Physical and Emotional Pain Need Equal Attention in CMT and Polyneuropathy Communities
Alongside research for treatments and cures, the CMT community needs to take a hard look at some elephants in the room — the most common and most remnediable pains and struggles impacting our quality of daily life.
The Healthy Creative Balance: Between Unreason and Overthinking
“It seems that the key to creative cognition is opening up the floodgates and letting in as much information as possible.”
Conference Videos Worth Watching
The 2022 CMT Patient and Research Summit has all its session recordings online now. These are mostly research-oriented, but not all. It’s good to see a few sessions on therapy and things you can do for yourself, in addition to the research focused on specific CMT subtypes. Of note: CMT is a Multi-System Disease by…
CMTA Toronto Upcoming Events • CMT Awareness Month • Learning to slow down and attend to your needs • Existential anxiety
The Toronto chapter of the CMTA has regular meetings and events that can be joined remotely with Zoom. On Saturday, September 24 from 1-3pm EST their guest speaker will be Shannon Hardy, owner of Academy Foot Clinic and a trained podiatrist. Shannon will be speaking about foot care and the importance of seeing a chiropodist/podiatrist.…
Asking for the ADA Suite
The hotel receptionist said there was a generator running near my room. In fact there was a giant truck with a generator and air conditioning system running 24/7 right outside the ADA room’s door to cool the whole building I’d be in. He said go check it out a few minutes and come back if…
How long can you afford to hide it?
It’s too much trouble and humiliation to explain and ask for a little help or tolerance when hiding a disability and lumping it is how you’ve learned to cope best. That’s not a good psychological place to be in, long-term, and I can see how it’s not going to serve well post-40s.
Disease, Depression, and Family Denial
CMT and other hideable/hidden diseases may often be denied by the people closest to you — a potentially devastating, psychologically defeating, and depressing, gaslit reality that is toxic and abusive.
CMT Blogs of Note
Two blogs about CMT I found recently: the MFN2 Project and Help Chronic Pain in Alberta.
A new discovery of a genetic cause (and likely cure) for a previously unknown subtype of CMT2
Published in Nature Genetics last month, the INC group’s findings are a big deal, and there is a really cool story from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine about how the research team came together.
CMT in Canada
There are not a lot of Canadian groups and resources organized for people with CMT. How can we build this community?
In the past the norm was we didn’t get a diagnosis, so family and friends just shrugged it off and called us “clumsy” or pretended nothing was wrong. I hope this is an outlier experience, but I was pushed into sports, like track and cross country, in high school when my feet and ankles became…