MS awareness taking stage at Central Montana Fair

By: 
Charlie Denison
Reporter

Megan Green of Lewistown is ready to tell her story and ready to reach out.

“We can beat this together,” she said. “You’re not alone.”

Green is referring to multiple sclerosis, a disease she was diagnosed with in 2012.

“I’ve been wanting to get a group going and thought now might be the time to do it,” she said.

Why?

Clay Walker, Central Montana Fair’s headlining act, inspires Green, as he was diagnosed with MS in 1996 and has overcome obstacles to continue his career.

This Friday at 1 p.m. in the Trade Center, Green will take the stage, share her story and lead a introduce three guest speakers in town to help raise awareness for those suffering with the condition.

Neurologist Erika Duffy, a Lewistown native who works at St. Vincent in Billings, will speak, as will occupational therapist Heidi Mayton and MT Stockgrowers Association Executive Vice President Errol Rice.

“Errol is another person who has been diagnosed with MS,” Green said. “He’s been in remission for several years. He’s going to share how he manages the disease and how he’s beaten it.”

There are many in Central Montana affected by MS, Green said, which is all the more reason to have this self-help group meeting to “find comfort and strength with your peers as you learn, cope, laugh and celebrate the challenges and successes of live with MS.”

“We welcome people of all ages with all different types of MS,” Green said. “Share your story and learn new ways to live with MS.”

Those interested in meeting after Fridays event can join the support group Green put together with Judith Gap resident Kathy Lee Thursday, Aug. 10 at Six18 Coffeehouse at 10 a.m.

“Anyone’s ideas are welcome,” Green said. “We’d really like to get feedback from the public.”

For more information, call Green at (406) 462-5408.

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