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Sessions with Dr Gretchen Hawley


Staying on track – how to set goals and keep motivated  - Monday 20 September at 2pm 

In our next information session ‘Staying on track’, Dr Gretchen Hawley will be talking about how to identify specific exercise goals, stay consistent and measure the success along the way. 

Our previous information sessions on topics such as spasticity, fatigue, hand therapy and strength offered explanations into possible problem areas. This session will look at the ‘how’, in order to improve the areas important to you. This could be improving daily tasks such as standing, walking or transferring, or more specific parameters such as balance, strength or endurance when performing certain activities. 

Dr Hawley will break these down into six tips that will help people get back on track and stay motivated with their exercise routines. The six tips are: 

1. Pick one thing and start small 

2. Pick a time that works for you 

3. Think positive thoughts before, during, and after 

4. Create your "why" 

5. Remind yourself of your "proof" 

6. Surround yourself with positive success stories and personal development 


We will then finish the session with twenty minutes for question and answers. 

We hope you can join us for this session that will aim to help sticking to an exercise routine much easier, keep motivated, measure the outcomes and most of all enjoy what you do! 

If you can’t make the session live, don’t worry as we will be recording the presentation and will make it available to watch again for all those registering in advance. 

We have a suggested donation is £5 for this information session, but you can make a donation of your choosing from £1 to attend. 

If you would like to know more about this session or would like help in registering, please email  


About Dr Hawley 

A Doctor of Physical Therapy, with years of clinical practice experience, Gretchen is a Physical Therapist and Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist through the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centres based in the USA. 

She has a special interest in the management and wellness of MS patients, and presents as the Keynote Speaker at numerous MS events including Living Well With MS events sponsored by the MS Society in addition to MS Views & News. Other collaborations include national MS organisations, including the National MS Society, MS Association of America, and MS Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Gretchen shares her expertise to MS support groups, podcasts, and on her own YouTube and social media channels. 

If you would like to know more about Dr Hawley please visit Dr Hawley’s website The MSing Link.  

Please note we will be recording the presentation and will make it available for you to watch again. 

Please see the feedback from our previous information sessions from Dr Hawley that included 'Neuroplasticity and changes with exercise' and ‘Exercise - the difference between regular and functional exercise’ 

“Just a note to say how inspiring I found this presentation to be. Having had MS for approx 30 years. I must admit to feeling fairly sceptical that I would hear anything new. In fact, it wasn’t so much that this was all definitely new, but it was the way it was conveyed to people like me. I think it took away a continual feeling of failure and replaced it with a new mindset.” – Chris 

“A really excellent presentation. Incredibly informative and made so much sense.” - Participant 

“I thought yesterday's presentation was fantastic. The Dr was inspiring and enlightened me to things I've being doing not quite right for years. I certainly took a lot away from it and thoroughly enjoyed listening.” – Pam 

“Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated Gretchen's talk on neuroplasticity this week.  I had rather given up on exercise as not really helping me (I am in my 70's) but Gretchen's advice has motivated me to try again and try better. So, I am resuming my exercises and paying more attention to carrying them out correctly.  She was spot on about the need to change one's mindset too. I do equate walking with fatigue and difficulty and should endeavour to get out of this negative thinking cycle.” – Participant 

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