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So, what would I say to someone newly diagnosed (with any disability, not just ataxia)? Surround yourself with other disabled people. I am speaking here as someone who got diagnosed with a degenerative physical disability in young adulthood. Who had spent her whole life up until then as an able-bodied person. Or at least thinking...
My journey with Ataxia has been a life full of ups and downs. Ataxia has defined most of my life since it was first diagnosed in 1988. I was 38 years old and I am now 69. My mobility, balance, speech, swallowing, and motor skills have been adversely affected by this hereditary disorder that has...
Having a successful, traditional career was always one of my measures of success. My diagnosis with Friedreich’s Ataxia (a progressive and incurable neurological condition) at 15 shook this, but my time at University gave me the confidence to continue. My 10-year career in Local Government was rewarding and exciting, but there were heavy sacrifices. I...
After I was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia at fifteen, I swore, and really believed, I would take my own life before using one. What triggered this reaction and what changed my mind? I grew up in the eighties, unaware of disability. In my family, my cousin was born with a harelip and cleft palette, but...
Take a moment throughout your day to focus on your breathing. Follow the inhale completely and smile through the exhale. Even a few minutes of mindful breathing can bring you peace. Barrie Davenport The Transformative Power of Mindful Breathing and Meditation Isn’t it all too easy to get swept up in a sea of responsibilities,...

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michael mantz
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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