MS Society Holds Annual Hartford Luncheon

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ms2 (2) Longtime friends Mary-Lyn Alonzo and Joanne Dunn have their own holiday tradition, lunch at the annual “Greater Hartford Women Against MS Luncheon.”

And that tradition continued for the eight year in a row as the two Simsbury residents along with a table full of friends showed their support for Dunn who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS.)

“We became friends when we had our babies,” explained Alonzo who each year organizes a table for friends to attend the luncheon that this year featured motivational speaker Larissa Nusser, who also has MS. “After she was diagnosed I just started putting a table of friends together every year to support her and the MS society,” said Alonzo. “It’s a way to support her even more.”

More thanms1 (2) 300 women attended the event that included some pre- and post- luncheon on-site boutique shopping at a time when everyone is trying to fit that one extra task into an already busy life.

“Enjoy the moment,” advised Nusser.

“Don’t worry about tomorrow, do what is right in front of you,” said Nusser. “Be here now and enjoy the moment,” she emphasized. “Don’t worry about what else is out there.”

Nusser, who teaches yoga laughter in New York, explained she was wheelchair-bound when she was diagnosed. She adopted a three-lane highway philosophy that has resulted in a busy life that is wheelchair-free.

“It’s about positive thinking, disease modifying therapies and yoga,” she said about her wellness recipe.

And for those who already feel overwhelmed as the season obligations start to pile up?

“Start every day by expressing gratitude,” Nusser said. “Happiness gives you the power to transform your life.”

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