Our Bryant Stratton PT Assistant students are back on Wednesdays
We all love it when Dr. Sarah Andreucci, Dr Becky Thomas and the PT Assistant students from Bryant Stratton College join us.
They will be here on Wednesdays for this next semester. Let’s learn from them and help them learn about MS from us. Thank you so much to Dr Sarah, Dr Becky and all the students! Thank YOU for allowing the students to learn from you and your challenges with MS. You are a gift to them, who knows, we might even help steer the direction of their careers in some cases. We are blessed to have them join us.
MS Education last Friday
Tom Holtackers put together a very informative presentation on exercise while living with MS.
Tom shared many of his own experiences as well as what he’s learned and used in his practice throughout his career as a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic working with people with MS and living with MS himself. There are pdf handouts printed out in the gym if you’d like to see outlines of his presentations.
Tom’s presentation on fatigue is now available as a video. You can check it out by clicking here
We will have his presentation on exercise available soon as well. Stay tuned.
Thanks so much for doing this for us Tom! You certainly have a lot of knowledge to share and a gift of sharing it so impactfully and graciously. You too are a blessing to all of us!
If you would like to contact Tom directly, he’d love to talk with you. You can e-mail Tom @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Fund Raising / Event Planning Team
Are you willing to help us with either of these initiatives? If you are, please let me or Joan Ruffino know. We’ll be getting together again this Wednesday, September 14th at noon in the lunch room at the gym. I hope to see you there.
Just Keep Dancing – This past Sunday
Thank you to all who joined our first dance lesson this past Sunday. It sounds like it was fun and a learning experience on how to make it easier and more inclusive for people with MS. As we all know, there are a lot of neurological connections that need to be made while dancing. That’s one reason why dancing is so good for all us living with MS.
Sarah and Hazel had fun dancing together 😊
Ricky and Shirah are thinking they will do another dance lesson in October. I hope they do!
Stay tuned 😊
Rick Talbert shared an experience he had Monday morning. He woke up and was having a really good day with his MS. Rick is like a lot of us; when we have a good day, we look around to see what’s different and what we can do to duplicate this. Rick said he watched the Packer game Sunday with the volume down and some music on. He feels this was directly related to feeling good on Monday. Too bad the packers lost.
Since Rick had this experience, he decided to do some research on MS and music. He’s finding there are many studies done about music being beneficial to us living with MS. Rick has offered to do more research and put together a presentation for us. Let us know when you’re ready Rick, we’d love to learn more about it. Who knows, perhaps this will lead right into our dance programs as well.
Open House – Save the date
We’ll be having our 2nd annual MS-Just Keep Moving, Inc. open house on Saturday November 5th from 2:00 – 5:00pm. We’ll be having a program at 3:00 expressing gratitude, sharing info about our programs and sharing some inspirational stories of people living with MS within our MS-Just Keep Moving family.
Cal Newby will be doing another Mission Trip
Cal will be going to Peubla Mexico from Saturday, September 24th to Saturday, October 1st. Cal will be serving the people of Peubla how ever God leads him to serve. Cal is asking for prayers while on this trip and if you’d be willing to support him in any other way, that would be appreciated as well. Please see Cal for more details or reach out to him via e-mail email@example.com
Let’s get together!
We’ll be getting together again from 9:00am – noon on Wednesday and Friday mornings at the gym. I hope you’ll join us!
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Prayer Group We’ll be having our prayer group Wednesday @ 11:00am.
I just love the way we share, pray and laugh together while we witness prayers being answered weekly. It’s truly amazing!
Thanks goes to God and to everyone that joins us. Let’s get together to share, listen, talk, give thanks and pray however God leads us.
MS Just Keep Caring – Our Caregivers support group will be the first and third Friday of each month from 10:00 – 10:30am. The next one will be this Friday, September 16th. If you’re a caregiver of someone you love with MS, please join us and share your experience of caring for your loved one. This has been very helpful for many. Thanks to all who participate!
Friday Morning Bike Rides
Let’s continue to ride as long as it’s not raining and above 45 degrees. Now that we’re getting into September, each week we get to ride together is a bonus.
We’ll be meeting Friday mornings at 7:00am at Nettesheim Park in Pewaukee. It’s on the SE corner of Hwy SS and Oak Street. The GPS address is: N26W27495 Prospect Ave, Pewaukee, WI 53072. Come a little early so you can get your bike out of your car and be ready to ride as close to 7:00 as possible. We’ll ride until about 8:45. Let’s ride and have some fun!
The sunrises are pretty amazing this time of the year. Todd was on this 6:00am ride around the lake a couple weeks ago before our 7:00am ride. It was a beautiful morning to be out riding with him.
It’s good to see Traci and Shelley out riding together again! Gloria looks good in the background too 😊
For those of you who wish you could join us but can’t; please know we have you in our hearts on these rides. We’re riding with you and for you. I hope you too can join us someday. We really need to get this MS thing figured out. Let’s keep working on it together.
COVID We’ve all been dealing with this long enough and are very well educated on it by now. Let’s make good choices and be safe.
Please stay home if you have any symptoms or know you’ve been exposed to someone with the virus. Please don’t come until your symptoms go away. Let’s also give each other some space when talking to one another and continue wiping the machines down before and after you use them with disinfectant. Again…let’s be socially responsible and stay safe!
Our Facebook page is private. That means you’ll need to join if you want access to all our fun and progress. Lots of people are doing more and more and sharing of their journey on Facebook. Feel free to join and share your experience and comments. We’re now up to 257 members…awesome! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2639832389489709
Thai Massage with Ricky Heldt Ricky will be here Wednesday and Friday again this week doing Thai Massage. Ricky says he is comfortable to work with you even if you’re not wearing a mask. Ricky will continue to wear one to protect you.
Many continue making great progress with chronic pain relief, range of motion, walking better and a new sense of hope when Ricky works with them. Please keep in mind that consistency is key. Not only with Ricky…with exercise too. We need consistency to realize the benefits long term. We want you to have long term relief.
Ricky has a sign up sheet based on first come first serve. You can pick the time slot that works for you. I highly encourage you to take advantage of Ricky’s Thai Massages each day and sign up for your time slot as soon as you get there.
Reiki with Linda Linda will be here on Fridays doing Reiki. Many people say Linda’s Reiki work is “magical”. We’re thankful for Linda offering her gifts and talents to us. Feel free to let Linda know you’d like to do Reiki with her. She also has a sign up sheet.
Inspirational Humor with Adam Wollert
We’ll be having our inspirational humor zoom call with Adam again next Tuesday. Adam is a gift to all of us.
Please join us if you can.
Tuesdays @ 1:30PM
Here’s the link to join us…I hope you do!
Join Zoom Meeting with this link
Meeting ID: 943 138 9152
Let’s reach out
I encourage you to share a smile and encouragement with someone. Perhaps you could call someone that you haven’t talked with for a while just to say hi and see how they’re doing. We all could use a little extra love and encouragement.
MS is tough. Let’s have faith, remain calm, be flexible, help each other and learn as much as we can about the challenges of each day as we make good choices.
Let’s keep moving and smiling 😊
In God We Trust…we’re in good hands
P.S. This past weekend I found a seagull sitting on a buoy. I thought I would take a picture and share it with you.
I even caught a few fish 😊
For those of you who can’t get out and enjoy nature due your challenges with MS…my heart is with you. You are with me every time I’m out there.