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What is a Concussion? A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI or mTBI) that occurs when the brain experiences a sudden movement or impact within the skull.  It can result from a blow to the head, a violent shaking of the head and upper body, or a forceful impact that causes the...
Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life. Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men Breathing is necessary for survival, but its power goes beyond that. Our physical and emotional health can be greatly impacted by the way we breathe. Becoming familiar with certain breathing methods can be especially helpful for those of us living...
I wrote this article after reading a statement posted in an Ataxia group, “I hate that the simplest tasks take so much energy.”  I feel this statement applies to everyone and I welcome your comments and reactions.  Everyone’s journey is different, and your comments could help someone in a similar situation. All of us with...
At just 23 years old, Scott Armit received the devastating diagnosis of Friedreich’s Ataxia, a genetic neurological disease.  What began with seemingly innocent clumsiness progressed to a point where he was mistaken for being drunk due to his impaired balance and coordination. The news was crushing. Scott faced a future without treatment or cure, with...
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,...
Often misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and unseen. A sufferer writes of a silver lining in his tale of swoon and gloom. Timothy Wahl In this compelling narrative, Tim Wahl shares his poignant journey with Episodic Ataxia, a hidden impairment that dramatically altered the course of his life.  From the innocence of childhood to the challenges of adulthood,...
I recently wrote an article about my disability journey for my local newspaper. Click here to check it out! A young man about to graduate from a nearby school with a physical therapy degree then contacted me; serendipitously, when the article was published, he was working on a project that involved interviewing patients with neurological conditions....
I used to love going to the gym. I love the feeling of being sweaty after exercising. Also, I am a Lululemon girl :)) After I was first diagnosed with Ataxia, a progressive condition that would affect my mobility and balance, I still continued my gym activities. However, I noticed the changes in my body’s...
We pressure ourselves to fit into a particular ideal and be able to do certain things. For each of us, the standards vary. For the highly athletic person, perhaps it’s running X miles a day. For the average person who exercises, it may be the ability to lift X pounds on certain machines. For a NON-gym...
Are you stressed? Do you know how stress affects our and brain?  I’ve addressed the idea of stress on this blog many times, but I feel it’s so important I’d like to consider it yet again. So let’s dive into the topic of stress: what stress is, what happens in our bodies when we experience...
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