August 2013

Can Do Day is just around the corner, and we can't wait! On Sunday, September 22nd, we ask you to join us in celebrating our founder Jimmie Heuga's birthday by focusing on what you can do and DO IT!  Visit our facebook page and share your pledge of what you can do!

New this year, we've created a short video starring our office staff!  We're excited about this fun video as a way for you to learn more about how Can Do Day works!  Check it out and make sure to leave a comment and share the video with your friends!

Can Do Day is sponsored by:
"It was the most informative four days of my life and it was great because my best friend Shawna attended as my support partner which brought us closer than we could ever imagine." - Vivian G. CAN DO« Program Alumni 


When life throws you a curve ball, setting goals can help you knock that curve ball out of the park. At our four-day CAN DO« Program we ask all the participants to identify what their goals are on the first day of the program and again on the last. When Vivian Gallegos attended our 2012 CAN DO Program in Vail, CO, she had no idea the program would be preparing her for the inevitable curve ball coming her way. Read More
Can Do MS Programs Consultants: Pamela H. Miller, MA, CCC-SLP and Janet DeClark, MA, CCC-SLP  

Difficulty with speaking clearly (dysarthria) may occur in up to 40% of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).  Problems may interfere with how easily a person's speech can be heard and understood. They are typically mild to moderate, or worsened intermittently by MS-related fatigue. Changes in voice quality (dysphonia) may also occur, resulting in hoarseness, breathiness, and/or reduced loudness. Common speech and voice problems for those with MS may include...Read Article 

Want to learn more? Register now for next week's webinar on
 Managing Speech, Language & Cognitive Challenges.
Brand New Webinar Format!
Calling all questions for our LIVE Q&A webinar with MS experts on October 8th!

Join Can Do MS Program Consultants during this interactive hour-long webinar which will focus on answering your specific questions. You and/or your support partner will get this unique opportunity to speak personally and directly with three experts (in the field of occupational therapy, neurology and psychology) about your experiences, questions and concerns with multiple sclerosis. So, how does it work?

It's easy; just click the button below to submit your question!

Meet our webinar panel of experts!

Juliann Hanson-Zlatev, OTR
Occupational Therapist & Myofascial Release Therapist
Deborah M. Miller, PhD., LISW
Associate Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Staff, Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research of Cleveland Clinic
David Jones, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
University of Virginia Health System

Don't forget to register for the webinar to hear your answers!

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: Santo R., Living with MS

Because of the 80-90 degree heat, my body is really having trouble moving, especially walking. I very much would like to stay indoors near a fan. However, I need to go out to address a few chores. What can I do to keep my legs moving? Thanks.


Kathy SanMartino, PT, NCS, MSCS &
Can Do MS Programs Consultant

There are a few things you can try.

  • First of all, I'm sure you are being practical in what you wear in terms of clothing i.e., wearing the least amount of clothing and clothing that breathes.
  • Bring a cold, non-caffeinated drink with you to cool off your core.
  • Try to limit your outings during the hottest parts of the day.
 Read full answer from physical therapist.

Managing Speech, Language and Cognitive Challenges    
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


2 Experts. 1 Topic. 0 Cost to you.

This webinar discusses how to identify signs of cognitive and speech challenges, whom to contact, and what types of treatments and strategies are available to help manage the challenges. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.

Click Here To Register  


Social Security: Understanding a
Critical Safety Net 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


Join MS expert Thomas Stewart in this interactive webinar to learn about the benefits provided by the Social Security Administration to people who have become disabled through their fight with multiple sclerosis.  Register for this webinar today, and become engaged in the process to improve your probability of success in securing your deserved benefits.  



Click Here To Register


Can Do MS Webinar Series is made possible by:
25th Annual Alpen Wine Fest

Sunday September 1, 2013 - Squaw Valley, CA




Join us for the 25th Annual Alpen Wine Fest on Labor Day Weekend in Lake Tahoe, CA! Enjoy wine from 40 Northern California vineyards while perusing the silent auction for great deals on wine, lodging packages, art and more. 


When: 2:00 - 5:00pm on Sunday, September 1, 2013

Where: The Village at Squaw Valley

Cost: $40 per ticket (includes wine tasting!)

Vineyards Included: Dogwood Cellars, Masut Vineyards & Winery, Donum Estate, Duckhorn Vineyards and many more!


 Learn more about Alpen Wine Fest.

Macy's Shop For a Cause
Purchase an all-day  shopping pass from Can Do MS for $5 to receive a discount at Macy's stores nationwide!

August 24, 2013 
25th Alpen Wine Fest
Wine tasting, live music, silent auction & raffle all while taking in the beautiful vistas of
Lake Tahoe, CA!

September 1, 2013 
Squaw Valley, CA
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Can Do Day 
How will you celebrate the possibilities?

Visit our Facebook to showcase your pledge! 

  September 22, 2013
28th Annual Autumn Benefit 
This year we are pleased to announce Clay Walker as our honoree! Clay is a platinum selling country music star and founder of Band Against MS.

  October 24th, 2013
Rolex "100" Raffle 
Your chance to be the lucky winner of a
 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Valued at $8,100! With only 100 tickets available, your odds couldn't be better!.

  Drawing Date:
December 2, 2013
MS In The News
Programs Consultant  Alexander Ng's research documenting positive change after attending the four-day CAN DO« Program has been published in the June edition of Disability and Rehabilitation.
Did You Know?
The use of wearable cooling products before, during or after activity can extend your ability to engage in your chosen task and lesson the effects of the heat.     
Can Do Promise Of The Month
Susan P.
Living with MS
since 1988.

a grateful and blessed mom, fiancÚ & grandma!

do anything I put my
mind to.

be the best I can be!

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