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September Update

posted 5 Sep 2012, 06:39 by Alan B.
There are a few things I wanted to update you about. I've also sent this information as an e-mail to those who asked to be kept in touch. If you want to be added to this list please e-mail me with your details to alanbeevers@gmail.com

Here we go:

Members of the Moray MS Support Group - especially Alex (thanks to him) - have been making progress organising transport for Moray MSers to the Hydrotherapy Pool in Forres. The Forres Osprey Bus which uses a minibus and voluntary drivers to help people with mobility difficulties to get around, are willing to help, probably on Thursdays. And we're on the verge of booking a slot with the Pool. The idea is that the bus will pick up people from their homes, take them to the pool and back. We already have takers from Rothes and Llanbryde. There will be no charge for this although donations will be welcomed. The cost and nature of the session at the pool have yet to be decided and will be affected by who participates of course. So if you are interested in this exciting development please reply to this e-mail and we can make a start. We just need names now to make early progress.

The National Theatre of Scotland have a performance of My Shrinking Life at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness on October 5th and 6th. Written by and starring Alison Peebles this promises to be a moving and inspiring play. Alison has Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and writes and talks about her journey with MS. Eden Court is accessible and there are wheelchair facilities in the auditorium but booking is essential. Click HERE for the website.

The speaker booked for the Moray MS Support Group has been re-scheduled from the September to the October meeting. Cornelia Featherstone, a retired GP and also co-author of a book on the relationship between orthodox medicine and complementary, holistic therapies, will talk about the choices open to us in becoming more aware of different approaches to health and well-being. Whether or not to use complementary/alternative therapies is difficult for us all but particularly challenging for those with a chronic condition like MS. There is so much out there some of which might help us, some not. This talk and discussion will be an opportunity to become a bit clearer.
The October meeting is Friday 12 October 11.am at the Oaks, Elgin. Before that the September meeting is Friday 14th September 11.am again at the Oaks. There won't be a speaker at this meeting so lots of time to chat and catch up. All are welcome but contact Julie Williams,
MS Specialist Nurse if you want to discuss if this group is right for you.

The new Moray branch of the MS Society are on the verge of launching support for MSers who want to try complementary therapies. They plan to fund 4 sessions with your chosen therapist (up to £30 per session) and all they'll ask is a wee response on whether the treatment helped you. All therapists must, quite rightly, be accredited and insured. I'm still waiting for final confirmation of this scheme but in the meantime you can contact one of the Branch Officers on their dedicated phone 07874229014.

A wee while back I added a page to the website on the excellent Highland Disabled Ramblers. There is to be an article on this group in this weeks Northern Scot. Take a look if you want to find out more.

That's it for now!