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Dr. Donnica to Moderate First Summit on Living with MS in Your 20s and 30s

Dr. Donnica Moore will moderate the first-ever Real Talk, Real Answers: Living with MS in Your 20s and 30s summit on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel (999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001). Hosted by The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, together with MS LifeLines, the summit will give young adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) an opportunity to hear from experts on both health and life decisions that matter most to them, including relationships, intimacy, career issues and wellness.

Real-life concerns, like the best way to tell someone you're dating that you have MS, not wanting to go out with friends after a long day at work and worrying that MS will limit career prospects, will be addressed. There will also be a question and answer session where attendees will have a chance to talk with these experts, as well as other young adults living with MS nationwide. The summit is free of charge and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Family and friends are welcome.

Young adults in their 20s and 30s with MS are faced with unique challenges, especially when it comes to relationships, their careers and their overall health and well-being. They are often looking to connect with other people going through similar challenges and to find examples of how others cope with MS. MS is a chronic, progressive disease of the central nervous system that affects an estimated 400,000 Americans. Every hour, someone is newly diagnosed, according to the National MS Society.

To engage young adults with MS from across the country, the summit will be broadcast via a live, interactive webcast. Webcast participants will have an opportunity to watch the presentations and participate in the discussion from their individual computers.

Dr. Donnica Moore, nationally recognized health expert and founder and president of DrDonnica.com, will moderate questions and comments, and facilitate an interactive panel discussion of three experts as well as a panel of young adults with MS who will talk candidly about their experiences living with this disease. Expert panelists include Peggy Crawford, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research, Cleveland Clinic Foundation who will provide a candid look at how MS affects intimacy and relationships. Carol Sames, PhD, Director, Vitality Fitness Program, SUNY Upstate Medical University, will provide an overview of the benefits of a total approach to wellness, including exercise and nutrition. Rosalind Joffe, Founder and Principal of CIcoach.com and a noted career coach for those with disabilities, will discuss strategies for managing your career with MS and provide tips for career success

To attend the live event in Washington DC, RSVP by November 6, 2006 to the National Capital Chapter: (202) 296-9891 or email ABell@msandyou.org. To participate in the webcast, log onto www.RealTalkRealAnswers.com.

MS LifeLinesSM is a free educational resource sponsored by Serono and Pfizer, developed for people with MS by people with MS.

Created: 11/5/2006  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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