Sharing Session about our “Day of Endurance” was fun!
I’m still taking in the Day of Endurance and reflecting on all the good that came of it.  Our sharing session last Friday was a lot of fun and for me…emotional.  You all know I get that way.  It was fun hearing about each other’s experiences from such different perspectives.

I was excited to hear that everyone was fine the next day.  It sounds like Todd might have been a little tired but that’s understandable.  He stayed up pretty late. 😊

I was really excited to hear that Mary walked 93 feet outside and her daughter was there to measure it.  She usually doesn’t walk outside.  How awesome is that?

Let’s work hard and see how far you can walk next year Mary.  We have something to look forward to. 😊

Did you get to meet my Mom?
It was awesome having my Mom there with us.  She has been loving me and supporting me and my creative ideas my whole life.  Many times she can’t understand why I would do some of the things I do.  This became very clear to her at the Day of Endurance when she experienced that it’s about so much more than the physical accomplishments we do.  She really appreciated the love, support, encouragement, community, accomplishments, joy and so much more.  Thanks for being with us Mom.  I love you!

Bonnie says THANKS so much!
Bonnie was surprised when the flower delivery person arrived at our door on Saturday with a card and many kind, sentimental words and signatures along with a big beautiful flower arrangement.

Bonnie is always behind the scenes doing so much for me and so many other people.  She never asks for anything in return.  She does way more than I do and makes me look good all the time.  Bonnie was very surprised and appreciated the nice card, sentimental words and beautiful flowers.  Thanks to all for doing that for her!  You’re so kind and thoughtful.

Nutrition program tomorrow @ 11:00
Alison from Wholsome LLC will be back tomorrow for another nutrition program.  Alison will be going over the importance of protein and the best places to get protein from for us living with MS.

Please join us as Alison always does such a nice job explaining what’s critical to us living with MS and why from a nutrition perspective.  Alison will make her presentation slides available after the presentation.  I’ll send them out on next week’s e-mail.

Cardio and Balance Programs
We will be doing the cardio and balance programs again this week.

These classes are aimed to get everyone exercising together. We’ll need help from volunteers before and after the aerobics class on Wednesday to get members on and off equipment. All are welcome and encouraged to join.

Wednesdays  10-10:30am: Cardio exercise
Location: in the big room using aerobic equipment in front of big TV
Pick your favorite piece of equipment to use, bring a water bottle, and arrive a few minutes early to get the equipment set up to your height. 

Fridays: balance training and core strengthening
10-10:30 am: seated balance class
10:30 – 11am: standing balance class
Pick the class / classes you feel most able and comfortable participating in. We will have chairs set up to sit on and/or use for balance support. 

Email Kate at with any questions.

Friday Morning Bike Ride
Hopefully, after all the Day of Endurance achievements, we’ll have more people join us on our Friday morning bike rides.  Let’s start building for next year.  If you’d like to ride with us next year, let’s get started now.

Let’s leave the parking lot earlier again this week.  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!

Let’s meet Friday morning at 6:45 and be ready to ride by 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.

Again, for those 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.

Our Bryant Stratton PT Assistant students are coming back Wednesday
We all love it when Dr. Sarah Andreucci, Dr McKenzie Dekker, Dr Becky Thomas and the PT Assistant students from Bryant Stratton College join us.  They will be joining us on Wednesdays for this next semester starting tomorrow.  Let’s learn from them and help them learn about MS from us.  Thank you so much to Dr Sarah, Dr McKenzie, Dr Becky and all the students!

Educational Sessions

Friday, September 8th – Dr Ian Duncan – 11:00 – noon.  Dr Ian Duncan, a lifelong researcher of MS will speak on current and exciting research happening for us living with MS.  Dr. Duncan spent much of his career researching re-myelination.  Dr Duncan also made a documentary about people with MS and exercise using Nordic Skiing called “Multiple Sclerosis, The Vikings and Nordic Skiing”.

Friday, September 22nd – Tom Holtackers – 11:00 – noon.  Tom will share with us his experiences and knowledge about “Finding Meaning in your life as it relates to MS.”

Friday, October 6th – To be determined

Friday, October 20th – Dr Ahmed Obeidat – 11:00am – noon.

Future topics could include: emotional health, nutrition, yoga, tai chi, wellness topics, safe use of gym equipment for your body, best exercise for you and more.  What topics would you like to see?  Please let Joan, Traci, Ricky or Dan know

Let’s get together!
We’ll be getting together from 9:00am – noon on Wednesday and Friday mornings at the gym.  I hope you’ll join us!

Wisconsin Metal Parts – Westmound Building
MS-Just Keep Moving, Inc.
W228N791 Westmound Drive
Waukesha, WI 53186

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 Friday, September 15th.  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!

Our Facebook page is private.  That means you’ll need to join if you want access to all our fun and progress.  We’re now up to 417 members.  That’s awesome!

Our Facebook page is very active and fun.  Lots of people are doing more and sharing their journey on Facebook.  Feel free to join, post and share your experiences and comments.

There were some awesome pictures, videos and comments shared again this past week.  Thank you to all who are sharing!

Thai Massage with Ricky Heldt
Ricky will be here Wednesday and Friday doing Thai Massage.

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 benefits and relief.

Ricky has a sign up board 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 sharing 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.  Thanks to all who joined us today!

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
Passcode: 3qP2hu
Phone:   1-312-626-6799

Let’s reach out
I encourage you to share a smile and encouragement with someone.  Perhaps you could call someone that you have not talked with for a while just to say hi and see how they are doing.  We all could use a little extra love and encouragement.

MS is tough.  Let us 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 are in good hands.

P.S.  I got back outside to spend some time in nature with my camera this past weekend.  I saw this Great Blue Heron and Egret sitting in a tree discussing what’s for lunch.

The Egret went out looking for some food

The sunflowers are beautiful right now

I saw this deer right at dusk.  Of course, he saw me too

I had to wait quite a while for this monarch butterfly to open its wings…it finally did!

The early morning shadows on an alfalfa field are always fun

It was fun seeing these two deer at sunrise

I heard a nut drop and looked in that direction.  It pays to be alert and check out where the noise came from.  This guy must have dropped the shell of the nut

For those 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.  I enjoy being out there and I also enjoy sharing with you.  I know how hard it is not to be able to get out and enjoy nature.  Let’s enjoy nature and God’s beauty together this way.