EFCN Monthly Meeting

Thursday, November 29th, 2018 8:00 AM

Possibilities: A Way Forward 

Susan Simmons made a name for herself in open-water swimming. Last year, she swam Juan de Fuca Strait in 10 hours and six minutes. That’s an extraordinary feat for anyone, but for Susan, it’s an even more notable accomplishment given the fact that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 12 years ago. 

Today, she works tirelessly to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, health and wellness. Come hear more of Susan’s story and insights she has gained to help others explore possibilities and find a way forward.


At the time she received the diagnosis, Susan found herself struggling to walk a block and she was confined to her home. Her doctor told her to avoid stress, and she struggled with her ailment for ten years. Eventually, she decided to try to regain her health, so she changed her diet and resumed exercising. The trouble with exercise is, most MS sufferers are heat-sensitive, which means they must avoid getting hot. 

Her solution? Swimming in cool water. Swimming was a childhood passion: She was a competitive swimmer in her youth.

She started with 20 lengths a day. Then she joined a swim team and found a coach. Finally, she began distance swimming and “can I do the distance” became her motto.

Today, she is an inspiration to many.

Meeting Location: The Wellesley Of Victoria - Retirement Home

2800 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8T 5B5

The entrance door for EFCN is on Market Street between Nanaimo Street and Blanshard Street.

Our EFCN sign and/or the helpful Wellesley staff will direct you to the room. Be sure to come a little earlier (we suggest 7:30) to allow yourself time to arrive and visit before the meeting starts at 8:00 am.


There is parking around and about the building, and Long and McQuade has generously offered their upper parking area on the corner of Market Street and Nanaimo Street.