Comedy MIX is hosting a comedy night with all proceeds going to the MS Society’s Lower Mainland Chapter (LMC).
Click here to purchase tickets: http://tinyurl.com/LaughstoEndMS
**Buy tickets before Dec. 1 for a chance to win Canucks tickets!**
Link to Facebook event page: http://tinyurl.com/FB-LaughstoEndMS
- Ivan Decker – featured award-winning comedian
- Sylvia (Mina) Kolitsopoulos – actress/comedienne hosting the event
- Mathieson McCrae
- Vanessa Woznow
Location: Comedy MIX @ the Century Plaza, 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Time: 7 PM (doors open at 6 PM) on Monday, January 19, 2015
Price: $25 each
Dear MS Society,
I will apologize ﬁrst of all for the lack of creativity, poignant reﬂection or a cheerful
thought. But MS has had a huge impact on my life.
I’ve ”lost” my son, Oliver.
My MS diagnosis ended my marriage, and though we have shared custody my
son chooses to live with his dad. Oliver is now 14. When he was younger he
could just crawl into bed with me. We were very close, but now at this age he
obviously needs his own space. At this time I can’t afford to have a two bedroom
so that he could stay over.
He doesn’t even really visit. At 14 his mind is on his friends, his computer and
video games. We can all remember being a teenager, ”why put in the effort if I’m
going to be bored”……
With this Xbox 360, it would be my wish to be able to re engage with Oliver as
he is a TRUE GAMER! His friends and adults alike can not believe his motor
skills. I would LOVE to invite him over and play some video games with him. It
would mean the world to me, and I’m pretty sure Oliver as well 🙂
Being part of the MS Board of Directors over the past year has really opened up my eyes to realizing how MS affects many of those around us.
Some people believe that being diagnosed with MS “automatically” means a debilitating lifestyle. However, what I have found is much to the contrary.
The MS community (including those living with MS, their friends, and support networks) is incredibly resilient, motivated, and passionate. I have heard inspiring stories from many of these individuals ranging from the struggles of every day life to regaining the ability to walk.
So here’s to all of you in the MS community:
“Some days are tough while others are great, but know that they all contribute toward the success of your journey.”
I’ve had MS since I was 20 – well over half of my life. It would be easy to concentrate on what is lost – I try to, instead, focus on what’s gained.
The best parts are what my best friend and caregiver and I do:
Besides taking life a step at a time, we try to think outside of the box. She arranged for me to take the zipline (photos attached) at the 2010 Olympics and I for her to go paragliding last year. It sounds like she enjoyed it; this video records her fun as the pilot put the glider in a loop!
Having MS is very unpredictable. One day you might have energy the next day you may not.
When trying to describe what MS is like to people who know nothing about the disease, I ask them to relate back to being young and on a seesaw. When you first get on, your butt is on the ground and you have to work really hard to balance the seesaw with your friend. Then you have to continually be aware to keep finding that balance point, if you don’t, you will be back on the ground.
Having an MS relapse is like the seesaw, it’s hard work recovering. Some of us are fortunate to have relapsing remitting MS and we get to balance the seesaw, but you have to always be concerned with your energy levels and prioritize what is important to keep your MS balanced. Others have progressive MS and they are unable balance their seesaw, constantly fighting the uphill battle and their MS continues to progress.
I have found most people, even without a medical explanation, can start to relate to MS, when they understand how balancing MS is, like a seesaw. You are always working to keep your life balanced. Unfortunately relapses, do come my way, but I hope I continue to be able to find the balance point once again.
What MS Means to Me ….
“When I was first diagnosed with MS I felt overwhelmed and confused. I felt like I was a glass that was nearly empty”
“Then, after I joined a support group and built my support network, I felt like me glass had been filled up!”
As part of our focus on MS Awareness Month, we are launching an exciting contest where you could win 1 of 4 LG 37″ TVs and an Xbox 360!
Here’s how to enter:
1) Submit a photo/video/story/poem/any type of media that relates to the following theme: “What does MS mean to you?”
You can submit your entries directly on our Facebook or Twitter page or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) “Like” our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MSSocietyLMC
3) Follow our Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ms_society_lmc
4) Winners will be chosen based on various factors including: the number of “likes” received, relevance to the theme, impact, creativity, etc.
Note: We reserve the right to use any submitted materials for future social media events. Please do not submit any items that you would not feel comfortable sharing.
MS month in May is coming up! Stay tuned for an exciting contest with some awesome prizes!
Contest hint: “What does MS mean to you?”