“We Brighten The Future By Honoring The Past”

As a kid growing up, February was a pendulum that swung from far left to right. We’re still in winter and that means snow, but you still have to go to school in the cold. It’s a shorter month so one step closer to spring but it’s still dark earlier in the evening. It’s Black History Month which is big and important, but feels the same every year.

Now that last one I’m sure can go either way with the masses (I’m well aware and that’s ok). Growing up as the only black face in most of my classes and many of my activities, could make February an extremely exhausting month. I found myself Continue reading

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Valentine’s Strawberry Milkshake

Milkshake lovers will love this creamy, delicious strawberry milkshake. The flavors of fresh strawberries mixed with vanilla ice cream and white chocolate is refreshing and yummy. It is the perfect treat to share on Valentine’s Day with someone you love! Continue reading

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Being Self-Aware

I don’t think many people take time for themselves nowadays. I think our society has this rushed, always do, on the go mentality that skews our perception of what is important and what should take priority. For many it’s a natural and human characteristic to want to be a people-pleaser and do for others much of the time. But I think our sense of self gets lost in this and Continue reading

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Ringing the Bells – Small Victories with MS

Ring the Bell for Small Victories with MSBy Kelsey Lawrence

The other day I was sitting, reading on my phone in one of the comfy recliners at my local infusion center while my intravenous drugs dripped steadily in to my IV port. The piercing sound of a bell broke through the relative silence and soft murmurs of the room. A man had received his last chemo treatment for his cancer. Applause broke out in the room, we were all so happy for him. He had reached the finish line of his disease.

But, this got me thinking. I will never, unless something drastic Continue reading

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Hot Artichoke Dip – Recipe of the Month

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Hot Artichoke Dip - Recipe of the MonthIt is hard to believe that 2019 is here and soon we will be watching the Super Bowl. This artichoke dip recipe is a crowd-pleaser and requires very little effort. You can offer tortilla chips, pita chips and veggies to dip into this flavorful goodness. This dip can serve 6-8 people. Continue reading

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Hope in the New Year

Hello, 2019! You got here fast! And I hope you brought some good and positivity with you for the year ahead. Right before the New Year rang in my cell phone died for a period of time in the final hours of 2018. Because I tend to be a bit of a pessimist at times, my first thought was, “Oh great, is this a sign of what 2019 has in store? Because if it is I’m sleeping through it!” My husband, who is definitely a glass half-full type of personality, completely changed my way of thinking. Since I’ve been Continue reading

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So You Made a Resolution

Oh the New Year! Each January 1st millions of people make pacts, decisions and turn over new leaves as a shiny new year looms ahead of them. You may not be the resolutions type. Maybe you think “What’s the point? A majority of New Year’s resolutions go bust anyway.” And you are right. In fact, US News states that roughly 80% of all resolutions made, fail by just the second week of February. 80%, 6 weeks in! That’s nuts. Now there are lots of blogs and how-to lists Continue reading

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Health Insurance Changes – Live Webinar

New Health Insurance Webinar - Copay AccumulatorThere have been a number of updates and dramatic health insurance changes in the past year. Join MSAA, as we present a new webinar on one of these changes:

“What Happened to My Co-Pay Assistance? How Co-Pay Accumulators are Affecting You!”
Thursday, January 31, 2019
8:00 pm (Eastern)

Are you receiving rebates and subsidies to help pay down on your prescription medication? As a result of certain healthcare changes, this may now be in jeopardy. Continue reading

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Seasonal Depression – Ask the Expert

Featuring Miriam Franco, PsyD MSCS
Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst
Member of MSAA’s Healthcare Advisory Council

Question: Is Seasonal Depression a real thing?

Answer: Yes, it is. Approximately 5% of the U.S. population experiences Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) per year.  SAD is believed Continue reading

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Meet the Board

Monica Derbes GibsonMSAA strives to be a leading resource for the entire MS community by improving lives today through vital services and support. We could not accomplish this without the help of our volunteer board members. MSAA’s Board of Directors is comprised of accomplished professionals from across the country who volunteer their time to further MSAA’s mission. With our ongoing series, Meet the Board, we hope to introduce you to our wonderful volunteer board members! Continue reading

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