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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...
Healing Journey , published by Lily Pierce February 3, 2024 The last few weeks have marked the start of a new year but also brought a lot of change for me, at least in my day-to-day life. For several years now, I’ve worked out in a gym with a physical trainer. But at the end of December 2023,...
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...
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...
Originally published October 2019 Guest Authors: Sheng-Han Kuo MD, Chen-Ya Yang, MD, MPH, and Geraldine Yu, PT, DPTTechnical Support: Tiffany Chen BS, Johns Hopkins University Ataxia is a neurologic disorder that affects people of all ages. People living with Ataxia may experience problems including incoordination of movement, slurred speech, poor balance, and gait abnormalities. Neuromotor exercises and...
Carole Arsenault’s life took an unexpected turn when she was diagnosed with Wernicke Encephalopathy (WE) in 2018 at the age of 53. This acute neurological condition, caused by a thiamine deficiency, left her grappling with optical issues, acquired ataxia, and confusion, severely impacting her mobility and quality of life. Her symptoms began with occasional balance...
What is the big deal about being able to stand on one leg? Why do all healthcare providers immediately ask you to stand on one leg during any assessment? When do we ever need to stand on one leg in our day-to-day life? The truth is not only is being able to stand on one...

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