9, 2006

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 PWMS chat ! - Update

PWMS   Welcomes MSers from all over (and under)


 A new/old chatter from Oregon some may remember from JJ's

Apparently had a horseback riding accident.  Send a ' Get Well ' to her up in Boston

From Australia, pops in occasionally.  But there's a slight time difference. . .
Nancy Joins us from the heart of Wisconsin Cheese Ranching country.

Ladycove has been busting her butt to turn the MSSurvivor MSNsite into an informative and fun to visit.  Please stop by, sign up as a member,  and see the latest.   

Please feel free to give us some ideas for chat. Hey, you can even take charge!  Do your own weekly, or whenever, chat. Just invite your friends in, have a party.  We have many rooms you can have your chat in your own room. 

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

PWMS Welcomes . . . 

Any chatters touched by M.S. What this means is anyone with M.S., a family member of anyone with M.S., or simply a friend who wants to understand M.S. 

And please, anytime you come in chat and the conversation is not MS related, just pipe up with your MS question, issue, or problem.  MS is our # 1 topic in chat. Most everything else is just background information on what and how people are doing, etc.  

We have chatters who are on Avonex, Beta, Rebif, Copaxone, and Tysabri. And myriad other medicines to address various symptoms.  So if you have any questions on any of these drugs ask away. Keep in mind everyone is different. Different drugs affect everyone differently. It is very frustrating to all of us but that's the way it is. 

LDN - Vanessa, one of our newer chatters, has battled with different MS meds for many years. She has not found any that had any positive effects without leaving her with some very bad reactions.  LDN has helped a lot with her symptoms. Vanessa is in chat mostly every night with us. I am sure she would share with anyone who has any interest in LDN.  

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Chat Connections Room 

Chat Sound Alert

It's really no surprise to land in an empty chat room -> there are 24 hours in the day.  And it is also guaranteed that 5 minutes after you leave, someone else will pop in.  

Here's something you can do if you have speakers and are moderately familiar with Windows.  When you log into chat and discover no one to share your morning coffee with, don't give up !  Turn up the sound on your computer and stay logged in.  When someone else comes in, the ' Welcome ' sound will play.

(Pick an audicon 'soundie' off the "Music Note button' list to see if it's loud enough.)   

If you want to go do something else in Windows, MINIMIZE the chat window with a double click on the little underline box in the top right of the window.  You will still see the window listed on the start bar ('Tray').  When somebody comes in, click that window to open it again.

If People start using this, and find that the ' Welcome ' sound is an inadequate alert, give us an idea what might work better.

Click Here to go to Discussion Board " Tag . . . You're It ! ! ! "  Click Here to go to Discussion Board

Chat is always open. and guests are always welcome.  But they're never there when you log in !   The Chat Connections Room is intended to solve that problem.  It helps hook up people who want to chat, at whatever hour. . . 

When you come into the main chat room and nobody is there, double click on the Chat Connections Room listed in the column on the right side.  That will pop you into the room.  The last 10 messages from visitors are displayed.  Check to see if anybody else has recently popped in, looking to chat, and left a message.  Something like:





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This Week's Chat Star 


My name is Bill, AKA Lonewolf. I am 52. DX 32 years ago. I live in Indiana. I drove a truck for many years. Oh, and yes, motorcycles were a big part of my life. I've lived with this rascal we call MS for many years. I'm not "About" to give into it and I don't want you to either. (more)

Chat Hosting Schedule

We have no hosting schedule right now. Chat is always open, so feel free to drop in anytime with some friends.  If you have any interest in hosting please contact us at 

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PWMS & MS Survivors working together :) 

MS Survivors has a great new message board, and a whole lot more ! JeffS and LadyCove are working hard to add all sorts of neat features.  We are joining together with them to use their message board and some of those other neat-o MSN facilities. They are sending their members over to our site and chat. So we're teaming up to make the best use of both the web and MSN Group sites. Some of us work, some of us just don't have enough energy to keep up with it all alone. We have noticed that when MSERs  team up and work together on web sites, a message board, and chat that updated information flows more freely. 


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Stories and Pictures

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.

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Norma provides our holiday recipes this week . . . 

No Bake Pumpkin Pie

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 envelope KNOX Unflavored Gelatine
1/4 cup water
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin
1 HONEY MAID Graham Pie Crust (6 oz.)
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

MIX condensed milk, cinnamon, ginger, salt and nutmeg with wire whisk until well blended; set aside.

SPRINKLE gelatine over water in medium saucepan; let stand 1 minute. Cook on low heat 2 minutes or until gelatine is completely dissolved, stirring constantly. Add milk mixture; stir until well blended. Continue cooking 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in pumpkin. Spoon into crust.

REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until firm. Top each serving with a dollop of the whipped topping just before serving. Store leftover pie in refrigerator.

Key Lime Pie

18 Reduced Fat OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, finely crushed
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1-3/4 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Lime Flavor Gelatin
2 tsp. grated lime peel
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP FREE Whipped Topping

MIX cookie crumbs and butter; press firmly onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate.

STIR boiling water into gelatin in medium bowl at least 3 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in lime peel and juice. Refrigerate 30 to 45 minutes or until slightly thickened.

ADD whipped topping; stir gently with wire whisk until well blended. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until mixture will mound. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.

Nutrition (per serving) Calories 210 Total fat 6g Saturated fat 3.5g Cholesterol 10mg Sodium 240mg Carbohydrate 36g Dietary fiber 1g Sugars 23g Protein 2g Vitamin A 2%DV Vitamin C 0%DV Calcium 0%DV Iron 8%

Sugar Free Cheesecake
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
31/2 cup cool whip
8 oz Cream Cheese
cup Skimmed Milk
1 package Instant Sugar Free Pudding

Let cream cheese reach room temperature and beat until smooth. Blend in all ingredients.

Pour into a 9 graham cracker crust and chill for four hours. Serve with Cool Whip or Canned whip cream.

I use Light Sour Cream and Reduced Fat Cool Whip and Light Cream Cheese and skim milk. That makes each slice 2 pts each.

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

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

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

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

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Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Influenza

Are there risks in getting the vaccination?

Are there any symptoms that a doctor should be notified about?

What are the chances of developing a secondary infection?

Should I take amantadine or rimanadine?

Visit HealthCentral for the full scoop 

Check out this web site to learn more and find out if the flu is in your area: 


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An interesting new Tysabri oriented site has appeared on the horizon;  While still in it's early stages of development, there is already enough food for thought for anyone interested in Tysabri or considering it as a therapy option.  Besides the obvious pitch from Biogen Idec & Elan, there's a good deal of coverage of the human element on the site.  Strongly Recommended 

Substance Inhibits Progress Of Multiple Sclerosis In Animal Model
Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have developed a substance that inhibits the progress of multiple sclerosis (MS) in an animal model. The agent, a novel calpain inhibitor, can be administered orally.

Calpains are a family of proteolytic enzymes naturally found in the human body. Inappropriate activation of calpain is associated with a number of neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases such as MS. It is known to destroy the myelin sheath that coats and protects the nerves.

In a paper published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology, SUNY Downstate and Maimonides Medical Center researchers described the use of the calpain inhibitor for the treatment of a mouse model of MS. Whether administered by injection or by mouth, the inhibitor produced an almost complete cessation of the disease's progress.

The calpain inhibitor, developed at Downstate, was shown to reduce clinical illness signs and prevent demyelination and inflammatory infiltration in a dose- and time-dependant manner, and holds promise in treating both the acute and chronic phases of MS. The inhibitor may also prove beneficial for treating other degenerative illnesses, such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's disease.

The research was conducted by Getaw Hassen, MD, PhD, as his doctoral thesis in SUNY Downstate's School of Graduate Studies. Faroozan Mokhtarian, PhD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology at Downstate, developed the mouse model. The inhibitor was developed by Leo Kesner, PhD, professor emeritus of biochemistry, and Alfred Stracher, PhD, distinguished professor of biochemistry.

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Montel Williams is promoting the new prescription program 

" Partnership for Prescription Assistance " :

call 1-888-477-2669  /  1-888-4PPA-NOW

There are over 150 different programs that can help you get your meds for free, or at a low cost.  Check it out ! ! !

We also have some links up on our web site that may help. Check it outPatient Assistance Programs

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