Category Archives: Neurologist

September 2013 is CMT Awareness Month! What Will You Do to Spread Awareness?

September, CMT Awareness Month is fast approaching. What will you do to spread awareness. There are many ways that we can all help ourselves, by increasing awareness of our rare condition. Something as simple as changing your Facebook photo to the new CMT ribbon: Continue reading

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Our big event is almost here.

A lot of time and effort went into planning and preparing for Starry Night for CMT. Last year, for our first Art de Cure fundraiser, we raised $10,000 for the CMTA. We Hope to match that amount again this year. Continue reading

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Do you start your day by falling on your face?

How do you start your day? I begin most days by getting out of bed, taking a few steps and falling splat on my face. Then I crawl over to the dresser and struggle to pull myself up off the floor with my weakened, muscle wasted arms.
After 47 years of wondering what’s wrong with me- why do I keep tripping over my own feet and spraining my ankles? Why can’t I get up out of a chair without my husband grabbing me by my belt loop to pull me up? Why do I need to crawl up the stairs if there’s no hand rails? Why am I getting worse? Finally I have a diagnosis. I have CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Continue reading

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PROFILES IN CMT Interview with Amy Gander

Amy’s mother worried something was wrong with her when she was just 3 years old. “My mother said I began throwing my right leg out when I was 3. My right leg would go out from under me, and my gait was off,” said Amy. Continue reading

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Royal Pains gives me a royal pain

Mom almost fainted and I nearly fell off the couch, when watching a recent episode of USA Network’s Royal Pains, a comedy television series about a concierge doctor-on- demand working in the Hamptons. When attempting to diagnose Divya’s new boyfriend’s arm numbness and paralysis, Dr. Jeremiah said he may have CMT, “which is almost always fatal.” That’s NOT true. Continue reading

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Time to Update your Facebook photo for National CMT Awareness Month

September is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Awareness Month. Help spread the word by changing your Facebook profile picture and any social media avatar to our poster. Continue reading

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Guest Post for Medical Mystery: “Funny Name….Serious Disorder”

September is National Charcot-Marie Tooth (CMT) Awareness Month. Whenever I answer the question of “What’s wrong with you?”- with I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, the response is, usually: “Shark teeth. What? followed by: “What’s wrong with your teeth?”

CMT Awareness Month poster 2012

CMT, a genetic peripheral neuropathy, leads to the loss of normal function of arms, legs hands & feet, due to nerve damage and muscle wasting. CMT affects approximately 1 out of 2,500 people or around 150,000 Americans, yet most people and many doctors are unfamiliar with it. Continue reading

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STAR’s Transformation Project

For the first time ever, live adult human stem cells will be used to search for effective compounds to treat CMT. The CMTA has embarked on this groundbreaking STAR research project to rapidly accelerate the drug development process in search of a successful treatment to slow, stop or potentially reverse the progression of CMT Continue reading

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New U-M stem cell line looks to tackle Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Stem cells are known for their potential to show how genetic diseases start and develop. U-M’s latest stem cell line carries the gene defect responsible for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a hereditary neurological disorder characterized by a slowly progressive degeneration of the muscles in the foot, lower leg and hand. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, affecting one in 2,500 people in the U.S. Continue reading

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Trekking nearly 6,000 miles across the U.S. to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Remarkable young man from Sweden touring the US on an ElliptiGo, a bike for challenged athletes. On his journey across the country, Andreas Johansson, afflicted with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), hopes to raise awareness of CMT and money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF). CAF is a world leader in creating athletic opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities. Continue reading

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