I’ve had Ataxia for many years now - possibly longer than most of you here. I’m talking over 50 years. It started with me just as I was being separated from the military during the Vietnam War. Over the years it has exacerbated and really detoured my life so much so that instead of reaching my life’s goals I found myself coping with the detours instead. That’s not good but it is what it is! You have to do what you have to do.
That’s not good but my illness has also created questions and such. Such as, I sincerely doubt that healthy folks that are sympathetic to us really understand our plight. They mean well [yes, doctors and such] but in they’re sympathy they’re actually thinking “Thank goodness it’s not me.” I’m not judging them but that’s where my head is at.
We all face a coping problems now and then. We all fall now and then in situations that are in public. Plus other events might take place. How do you deal with it? I’m pretty sure that I know what you’re gonna say but it’s important that you post your answer because it might help someone else to read it.
We have a very rare illness so it’s vitally important to get it out there. Recently, I posted a link to a magazine that deals with Brain illnesses. I asked you to contact them to do an article on our condition. How many of you contacted them? We don’t have a “voice” or celebrity regarding our condition so it’s important for us to make it happen. Sorry if it sounds like I’m preaching but I don’t know what else to do. Please contact your government offices, newspapers, radio stations plus anyone else you can think of. We have to make the doors start creaking. We don’t have the more popular illnesses! Thanks.