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Multiple sclerosis group forms

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First meeting is Monday, Nov. 18.

By Calen McKinney

She wants to get people together, those who have the disease and those who care for those who do.

Campbellsville resident Peggy Richardson is creating a support group for those who have multiple sclerosis. The group's first meeting will be Monday at Taylor County Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system.

The society's website, www.nationalmssociety.org, states that symptoms can be mild, including numbness in the limbs, to severe, with paralysis or vision loss.

The progress, severity and symptoms of multiple sclerosis are unpredictable and can vary from one person to another.

Richardson said she hopes the group she is creating can offer help to those who are suffering with the disease and educate those who are caring for a friend or family member who has it.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which Richardson is familiar. Her husband, Jim, and her daughter, Karen Grimes, both have it.

"The anxiousness of not knowing what [the disease] holds is really an issue," Richardson said.

Key to being able to live with the disease, she said, is a person understanding the impact it can have on a person. Richardson said she hopes the group she is creating will be a place people with multiple sclerosis can come and share their experiences.

Richardson said new information is regularly published about multiple sclerosis and she hopes to able to share it with the group. She said it's important that family members attend with those who have the disease.

"So they have an idea of what it's like to go through this ... " she said. "I know there's just a lot of issues that need to be addressed."

And Richardson said several people have expressed interest in joining the group. At the meeting on Monday, she said, those attending will discuss setting a regular meeting day and time.

For more information, call Richardson at 465-3741.