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Jerry’s Story

I’m actually reluctant to tell my story as it’s far from positive.

Currently my tremors are more disabling than my balance issues, which are dreadful. I suppose I noticed things weren’t quite right about 10 years ago. I was diagnosed with Cerebellar Ataxia about 2 years ago, and to be honest it’s all I ever think about. Clearly things could be worse and I am grateful that I was more or less ok until I was 60. 

I fret for my wife and family as much as myself. I think it’s because of the tremors that things seem dire, brushing my teeth is the hardest thing I do all day. I feel like a dog, as I can’t feed myself and struggle to dress. I’m sure others feel as I do, and I think my story is just as valid. 

Each night I go to bed hoping that I will feel better in the morning, which I don’t. I hope I never lose this belief. I used to be a photographer, but I can no longer hold a camera. On a positive note, I do sleep well and am in no pain. I do enjoy reading other stories and journeys, finding parallels with my own.

When Were You Diagnosed? Which Type (If Known)?

2022. Cerebellar Ataxia.

How Has Ataxia Impacted Your Life?

It has wrecked my life, and my wife’s.

What is One Thing You’d Like the People to Know About Ataxia?

That it can affect anyone and that the consequences can be devastating.

Share Your Advice – How Can Others Support Someone with Ataxia?

Be there for them.

How Has NAF Helped You or Your Family?

Awareness.

What is Your Ataxia Story?

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