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At least, they shouldn’t be. But here we are… Why is the use of medical devices stigmatized? I recently found out someone I know has been struggling with their mobility. Rather than sink to the level of using a walker or wheelchair*, they choose to stay home most days. It’s sad to me when people...
Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey Roy T. Bennett When we moved to our ‘forever’ home in 2013, we extended it to add a master bedroom with an ensuite wet room. We future-proofed the bedroom by including a strengthened ceiling to accommodate a...
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...
My 9 Tips for a Brain-Boosting DietIf you missed Part 1 (our previous blog), we explored what a TBI is, what role neuronutrition plays in recovery, and considered some frequently asked questions about TBI recovery and nutrition.  In this, Part 2, we’ll dive into the juicy stuff – the food! Plus we’ll consider a few...
Fatigue is the shadow of ataxia, but within that shadow, we can discover the strength to shine. Living with ataxia, a neurological disorder that impairs movement and coordination, comes with special difficulties that go beyond physical symptoms.  Constant fatigue is one of the most common and confusing symptoms that people with ataxia face.  It’s important to...
The Seemingly Prolonged Road To Recovery Have you or someone close to your heart faced the challenge of a traumatic brain injury?  Perhaps concerns about Alzheimer’s, dementia, or depression might be casting a shadow on your thoughts. In a world where our cognitive abilities play a pivotal role in our personal and professional lives, it...
Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro As a person with a lifelong movement disorder, I understand the challenges that we all face living with Ataxia.  We see the world differently than most!  But through the ups and downs, there’s a definite spirit of resilience.  We are all living our...
In the face of serious diagnoses like Parkinson’s disease, family caregivers emerge as unsung heroes, providing invaluable support to millions of patients worldwide.  As symptoms progress, patients often rely on caregivers for assistance with daily tasks, medical appointments, medication management, and navigating the complexities of healthcare systems.  With their help, many patients can maintain independence...
In a touching narrative shared by the National Ataxia Foundation, we meet the Ruehl family—Susan, Charlie, and Mary—as they courageously navigate the challenges of living with Ataxia. The journey begins with Susan’s recollection of noticing her children, Charlie and Mary, experiencing difficulties with balance and movement during their teenage years. Despite initial dismissals, Susan’s instincts...

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