A couple more comments:
Thanks again, Shayk, for the link to the Nancy Davis Foundation MS Roundtable this Saturday, 3 May, 2008.
The roundtable lineup includes some of the biggest names in MS research in the U.S., both west coast and east coast, and I'm definitely going to be there. I hope to have the time this week to read papers by the panelists to find out what their special areas have been, and to prepare some questions to ask them. I'm relatively new at this little hobby (!), so I feel a bit underqualified compared to some of the folks here, but I'm going to get as much out of the "roundtable" as I can.
gwa, you wrote:
"There are quite a few sites that cater to Americans and you should be able to Google oodles of them if you are interested in trying to find geographical groups of people. "
Could you tell me some examples of sites that cater to Americans on a local basis? That sounds very useful, and somehow I haven't found anything local other than the local chapter of the National MS Society. The NMSS-So Cal chapter should be a clearinghouse for So Cal information, but they have NO mention of the Roundtable on their "Events" calendar. I sent them an e-mail about that last night; I'm looking forward to their reply.
Lastly, if what GWA says is true, and there are hordes of silent Americans lurking and reading this site, I'd like to encourage them to step forward and participate. It might be the first time in history that Americans had a l tendency to be reticent in contrast with other cultures, but, if that's the case, I say, "Come out, come out, wherever you are."
I really like this site, and I really like the English, the Irish, the Aussies, the Canadians, the entire Anglophone diaspora, but please, shy Americans, speak up! Especially if you have PPMS (Primary Progressive MS), and REALLY especially if you're in California / Los Angeles (advocating for my local MS community...even if they're not here yet).
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