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MS support groups provide people with MS and their families an opportunity to share their MS experiences with those who can understand and identify with them.  Support group meetings are designed to be educational, fun, and positive. The MSF has a network of more than 100 independent support groups nationwide, and each one is unique.

In addition to supporting their members, MSF support groups are frequently active in raising awareness of MS in their communities.  Many groups participate in National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month each March.

Anyone with MS can start a support group and become a leader. Through the MSF Independent Support Group Program, new support group leaders are trained and receive ongoing support for their meetings.  They also learn how to expand their memberships. Having a co-leader without the condition is permitted.

Each support group meeting is a little different – some are educational with speakers, others are more social, and some are a little of both. In addition, many support groups welcome participation from friends and family members.

If you would like to start a support group, or if you would like to add your support group to our directory, contact MSF Support Group Coordinator Alissa Ayden at alissa@msfocus.org or call 888-673-6287.  If you are looking for an existing support group to join, search our interactive support group directory below.  Please call the contact person for the support group you are interested in to confirm date, time, and location.

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CANTON

"Made Stronger" Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
Canton Harvester Inn
150 North Main Street

Contact: Tammy 309-231-1360 - blt87sbcglobal.net
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Meets: First Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time & location. Our group welcomes ALL who are affected by MS. We exist to provide support in a caring environment, to learn from each other and from speakers, and to motivate, empower, and uplift each other; and, of course, to have FUN!

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CHICAGO

African Americans Living With MS Support Group
Maple Park United Methodist Church
Lower Level Fellowship Hall, 11705 S Elizabeth St.

Contact: Charmaine 773-544-8751 / charloft113@aol.com
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Meets: Last Thursday of the month 7:00 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, & location. Our mission: To enrich the quality of life for African Americans affected by Multiple Sclerosis. To be a lifeline and a resource of information, and to aid in socialization for African Americans living with MS. All MS individuals are welcomed. Handicapped parking/ramp in rear of church.

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CHICAGO

I Can MS Support Group
Loretto Hospital (in the auditorium)
645 South Central Avenue

Contact: Gloria or Kwesi 773-626-4007 / gloriajc.mcadoo@yahoo.com
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Meets: Second Tuesday of the month 6:00 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, & location. Our MS support group focuses on what we can do. MS may impair us physically but we can continue to grow mentally and spiritually. We believe that together we can overcome the challenges that MS brings into our lives. Our meetings are educational and enlightening. We welcome all people with MS, their families and friends.

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PARK FOREST

Park Forest MS Support Group
Park Forest Library (Conference Room)
400 Lakewood Boulevard

Contact: Pamela 708-679-1475/ pamela60411@yahoo.com
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Meets: Fourth Saturday of the month 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Comments: Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, & location. Our mission is to be there to encourage newly diagnosed people; to let them know that they can make it. There are no two days alike, but if we can accept the challenges we face with MS and make the necessary changes, we can conquer. Remember the three "F's": faith, family and friends - all play a huge part in succeeding mentally as well as physically.

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SPRINGFIELD

Springfield Area of Central Illinois MS Support Group
Sacred Heart Convent
1237 W. Monroe Street

Contact: Debi-Lynn 217-622-9474 / 217-522-3132 / usew2@hotmail.com
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Meets: Second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, & location. Our group's aim is to be supportive to each other. We work as a team to learn, teach, and understand life with MS. We have great social activities to be enjoyed by all. Our friends, care partners and family are part of our wonderful support team. Together we will help each other to enjoy life with compassion, love, peace, joy, and sadness through the daily challenges we face. Our spirits will not be broken.

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