June 2013

It was great to meet so many new people and hang out with old friends, past participants and our Programs Consultants in Orlando at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers!

The Can Do MS team had an amazing time networking and learning more about the latest MS research and information. The education, speakers, vendors and all the little details were top notch - even the palm trees! 

Click here to see all the highlights from the conference! 
"We have been married close to 30 years and during life's challenging times; once again, we turned toward, instead of away, from each other " - Julie H. Can Do MS Program Participant 


Life often hinges on twists of fate. Only a few years ago, Julie Hare was a full time elementary school teacher. Her husband, Stephen, had a management position at a local Napa Valley winery. In 2009 Julie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and unfortunately, the diagnosis wasn't the only unwanted surprise. The economic downturn caused her teaching job to be eliminated and Stephen was informed by his new boss that his services at the winery would no longer be required. Things seemed so bleak that they agreed "we had nowhere to go but up." And up they went!
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Aging With MS   
By: Can Do MS Programs Consultants: Gail Hartley, MSN, NP, MSCN and Terry DiLorenzo, PhD   

Approximately 25% of people with MS are 65 and older. The average older person with MS has been diagnosed for 20 years and is more likely to have a progressive form of MS. However, older individuals are less likely to have a regular MS care provider. In addition to MS symptoms, older individuals experience the typical changes associated with aging, which include having more physical health conditions, fatigue, weakness, pain, cognitive difficulties and need for assistance with activities of daily living. Despite this, there are a variety of strategies for healthy aging that are recommended. General strategies for healthy aging include...
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Want to learn more? Register now for our upcoming webinar on
Aging With MS on June 11th.
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 by: Michael H., Living with MS
Question: I have an ongoing loss of strength in my left leg and accompanying left foot drop. Do you know of any exercises or muscle stimulation therapies?

Exercise may improve all types of gait dysfunction in persons with MS. Muscles must be strengthened according to the amount of force they are able to produce. Aggressive exercise may actually make some muscles weaker. Resistive exercise for muscles that are graded 4/5 (60% of Normal) or 5/5 will actually help reduce... Read the full answer from Physical Therapist and Can Do MS Programs Consultant, Jane L. Wetzel PT, PhD.

Aging With MS
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


2 Experts. 1 Topic. 0 Cost to you.

Join us as we discuss changes that can occur in physical, cognitive and psychological functions as a person with MS ages. This webinar will also talk about recognizing changes in functions as well as strategies to help with the changes and planning of future needs.  


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Bladder & Bowel Issues: To Pee or Not To Pee
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time




This webinar will discuss normal bladder function and how it can be affected by MS.  Dr. Kalota will also discuss the impact it can have on those living with MS and what can be done to evaluate it and treat it.  This webinar will also discuss the impact MS can have on bowel function and what can be done to address this issue as well.  




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Can Do MS Webinar Series is made possible by:

Counter Punch Wines
Double your donation for the month of June!



We're excited to announce that, during the month of June, Counter Punch Wines has agreed to double the amount they donate to Can Do MS when you purchase wine through their website!

Use the code CanDoMS at check out to ensure 20% of your purchase goes to support our lifestyle empowerment programs. As a bonus, you will also receive 10% off your purchase.

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Cut & Slice Golf Event  
Wrap Up

100 people enjoyed a round of golf with beer and BBQ all while supporting our programs!  


We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Cut & Slice Golf Event at Beaver Creek Mountain was a huge success! There were 100 golfers, amazing BBQ and some tasty Colorado Micro Brews!

This sold out event raised over $7,000 for our programs, what a way to celebrate Memorial Day!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, US Bank, along with Beaver Creek Golf Club and Beaver Creek Resort Company for hosting!

Check out our calendar to find an event near you! 
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Did You Know?
We shared our motto for World MS Day on
May 29th!     
Can Do Promise Of The Month
Marilyn B.
I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a realtor.   

not a quiter.

do whatever has to
be done.

not give up and/or let my MS beat me.

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