Nutrition Program last week
Alison from Wholesome LLC gave another great presentation on gut health last Wednesday.  Alison sure is gifted with her knowledge about nutrition and the way she shares it with her presentations.  Great job Alison and Thank you!

Here’s a link to Alison’s slides:  the link

Our 3rd Annual Open House was amazing – Thank you volunteers!
It warmed my heart to see so many of you at our open house with your families and friends.

So much planning and preparation went into being able to have this open house.  We’ve had people volunteering in so many ways for many weeks.  I’m so thankful to be surrounded by so many loving, selfless people willing to help.  Thank you to everyone who helped!  It was awesome to see it all come together so nicely.

Once again, Phil did an excellent job sharing stories about some of our friends living with MS  (I wish we could have told everyone’s story).  He also did a great job sharing information about what we’ve done, what we’re doing now and what we plan to do in the future.  Exciting times!

It was fun having Joel and some members of his band playing and singing the song “If Only” that Rick Talbert wrote from the perspective of someone living with MS.  It was awesome to have Brenda, Mike and Rick singing the chorus with them.

Nice pictures Cal!  Thanks for taking them and sharing them.

Like Wednesdays and Fridays, the spirit of love, encouragement, determination and support filled the room.  I’m so thankful and proud to be part of this wonderful group of people.

To think that all this started as a result of Lowell, Jerry, Mary Jo and many of the people from the Westwood Health and Fitness center running club.  They put on an indoor triathlon and wanted to include people with MS.  That was so nice if them!  It was awesome to see so many of the original people who volunteered at the indoor triathlon with us at the open house 10 or 11 years later.  Thanks for being the inspiration to get this started!  You’re all awesome!

To all of you who couldn’t make it to the open house…please know you were missed.  Thanks to Traci, there is a link to the program on our Facebook page if you want to see what you missed.

To all that did come…THANK YOU for coming!  I know that’s not easy for many.  Please thank your family members and friend for me as well.  You all made my day!

Dance Program – The No Fall Recreational Ballroom Dance is this Saturday
Dr Alex Ng from Marquette University has been doing dance programs the past several weeks.  This Saturday is the actual dance.  I hope you will come and have some fun!
Here’s a messgae from Dr Ng:
Hello Dancers and Would Be Dancers,

 What better way to improve your cognition, balance, fitness, and have fun at the same time! As always, let us know if plan on coming to any of our remaining events, but come even if you do not.

 Take care,


Cardio and Balance Programs

These classes are aimed to get everyone exercising together.  I like that word “together” 😊.  We’ll need help from volunteers before and after the cardio 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.  Kate will not be here this Friday so you’re on your own.  Perhaps one of you who have been doing the classes can lead them.
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
It’s going to be too cold this Friday…no ride.  We’re probably done riding until spring.  Let’s work hard indoors all winter so we’re ready to ride again in the spring.

Educational Sessions

This Friday, November 10th  11:00am – Noon.  Mitra Rouhani from Marquette University will be here to present on Red Light Therapy.  Marquette University recently did a study on red light therapy with people with MS.  Mitra will be presenting on the study and the results of the study.  She will also bring some red light units along and hopefully do some demos with them.

Friday, December 8th 11:00am – Noon.  Sheri from UW Stevens Point – here to present on proper body mechanics with transferring.
Sheri agreed to do an in-service/ educational session on Friday, December 8th from 11am – 12pm on proper body mechanics with transferring. This is geared for people with MS, their caregivers, and volunteers. She is a physical therapist who specializes in neuro-rehab and currently teaches at UW Stevens Point.

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!

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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 Friday, November 17th.  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 453 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 with 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’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 are in good hands.

P.S.  I had another lucky week this past week with the camera and nature.  These turkeys were making their rounds in the neighborhood.

I found another nice sunrise Sunday morning on my way out to Nashotah Park.

I was on a walk with Mike Helbig Sunday morning at Nashotah Park.  I got there about 10 minutes before Mike did.  It was a pretty active 10 minutes.  As I walking out on the trail, I saw this coyote.  I wasn’t quite ready with the camera so I didn’t get the best picture but it was still fun to see it.

I went a little further and I had this doe stomping her feet at me.  She kept coming closer.  We ended up pretty close to each other.

I went a little further and saw this nice buck and small deer.

It was hard to believe I saw that many critters in the 10 minutes before I met up with Mike and his dog Gimli.  We walked for a little while and saw these geese in a nice fall setting.

A little further and we saw these nice-looking wood ducks with some fall colors reflecting on the water.

This little chipmunk had quite the appetite for breakfast.

We came across this sandhill crane in a marsh.  I had to focus through the weeds.  I thought it made a nice picture.

This blue jay landed in a tree next to me.  It must have wanted its picture taken.  I can help with that.

On our way out, we noticed the milkweed seeds were flying around.  This one had frost on it earlier and frost was melting.

This one was just hanging out.

Mike, Gimli and I had a nice walk together.

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.