Keep S'myelin group to discuss treatment options
Rockland — The November meeting of Keep S’myelin will take place Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11:30 a.m. at Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice at 170 Pleasant St.
An awareness group for those with multiple sclerosis, their caregivers, and friends, Keep S’myelin is affiliated with the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The group will view “Making Treatment & Lifestyle Decisions: Thinking About Benefits and Risks,” a DVD co-produced by the American and Canadian National MS Societies. Until the early 1990s, no therapies were available to alter the course of MS. In the last 20 years, there has been a dramatic change, with 10 therapies now approved to change the course of the disease. MS has gone from a completely untreatable disease to a disease that now can be treated quite effectively for most people diagnosed today.
The presentation goes on to explore the factors people must consider when making treatment and lifestyle decisions, including when to begin treatment, the role information overload can play in decision-making, and how to weigh the benefits and risks of a treatment or lifestyle decision. A group discussion will follow the presentation and attendees will receive a program outline booklet to take home.
This is the last scheduled meeting of Keep S’myelin until March 2014. Programs are varied, often including speakers addressing various subjects of interest to the group. For more information, call Tom at 354-0285 or Brian at 236-2307.