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Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu I have mentioned Neurofeedback therapy in past articles and now that I have completed a few sessions, I wanted to expand on my experience. As always, I am trying to learn what treatments and therapies are working for everyone. If...
In a heartwarming story shared by Jason Wolfer, we meet Mary Scheetz, a resilient individual living with Spinocerebellar Ataxia number Eight in Portland, Oregon.  Mary’s journey with Ataxia began over a decade ago, marked by a series of symptoms that gradually led to her diagnosis. Reflecting on her experience, Mary recalls the onset of food...
In a touching narrative shared by the National Ataxia Foundation, we meet the Ruehl family—Susan, Charlie, and Mary—as they courageously navigate the challenges of living with Ataxia. The journey begins with Susan’s recollection of noticing her children, Charlie and Mary, experiencing difficulties with balance and movement during their teenage years. Despite initial dismissals, Susan’s instincts...
Sam Blade, a vibrant 25-year-old from Sydney and Melbourne, graciously shares his journey with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) in an interview with FARA Ambassador Dragana Obadic. Diagnosed at 15, Sam navigates the complexities of FA with resilience and determination, finding new passions and redefining his purpose along the way. Despite the challenges posed by FA, Sam...
In her illuminating piece, “About Brain Donation – Have You Ever Wondered?”, Mary Ann Peterson, NAF Research Associate, delves into the profound impact of brain donation in the fight against Ataxia. With touching insights from both donors and their families, as well as individuals directly affected by the disease, Peterson sheds light on the importance...
It takes a long time to develop a new drug. Not to mention it can be very expensive. But why does it take so long and cost so much? In this article, we will be going through the five key steps in drug development to shed some light on this process. Step 1: Discovery and...
This site is about building Ataxia Awareness and one of the many types is Gluten Ataxia. Please consult a doctor if you feel like you may have this condition. Gluten ataxia is a progressive condition, which means that symptoms may start off mild and almost unnoticed, and gradually progress to being debilitating. In recent years, there...

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