In honor of World MS Day on May 26, we asked Julie Hare of Napa's Counter Punch, a winery dedicated to the fight against multiple sclerosis, to share the resources that have helped her the most. Here they are in her own words.
Hare, 52, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009. Counter Punch Wines donates 10 percent of proceeds to fighting MS. Go to www.counterpunchwines.com.
1. UCSF MS support group.
"Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree leads this community of positive, proactive people," Hare says. "(Along) with educational topics, it allowed us to interact with people who knew what we were going through." http://multiplesclerosis.ucsf.edu.
2. Pilot study on Stress and Pain Management for People Living With MS
"I learned various coping skills and relaxation techniques, like visualization," Hare says. The study is sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. www.nationalmssociety.org.
3. Free telecounseling sessions
"The counselor helped me accept my diagnosis," Hare says. www.nationalmssociety.org.
4. Webinars and in-person seminars
"These seminars covered beneficial topics such as MS and yoga, relationships and intimacy, benefits of mindfulness and improving mobility," Hare says. www.mscando.org.
5. Attitudinal Health and Healing Support Group
"I benefitted from participating in the local (Napa) group for at least one year," she says. "The 12 principles of ATHH can be found on their website and I use them even today." www.ahinternational.org.