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May 20th 2013:Multiple Sclerosis, Family Conversations about Care

Ann Stewart is chapter manager of the www.mssociety.ca/en, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada , Lethbridge & District Chapter. Norine Thomason has been caregiver to her husband Bill since he was diagnosed in 1969 with multiple sclerosis. They share their personal stories and explain the work of the MS Society. They highlight the most challenging of the challenges to quality of life for people living with MS, their family caregivers, and their families. They discuss the support most needed by people living with MS and their family caregivers to help them overcome the challenges to their quali

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Ann Stewart

Ann Stewart is a social worker with a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University. After practicing in social work with the state of Montana, she moved to Alberta. For the past twenty years, she’s been executive director/client services serving the stakeholders of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Lethbridge & District Chapter. She’s developed programming according to members’ needs and requests. The programs include support groups for persons and young adults with multiple sclerosis, and in connection with chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency. The programs include support for caregivers, friendly visiting to persons with multiple sclerosis in long-term care, and
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Norine Thomason

Norine Thomason has been caregiver to her husband Bill since he was diagnosed in 1969 with multiple sclerosis, which progressed significantly over time. They are very supportive of each other. She says that the family has worked around the challenges of MS and tried to carry on as normally as possible, although caring proved difficult at times. The breadwinner in the family, she worked as an elementary school administrative assistant until she retired several years ago. Her workplace offered her the flexibility to attend to him when needed. She realized that she couldn’t advance her career because she needed to be able to go home to him at a moment’s notice. She raised two children and acted
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