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Disappointment is a part of life. From being let down by relatively inconsequential things like a series finale or the outcome of the latest football game to major pain points like finding out your person isn’t who you thought they were, the sting of disappointment is familiar. Whichever side of it you’re on – the one who is disappointed or...
Tom Lawson shares his touching story, “My Ataxia Story,” in which he discusses how receiving the diagnosis of Cerebellar Ataxia changed his life and how it affected him profoundly.  At 46 years old, married with three children, and a dog, Tom shares the emotional rollercoaster of coming to terms with a chronic autoimmune disease. From...
Is self-care a regular part of your routine?Looking after yourself should be a priority, not a second thought.  There are many different things you can do to look after your health, and it’s important that you do as many of them as you can.  The good news is if you don’t know where to start,...
Living with ataxia presents a multitude of challenges beyond the physical realm, often overshadowed by the visible symptoms. In this candid narrative, Kate shares her profound impact of ataxia on mental health, shedding light on a facet of the condition that is frequently overlooked. The journey begins with the onset of symptoms during university years,...
What made you laugh today? How often do you laugh? When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?  When life is going well, I tend to laugh easily and often. So when I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard I cried, it’s a sign that things aren’t optimal. When I’m feeling antsy and...
Last weekend, I attended the Friedreich’s Ataxia symposium in Philadelphia, PA for the first time since before the pandemic. My dad and boyfriend came for physical and moral support. The event line-up hasn’t changed in a while. (Click to read about the 2019 symposium.) The weekend began Sunday with a rideATAXIA fundraiser, followed by a meet &...
As human beings, we often prioritize our immediate desires and needs, sometimes at the expense of our future well-being. Our present self might indulge in an extra piece of cake, skip a workout session, overindulge in alcohol, stay up late, or procrastinate, leaving our future selves to face the repercussions. This phenomenon is known as...
How it had started? As far as I can remember, I have always had trouble with my health. During my childhood, I had to go to the hospital frequently. I am Anoushka Speville, I am 28 years old and I come from Rodrigues Island, Mauritius(I know that it is not well known, but Rodrigues Island...
How much sleep do I really need for optimal health? What are some of the warning signs of sleep deprivation and their impact on health? How can I prioritize my health and achieve a better night’s sleep? Sleep is a crucial component of our health. Proper sleep hygiene is a series of healthy practices and...

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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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