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At twenty-three, Yesenia Ramos from Edmond, Oklahoma, reflects on her life with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a condition she was diagnosed with at the tender age of six. Her Mexican heritage is a significant source of pride, and she lives with her supportive parents and an older brother who also has FA. Yesenia’s path to diagnosis...
My 9 Tips for a Brain-Boosting DietIf you missed Part 1 (our previous blog), we explored what a TBI is, what role neuronutrition plays in recovery, and considered some frequently asked questions about TBI recovery and nutrition.  In this, Part 2, we’ll dive into the juicy stuff – the food! Plus we’ll consider a few...
Fatigue is the shadow of ataxia, but within that shadow, we can discover the strength to shine. Living with ataxia, a neurological disorder that impairs movement and coordination, comes with special difficulties that go beyond physical symptoms.  Constant fatigue is one of the most common and confusing symptoms that people with ataxia face.  It’s important to...
The Seemingly Prolonged Road To Recovery Have you or someone close to your heart faced the challenge of a traumatic brain injury?  Perhaps concerns about Alzheimer’s, dementia, or depression might be casting a shadow on your thoughts. In a world where our cognitive abilities play a pivotal role in our personal and professional lives, it...
Natural Sugars vs. Sugar Additives By now, most people are aware that not all calories are created equal. A calorie from a baked potato will have a different effect on the body than one from a whole egg. But what about sugar? Are all sugars created equal? Is the sugar we get from an apple...
What is a Concussion? A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI or mTBI) that occurs when the brain experiences a sudden movement or impact within the skull.  It can result from a blow to the head, a violent shaking of the head and upper body, or a forceful impact that causes the...
Researchers at UMass Lowell are studying whether a small natural molecule could treat a genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness and progressive nervous system damage.  Funded by a $313,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Asst. Prof. Yuho Kim and his team are investigating the potential of a natural molecule, hinokitiol, to alleviate mitochondrial...
In a touching narrative published on April 23, 2020, Jodie Kawa shares her journey with Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 2 (SCA2), shedding light on the impact of the disease on her life and the strength she finds in her community. Jodie’s awareness of Ataxia began at age ten when she learned of her mother’s diagnosis and...
In part 1 of this special two-part series, I exposed two surprising truths about anxiety and introduced you to additional considerations that can negatively affect mental health. If you missed it, be sure to check out the two little-known secrets I revealed last time here– that anxiety can be a good thing, and that it...
Rare Disease Day: An Insight into SDG Resources and Global Awareness Initiatives Rare Disease Day is an annual global event that brings attention to rare diseases and the millions of people affected by them. It is held on the last day of February, with the primary aim of raising awareness among the general public, healthcare...
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To continuously empower others on building healthy lifestyles where personal/spiritual growth is prioritized, the pursuit of positive mind-body change is valued, and the notion of making the most out of life is a core motivation. In addition, to raise overdue Ataxia Awareness and spark meaningful perspective shifts that both present-day society and future generations can mutually benefit from.

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