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Major grant helps keep the love light burning.

MS affects more than our bodies. It affects our relationships--none more so than those with our intimate partners. Now, a $2.5 million federal grant for "healthy marriage" will enable the Society to expand programming to help couples improve communication skills and enrich their connection.

The five-year pilot program will include a variety of learning opportunities, beginning with a seven-week communications workshop to improve couples' communication, anger management, and conflict resolution skills.

Next, weekend workshops led by special facilitators will help couples develop a "team approach" to living with the challenges of MS.

Additional learning modules will focus on intimacy, financial planning, employment and--last but not least--how to have fun together.

The workshops will be modeled on the work of Len and Cheryl Chatman, who have presented Living Well with MS to chapters across the country.

The program starts in selected chapters this March. For more information, call 1-800-FIGHT-MS.
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