Because Quest is national in scope, and because hundreds of MDA events are held each year in communities across the country, we simply don’t have the space to mention them. Check with your local MDA office to be sure you’re receiving your local newsletter or other mailings for announcements of events in your area.
Many readers tell us they find the ads in Quest informative. They show products you may need and tell you where to get more information. They touch on many of the key areas in living with neuromuscular diseases — mobility, transportation, communication, bathroom convenience and accessibility, respiration, travel, sleep, transfers and much more.
Of course, the primary reason for ads is economic. Magazines sell ad space, and the income from advertisers helps pay for printing and mailing. Since 1995, ads in Quest have brought in more than $2.7 million for MDA, which helps us to produce Quest and deliver it to you.
When you do contact a Quest advertiser, please be sure to say you saw the ad in Quest. That kind of feedback encourages those companies to invest more in our magazine.
With more than 40 diseases in MDA’s program, and only four issues of Quest per year, you can see that it’s logistically impossible to do a major feature on each disease very often. Our larger articles on research and medical topics usually are chosen because there’s a significant new development in a disease, or because new insights apply to more than one disease.
Every issue of Quest reports new findings in “Research Updates,” so be sure to look over that department for mentions of the disorder that interests you. If you haven’t seen a “Research Updates” item about your disease in a while, that’s because the scientists haven’t reported anything new — yet. When they do, you’ll read about it in Quest or the MDA/ALS Newsmagazine.
Quest magazine is absolutely free to everyone who’s registered with MDA. If you aren’t getting your copy by mail, notify your local office. They’re responsible for getting correct, updated address information to us.
We don’t place the magazine on newsstands because the subject matter is specialized and wouldn’t appeal to a mass audience; however, both the magazine is available at your local MDA office and your MDA clinic. If you don’t see it there, ask.
The lovely thing about a magazine is that you can hold onto it for as long as you wish. If a story doesn’t apply to your situation now, you may still want to read it later. Or you can flag articles that you’d like to reread, or ads for products that may be needed in the future.
It’s a feature we started in 2005 to present stories that didn’t fit in the limited space of Quest's print version. Instead of omitting them, we put them online — giving you an extra serving of Quest. Past issues — all still online — have featured e-books, publishing your life story, IEP preparations and more.
If you don’t have access to the Internet, but you’d like to read a Quest Extra story, you can ask at your local MDA office for someone to print it out and send it to you.
We write about “real people” as much as possible. Quest usually looks for those whose stories are a little different or special. And when we write about subject areas such as parenting or job hunting, we interview people who’ve had experiences in those areas.
Of course, the “real people” question works both ways. Reading about someone else’s coping strategies may inspire you; by the same token, your experiences can inform other readers.
You’re a real person. Let’s hear from you.
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