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Having covered health-related stories for almost 20 years, I have observed one constant: the value of support groups. It’s clear that there is strength in numbers. Together, people learn about therapies, disease management tips, specialty providers and more that others have tried and found either worth one’s while or not worth bothering with. There is also the camaraderie that grows out of shared experience. These groups also may provide a better understanding of the condition for others in the family, and help them manage their emotional and physical needs. After all, caregiving can be a taxing and lonely road. Moreover, loved ones want to be their loved one’s best partner, and this can help. So, when the diagnosis is multiple sclerosis, think about reaching out. Not only can you learn information your doctor may not provide, but you’ll be doing others in the group ‘a solid’. Yes, you help empower them, as they help you. The National MS society has an office in Albany at 421 New Karner Road, Suite 6. You can reach the office by calling 1-800-344-4867 or email nyr@nullnmss.org .  Remember, there is strength in numbers.

Benita Zahn, DPS-Bioethics

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