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Prof G are you speaking?
No not at this meeting. I am away at another meeting in Spain.
Why do the Asians need their own MS Society? I thought were all meant to be in it together? The Big MS Society!
We are all in it together.The Asian MS works within the realms of the "MS Society" and just as the MS Society has lots of different branches, some can appeal to differnt interests and different sensitivities.It is not wrong if some people want Asian-oriented meetings. There are other branches meetings and websites aimed at Gay MSers, Scottish MSers, Yorkshire MSers, Young MSers, Essex MSers etc Having been to the last Asian MS meeting there were people there from different ethnic backgrounds and we all got to sample some greatAsian Inspired food and talk.Likewise some of the Asian MS community have been very supportiveand very involved in our teaching and other activies.MS shows not respect for anybody whatever colour, but we can be different
This has happened before on this blog, last year I think, when there was a lot of hostility towards the Asian community for having their own MS organisation within the main organisation.People need to tread carefully when debating the justification for an independent Asian MS Society because it often comes across as belligerent and bigoted.Being Asian and having MS can, at times, be very difficult because we have specific cultural, religious and language issues that have to be dealt with more delicately.I have never been to an Asian MS meeting but I'm glad they exist. I actually wish the Asian MS Society had more of a presence. I have always thought that the 'Cake Break' should become the 'Somosa and Jalebee Brek'.
I don't even know what the Asian MS Society is/ does. Can non Asians come along? Is there any point?
"I don't know what the Asian MS society is".It is just like many other support group. Please see the MS Society website. It only takes a few minutes of searching to find the answer http://www.mssociety.org.uk/ms-support/support-groups/asian-msIs their any point? Well the people (including non-asians) I (a non-asian) met during my visit seemed to have a positive experience. If it was not worthwhile people would not attend.Why not write(email) to them and get a newsletter, they have a new one.
There is also other special support groups such as GLAMS (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) and mutual support for our armed forces men and women and if you want to find other support groups near you check outhttp://www.mssociety.org.uk/near-me
And a Jewish one:Details: Rishon Multiple Sclerosis Aid Group - for Jewish people and their supporters.Address: Rishon MS Aid Group8 Garatt's road, Bushey HeathHERTS WD23 4LATel: 020 8950 9212 Fax: 020 8950 9212Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a number of other Jewish Support groups in the North London area alone. I know as I hsve been to talk with some of them them. It is great that there are lots of support groups across the UK and the rest of the world. I met a few of the guys on the CCSVI protest at the weekend, they were passionate and supportive of each other