November 2012  


Congratulations Alex Ng!

We're proud to announce our Programs Consultant, Alexander Ng, PhD, FACSM is closer to publishing an in-depth study of our flagship four-day CAN DO® Program. His paper documenting positive change after attending a four-day CAN DO Program has been accepted for publication in Disability and Rehabilitation.

"Our results indicate for the first time that a short-term wellness program for persons with MS can result in significant positive changes in self-efficacy for control and quality of life for persons with MS."
  (Source: Perceived Health & Self-Efficacy Improve after a Wellness Program in Persons with MS 2009-2010) 

We're glad that our CAN DO Program, after an in-depth statistical study, has been proven to be life changing for people living with MS! Stay tuned for publication information. For more information on this study click here.  
Jimmie Heuga & Billy Kidd
1964 Olympics 

"I'm not sitting here languishing, waiting for a cure.  I am dedicated to maintaining my overall health because it helps me live the best life possible." - Jimmie Heuga  


With the giving season just around the corner we want to take a moment this month and give thanks to someone very important to our organization, our founder Jimmie Heuga. It's been over two years since Jimmie passed however, his can do spirit is still alive in the hearts of everybody involved with Can Do MS, which includes our office staff, Programs Consultants, board members, program participants, fundraisers, sponsors and all our supporters. 
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Talking to Your Employer   
By: Barbara McKeon, Director of Employment Programs & Services, New York City-Southern NY Chapter & Steven Nissen, Senior Director, Employment & Community Program, National Capital Chapter in Washington D.C. 
Disclosing your Multiple Sclerosis to an employer is one of the most difficult decisions for someone living with MS. You need to weigh your options before making the choice to do so, as it has legal and job related implications that can be ongoing. You should consider both the legal and practical sides of disclosure, the advantages and disadvantages of disclosure, the components of a disclosure script, and resources available to help you navigate this important decision. Read Article.

Interested in learning more on this topic?
Register for our upcoming webinar - Talking to Your Employer! 
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Ask the Can Do Team
An online Q & A for people living with multiple sclerosis and their support partners to connect with our interdisciplinary team of MS experts.

Submitted in October 2012 by: Becky Q., Living with MS  
Question: "I take my shot on Monday. I have accepted the fact that I lose Monday and Tuesday to the flu symptoms. My husband and son have learned these are "MS Monster days" and to let it run its course. Emotionally I feel lost, behind on life and feel as if I have to get so much done and push myself until I am where I am in a cycle of exhaustion, cognitive confusion, and my body is in spasticity, pain which leads back to sleep. How can I stop this cycle and what tools best help keep persons like me caught up and not so disorganized to accomplishing organization within life's tasks that occur daily?"

Answer: Unfortunately, flu-like symptoms are common potential side effects with all interferon beta therapies used in MS. But there are some important tips that one can utilize to lessen the likelihood of loosing days due to these symptoms. First, make sure to be hydrated; especially on...Read the full answer from Registered Nurse Jennifer Smrtka, ANP-BC, MSCN (Can Do MS Programs Consultant)  


Talking to Your Employer  Tuesday, November 13, 2012  8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time     

November's Webinar focuses on speaking with your employer about multiple sclerosis. The presenters, Barbara McKeon and Steven Nissen are employment experts with the National MS Society who will give guidance on what details you should disclose, questions to ask and your rights in the workplace.
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There will also be a question and answer period with our presenters where participants can submit their questions.

The Can Do MS Webinar Series brings together a collaborative team of MS experts for you.  


2 Experts. 1 Topic. 0 Cost to you.


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This webinar is brought to you by

New Webinar on Mobility
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Live Fully, Live Well is a wellness program for people with MS and their support partners in collaboration with NMSS. 

Often there is hesitancy among people with multiple sclerosis and their support systems to pursue and then use mobility aids because it may be viewed as "giving in" to the MS. This webinar discusses a variety of mobility aides, their purposes, and potential advantages of their use. Read More.

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This program is made possible by MS ActiveSource, which is
sponsored by Biogen Idec and Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc

2013 Vertical Express Dates Announced! 

Find your mountain below and register to start fundraising! 



This winter marks the 28th annual Vertical Express for Can Do MS event series at ski resorts across the U.S., raising money for Can Do MS's lifestyle empowerment programs that help families living with multiple sclerosis (MS).


Whether it's shredding amazing powder on the slopes, enjoying après food and drinks with your friends or sharing your personal connection to MS with fellow supporters, Vertical Express is sure to make those moments memorable. This event invites skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers of all ages and abilities to participate in the fundraising effort while enjoying a day on the slopes! Prizes are based on individual fundraising, the more your raise- the better the prizes! Learn more.


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Pat with her husband Jim and Programs Consultant Gail Hartley

27th Annual Autumn Benefit - Recap   

Thanks to all who helped make this event a success!

We honored Pat Kennedy, Can Do MS Nurse Educator, Programs Consultant and President of the International Organization of MS Nurses with a Can Do Award for demonstrating the can do spirit and making significant contributions to improving the lives of others with MS.

Thank you to our sponsors and event attendees for making our 2012 event so successful. Our programs are made possible by your generous support. We had a great turnout, with 150 attendees who helped raise $170,000 to support Can Do MS's 
lifestyle empowerment programs. See you next year!

View pictures from New York on Flickr!
An evening of ski & snowboard movies to raise money for
the Crystal Mountain Vertical Express.
Seattle, WA
I QUILT. Raffle

Two days left to win our amazing quilt! $20 for one ticket, $35 for two or $50 for three.

  Drawing held:
November 10, 2012
Vail, CO 
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2013 Vertical Express Dates Announced!
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MS In The News
 An interview with our very own Pat Kennedy about our programs and book, The Can Do MS Guide to Lifestyle Empowerment
Did You Know?
Another study confirms what our founder Jimmie Heuga preached, exercise is beneficial for those with MS!   
Can Do Promise Of The Month
Robin J.
Living with MS 

not my MS. I am more.

continue and improve my life despite MS.

fit MS into my life. I will not fit my life into MS.

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