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...
Megan, a former high school English teacher turned stay-at-home mom, opens up about her life with Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1 (SCA1) in a bid to raise awareness about the condition. Despite a seemingly normal upbringing filled with achievements and adventures, Megan noticed subtle changes in her mobility around age 20. These changes, reminiscent of her...
Support dog are life-changing for disabled people lucky enough to have one – not just in the way most people think. Every year, for the last five years, I have led the ‘All About Ataxia’ workshop for newly diagnosed people at Ataxia UK’s National Conference. Amongst other things, we talk about support networks, and who...
Our kids are 10 and 5 this month. This is an update of a piece I wrote on how we made the difficult choice to become parents. My Wife and I had always wanted to have children together, we’d just never agreed exactly when. Parenthood is not for everyone, but having a family life is a...
Where do you call home? Among the captivating stories that unfold here, the Story of Richard C Brown stands out. I live in a sleepy little Oxfordshire village in the UK. My Wife and I grew up nearby but lived and worked in Oxford and Birmingham before we moved back in 2013. Education – degree(s):...
What exactly is Community Voice and how can I get involved? When I was putting together my concept for the website/blog, I wanted to have a place where people can learn about what life is like with Ataxia.  This area is an opportunity to hear from you, your family, friends, loved ones, caregivers, etc., who...

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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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