Many issues and emotions affect people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). These feelings can make it more difficult for individuals and families to cope with daily challenges of MS. With 66 MS support groups meeting monthly, coordinated by the National MS Society-Greater Illinois Chapter, help is never far away.
People who join support groupsthose living with MS, their caregivers, families and friendscan expand their support network and learn healthy ways to cope with stress. From techniques for dealing with fatigue, to strategies in symptom management, support groups can provide a wealth of information to help maximize wellness and independence.
Support groups are the cornerstone of our services, said Elizabeth Shinar, director of chapter program for the National MS Society-Greater Illinois Chapter. Support groups help people manage their symptoms and provide wonderful educational and social opportunities. They help enhance the lives of those living with MS, Shinar said.
National MS Society support groups meet in the following counties: DeKalb County: DeKalb, Freeport, Plano/Sandwich; Winnebago County: one group in Rockford east and one group in Rockford west.
People living with MS, their caregivers, families and friends are all welcome to join support groups. To find the nearest sup
port group, call 1-800-FIGHT MS (1-800-344-4867), or visit the chapter Web site at www.msillinois.org.