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 obviously atrophied.
Here's an informative article from the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF) about current best practices in genetic diagnosis of CMT. A lot of examples are given of people with less common subtypes who waited a long time to get properly diagnosed — sometimes after many years of wrong diagnoses or none at all. Today the best… Continue reading New genetic diagnostics for CMT