The Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church is hosting a monthly support group for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church is hosting a monthly support group for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The meetings are open to anyone with MS and are being held from 10:30 a.m. to noon the second Wednesday of every month in room 222 at the church, 1636 Graham Road.

The support group was formed by Reynoldsburg resident and church member Eva Phillips.

A former special education teacher with Canal Winchester schools, Phillips, 59, was diagnosed with MS 12 years ago.

"I went on disability from teaching and I was kind of struggling to find my way and what was I going to do and everything so I thought I'd start an MS support group," Phillips said. "I told pastor Dr. Carl Wiley and he asked me to look into it and said if he could find me a room, would I do it and I said sure. A week later he had a room for me."

The support group of three or four members has met since January.

Phillips said the purpose of the meetings is so those with MS can share stories and discuss issues they might be experiencing with the illness.

"What you get from the group is just support, that you're not alone, that when you have symptoms, you can talk about those," Phillips said. "We talk about everyday activities - like, one person can't drive any more and so we talk about how to be independent and how to continue to be a part of what's going on and not to say, 'I've got an illness here and I don't want to give up.'"

Phillips said the group also discusses issues related to different medications available to treat the illness and keep up to date an the latest news surrounding treatments.

"We want to keep updated on what's new and maybe it will be something we can use and it would help," she said.

One of her goals is to get the word out to more people with the illness is because she feels the support group has been effective so far.

"Once you're diagnosed, you have this for the rest of your life and you have to become aware," Phillips said. "The first thing you'll be told is to get on some type of therapy to keep the MS from progressing. What happens is, your whole body is attacking the nerves in your brain, for what reasons they don't know so we want to raise awareness because you are not alone," she said.

People interested in joining the support group can attend the meetings, email Phillips at or call the church at (614) 866-5864.