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MS Support Group open at NMMC-West Point; preparations begin for annual Walk MS rally

March 4, 2014

By Donna Summerall

The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group of the Golden Triangle, meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month in the Education Room of North Mississippi Medical Center of West Point at noon. The group is open to anyone living with MS or the friend or loved one of an MS patient who would like to be better informed about the disease.
“Some meetings we have a speaker, other times we all just talk about our experiences with MS,” said Gayva Baldwin, MS Support Group leader. “We discuss the different stages and progression of the disease and what type of therapies and care seem to reap results. Every one of us is different, so the way the disease affects us is different.”
The MS Support Group lets those living with MS know they are not alone. MS is a disease of the Central Nervous System that affects the brain and spinal cord. Early MS symptoms include weakness, tingling, numbness and blurred vision, Baldwin said. Other signs are muscle stiffness, thinking problems and urinary problems. It tends to be a disease that attacks people in the 20s and early 30s. Treatment can relieve MS symptoms and delay disease progression. During the support group meetings, different treatments and therapies are discussed, Baldwin said.

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