Make each day your masterpiece. John Wooden A healthy morning routine can help you get off to a successful, energizing, and rewarding start to your day. You can feel more organized, focused, and in charge of your time and activities as a result. Here is an ideal healthy morning routine to get your day off to...
I’ve watched plenty of relationships having disagreements unfold in real life and on reality shows. Like a lot of people, I become an amateur family therapist in those moments. I quietly observe misinterpretations and miscommunications happening in real-time. Someone takes something the wrong way and responds in an angry tone, then the other person becomes defensive;...
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...
At the end of one year and the beginning of the next, it seems like a good time to reflect on all the good service dogs do for their handlers. We all believe that the benefits of having a service animal cover a broad spectrum. But what are the specifics? What do people say when...
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...
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...
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear Buddha It’s all too simple to overlook the significant impact that food has on our emotional health in our fast-paced and demanding lives.  We frequently use food as a means of comfort,...
After 25 years of living with a slowly progressive neurological condition, I came to the realization that I needed a reliable and more powerful means of getting around. In the home, I was okay, but I had to rely on others to do anything outside the house. Just moving around in my wheelchair or trike...
Acupuncture:  proof that stabbing someone can make things better. Robert Southey Living with ataxia, a neurological disorder that affects coordination and balance, can be a daunting and challenging journey. However, among the various treatments available, acupuncture has emerged as a promising therapeutic option for managing the symptoms of ataxia. This ancient Chinese practice, rooted in...
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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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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