Operating in the Chippewa Valley since 1992.

Our November Support Group Meeting is just a few days away. This Thursday, November 9 at 1 p.m. at the Chippewa Valley Bible Church, 531 East South Ave, Chippewa Falls.

You may be asking yourself why should you come. Maybe you don't want to see other people worse off than yourself, maybe your loved one has died and you don't want to be reminded, maybe its cold outside and you don't want to bother..... there are a multitude of reasons people might choose not to attend a support group, but I want to encourage you to put yourself out there and come anyway.

Many have said our Support Group in not like any other. Other's refer to us like a family. We truly are here to support each other. One time it might be that you may be the one desperately needing some support, the next month, it may be that it will be you providing just the encouragement someone else needs. Your words, your smile, your tears, your advice or simply your presence may give others the strength to carry on. Each of our experiences are unique in many ways, but in so many other ways they are the same.

Morrie Schwartz, a sociology teacher that lived with ALS, taught that community is far more powerful than an individual and that making an impact on that community is far more fulfilling than focusing only on individual goals.

Your presence this Thursday, may be just what someone needed! Maybe that someone will be you or maybe the person sitting next to you, either way, we won't know unless you're there!

Sally Sweet
NW Wisconsin ALS Support Group

Thru the years, people have donated used medical equipment to the NW Wisconsin ALS Support Group. For many years we managed this equipment on our own, but as the loan library grew, we have contracted with the Wisconsin ALS Association for storage and coordination of the equipment in our library. The mobility and ADL equipment is stored in a local warehouse in Eau Claire and communication equipment is cataloged and stored in Milwaukee, but can be sent to you at no charge.

Equipment is loaned, free of charge to anyone with ALS. We only ask that you are registered with the WI ALS Association for record keeping. If you or your loved one are in need of equipment, PLEASE call Donna, our outreach nurse. She can be reached by Phone: 715-271-7257 or Email: alsnwwi@gmail.com. She can check to see if we have something that will meet your needs. Check out this website for ideas on what equipment might be available. The inventory changes quickly, but we will do our best to help you obtain whatever you might need. If what you need isn't in the Lending Library, we may be able to find other resources for you, so please don't hesitate to ask.

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