CANNON FALLS, Minn. —Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that primarily affects the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Due to its unpredictability, the disease may impact individuals in different ways causing feelings of loneliness or frustration for both the patient and the caregiver.
An MS support group will be offered at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls to provide a safe place where individuals living with MS or those caring for someone with MS can come together to make connections and share their experiences.
The MS Support Group will meet on Thursday, September 1 at 4 p.m. in the lower level conference room at Mayo Clinic Health System, 32021 County 24 Blvd, Cannon Falls, MN. Group sessions are scheduled for the first Thursday of every third month, with additional sessions scheduled for Dec. 1, 2016 and Mar. 2, 2017.
The group will be mediated by Theresa Bentz, an occupational therapist, and Alicia Bonderson, a physical therapist, both with Mayo Clinic Health System. The sessions have been designed around the needs and wants of the participants. “Our vision is to have patients and caregivers engage in meaningful dialogue and share questions, concerns and learn from each other,” says Bentz.
Bentz and Bonderson will not provide any medical treatment or recommendations during these sessions. They will act as moderators in leading group discussions and provide educational materials and access to additional resources.
The MS Support Group is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call 507-263-6000.