There’s a lot to learn after a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
It has been about a year since she got her official diagnosis, and for Toni Quesenberry and others with MS, every day is different.
“Education is the key of everything,” she believes, and she has certainly put that advice into action. Researching this chronic disease of the central nervous system, she also keeps herself informed on the latest treatment options, knowing those medicines can make the difference in daily living.
She is also active in the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Virginia (MSAV), which offers ongoing sessions for those with MS and others affected by the disease – from caregivers and family to friends. MSAV, which was created by another Floyd County resident, Suzanne O’Connell, has its 4th Annual Conference & Symposium set for August 2-5 at Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke. Included among the weekend’s activities are breakout sessions from MS scientist Alban Gaultier and seven neurologists, also the popular Cinderella’s Closet, an old-time sock hop, swimming, yoga, makeovers, meals, a children’s suite and more. Registration is available at http://www.msallianceofva.org. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children.
Quesenberry said the event is not only informative, but also a special retreat for all involved. Some of them view it as a mini-vacation. For those who do not choose to stay in the hotel, a hospitality suite is provided. “We have a place for people to go who want to get away from all the noise.”
Cinderella’s Closet makes it possible for “everyone to feel like a queen or king for the night,” Quesenberry commented. Developed by O’Connell, the closet includes formal attire that has been donated to the cause throughout the year.
Quesenberry said one of her first symptoms was vertigo, and from there she went to MS. The transition was sudden and drastic. “A light bulb went off overnight, and everything changed.”
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