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'Defying Multiple Sclerosis' author speaks at Women on the Move Luncheon

James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
From left Anne Mageras, Roseanne Wholey, Sandra Bettor and Ronda Giangreco Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the MS Women on the Move Luncheon at LeMont on Mount Washington.

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“Mine is a story of not just coping, but thriving in the face of this disease ... with a whole lot of spaghetti,” shared keynote Ronda Giangreco during the Women on the Move Luncheon.

The foodie and author of “The Gathering Table: Defying Multiple Sclerosis With a Year of Pasta, Wine & Friends” joined event chairwoman Joan Campasano Hoover, co-chairwomen Sandy Bettor and Nancy Weiland, and Western PA MS Society chapter prexy Anne Mageras at LeMont on Sept. 25 for the 11th annual event.

“Every single dinner that I put on, every single week was a victory. During that year, we were having a blast and we forgot to be afraid,” Giangreco said.

Arlene Sokolow, Roseanne Wholey, Beth Kuhn, Nadine Bognar and emcee Ken Rice were among the attendees supporting the goal of creating a world free of MS.

“Find the blessing embedded within that curse,” Giangreco advised. “If there's one thing I learned is this: The path to that dream is rarely wide and easily traversed and we each have a choice — either let those bumps stop us in our path or move beyond them.”

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