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Winter Paralympics 2014
The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia in March 7 through 16, 2014. World class athletes will come from all over the world to compete. Athletes may compete in different categories, including standing, seated, and visually-impaired depending on their abilities and sport.

Falling on Ice
As I stepped out of my car, both of feet slipped out from under me. What I had thought was a puddle turned out to be black ice. Unable to break my fall, I landed hard on my already injured left hip and on my left wrist.

Using a Cane
"Your cane looks good on you, a friend recently told me. Surprised, I searched his face to determine if he was joking. Since injuring my hip recently, I have used a cane when necessary. Delivered to my hospital room, the cane is not fancy or decorative, but basic and functional.

What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is frequently part of the treatment plan for individuals with neuromuscular disease. OT focuses on developing and strengthening the fine motor skills needed to perform many daily tasks.

Easy Yoga for Easing Pain DVD Review
Since injuring my hip, my physicians have encouraged me to replace even low-impact exercise with very low- to non-impact exercise. While recovering, the gentle yoga exercises found on the DVD Easy Yoga for Easing Pain have helped me to effectively exercise with undue strain or re-injury.

Physical Therapy and Neuromuscular Disease
Physical therapy can be useful for many with neuromuscular disease in maintaining physical functioning as much as possible, leading to improved quality of life. Those interested should consult with their physician to determine if physical therapy would be beneficial.

What is Neuromuscular Disease?
The term 'neuromuscular disease' refers to a group of diseases. The common element in neuromuscular disease is that each of these diseases affects the peripheral nervous system. This category covers a wide range of varying diseases however, and these disease vary considerably.

Gratitude Works! Book Review
Highly recommended, Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity, written by Robert Emmons, Ph.D., overviews the body of research regarding the practice of gratitude. This book also lays out a three week program for starting a gratitude journal.

Hip Problems and Neuromuscular Disease
Until my recent injury, I had not considered the possibility that Charcot Marie Tooth could affect my hips. Neuromuscular disease can be a significant risk factor in the development of problems of the hip, however, including structural abnormalities, hip displacement, and arthritis.

Practicing Gratitude
I realized after a couple of days of feeling irritable and snapping at my family that I was having more than just an attitude problem -- I was having a gratitude problem. I had forgotten how much I have to be grateful. Instead, I was focusing on complaints and problems.

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