Honoring Vicki Pollyea: A Woman of Great Strength, Courage and Conviction

Vicki Pollyea – October 27, 1956 – September 15, 2019 When I first met Vicki over 12 years ago, she was the leader for the Tampa CMTA/MDA branch, the largest CMT group in the country. We hit it off immediately, and I knew she’d be a forever friend, and I was right. Over the years, […]

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CMTA’s Gene Therapy Program Focused on Treatments for CMT

This is a transcript of the CMTA’s recent STAR gene therapy webinar. CMTA Board Chairman Gilles Bouchard begins by giving an overview of CMTA’s research initiative – STAR (Strategy to Accelerate Research), followed by an in-depth review of our gene therapy program by Drs. John Svaren and Kleopas Kleopa, members of our Scientific Advisory Board. […]

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Are tremors a symptom of CMT? If so, will everyone in my family have tremors if I do?

Tremors are fairly common in people with CMT, and can intensify when the person is nervous, cold or tired. CMT expert neurologist, Dr Richard Lewis writes, “Clinically, when someone has CMT and a tremor, they sometimes call this Roussy-Levy Syndrome. Tremors are thought to occur because of decreased sensory input to the brain about where […]

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Can CMT affect the thigh muscles?

Question: I have CMT and had foot reconstruction surgery last month. While in the cast and recovering I have been even more aware than ever of the muscle deficit in my other leg. That leg has had several knee surgeries through the past 20 years. Each time I had knee surgery, my quadriceps muscles have […]

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Ulcers & CMT

I have an ulcer on my foot that will not heal. Is this typical of CMT? Dr. Joseph Gregory Stilwell, DPM writes: Yes,ulcers can be quite common with CMT. Oftentimes because a bone is prominent, and taking excess pressure- irritation occurs.  Then, with decreased sensation and other changes in the skin along with possible diminished […]

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Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Infographic!

It’s really hard to describe what CMT is to people. After about 2 minutes of trying to explain peripheral nerves, neuromuscular disease, genetic patterns and why your talking about a Tooth, eyes glaze over, yawns escape and the subject changes to other topics like….the weather. Maybe a picture explains the effects of having CMT better […]

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CMT Awareness Month Quiz! New Questions – 2019

1) Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) is also known as: a. Inflammatory Nerve and Muscle Syndrome b. Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy c. Funky Foot Disorder d. Chronic Tendinopathy with fatigue 2) How many different inheritance patterns does CMT have? a. 1 b. 2 c. 3 d. Too many to count. 3) Can CMT skip generations? a.Yes […]

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Has Country Music Television Jumped the Shark? What you need to know about CMT…..

  There is always country music tunes playing in the background at my mom’s house in Vermont.  This particular rainy summer day, we spent the afternoon dancing barefoot to Johnny Cash melodies playing on the TV in the living room. Resting our tootsies for a brief moment, my mom casually asked, “Why’s Yohan always on […]

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TurboMed

              In 2001, François Côté, an avid and life-long athlete had a serious snowmobile accident which changed the course of his existence. Breaking both of his legs and knees, he suffered permanent damage in the form of left-sided “foot drop” or the inability to lift the front part of […]

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Pony Takes Stand to End CMT

OUR STORY – Yohan and I had so much fun trail riding when we were younger. Oh, the stories we could tell!! I’ll never forget the time I stepped in a bee’s nest and ran for my life with Yohan on my back! He held on to my mane and stayed on. Phew! Close call! […]

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Life Advice: Athos the Horse (Almost)

    My birthday is on March 9. My buddy, Yohan and I are turning 26 years old. Besides a stiff leg and a couple of pigeon fever bumps on my chest, I’m doing pretty well for an old guy. Yohan took really good care of me for a very long time. His CMT got in […]

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