It's almost time for the MSF's annual Cruise for a Cause! If you can't be with us this year, but want to get a good idea of what the cruise is all about, stay tuned: I'll be updating every day from the ship, Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, starting Monday, Feb. 9. Look for my blog on LiveJournal, as well as the MSF's Facebook and MySpace pages.
Although the cruise lasts just one week, the MSF staff prepares all year for those seven days. Most of our materials for the week have already been sent ahead to the port and although the boxes were big enough to fit a person or two, they mostly contained goodies for our cruisers. No MSF stowaways allowed!
Although most of our things are already waiting to board the ship, my husband is still tripping over my bags at home; in addition to everything else a person could possibly need for seven days at sea, (raincoat, swimsuit, sweater, flip-flops – check, check, check, check) I'll also be bringing along the MSF video set-up, a camera, lots of notebooks and, of course, my laptop so that we can share the highlights with you here, on our website, www.msfocus.org, and in our quarterly magazine, MSFocus.
There is going to be so much to tell you about! Along with our other expert speakers, we are excited to be bringing aboard an entire group from the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute at Shepherd in Atlanta, Georgia. Our cruisers are going to learn about what treatments are in the pipeline for treating MS, as well as attend seminars on specific symptoms, such as bladder and bowel problems, difficulty speaking and swallowing, and cognition. In the mornings we'll be working out with personal trainer Jeff Segal. Two of our very special guests, Dr. Karen Thrower and Katie Masterson, will talk about how MS impacts a family and MSF Peer Counselor Jim Masterson, Katie's dad, will lead a support group meeting on board. All that between stops at three Western Caribbean islands!
It's going to be a blast, but if you can't wait to find out more about the cruise, check out our video of last year's trip at http://www.msfocus.org/programs_cruise.php
. And don't forget to keep checking back here!