Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor
What is it like to live with Essential Tremor?
Can you imagine waking in the morning and not be able to hold a cup of coffee in your hands without spilling it, or not able to make your breakfast without making a mess. Then, trying to dress, buttoning your shirt, shaving, and putting on makeup or jewelry is almost impossible for millions.
When you’re out in public having people stare as your hands tremor, head shakes yes or no, and scared to death you might have to sign or fill out a form. Eating is another huge problem, slinging food from forks and spoons trying to make it to your mouth as your hands tremor, and spilling your drink unless it’s in a sippy cup with a lid. Many people with movement disorders voice tremors and communication is difficult. People have lost their job when their boss finds out about their tremors.
Now, how would you like to be a 5 year old in kindergarten and can’t color the page, write your ABC’s like the other kids. How would it feel to be a teenager trying to eat, write, or grasp things in their tremoring hands while others stare, giggle, bully, and tease.
Essential Tremor is the largest movement disorder in the world and is 10 times larger than Parkinson’s. What is Essential Tremor? (ET) is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs, or trunk. Over 10 million Americans, including children, have Essential Tremor. That’s about 5% of all people in the United States. For comparison sake 7.8% of the population have some type of diabetes. Most people though haven’t heard about Essential Tremor and the Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor is adamant to bring attention to the world.
First and foremost, Essential Tremor can begin at any age from ages 1 to 100. ET doesn’t discriminate with age, race, sex, or national origin.
The Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor is a Non-Profit public organization 501 c(3) giving hope to millions, including children, living with Essential Tremor. Our mission is to increase awareness about people afflicted with Essential Tremor and to find a cure.
Please join the fight and the Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor and make a difference. Donate www.diannshaddoxfoundation.org.
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