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39 Pounds of Love Documentary Review star
The Documentary 39 Pounds of Love provides viewers a rare glimpse at a life well lived despite severe disability. This documentary follows the cross-country travels of Ami Ankilewitz, a 34 year old man with a rare form of the neuromuscular disease SMA/2 (spinal muscular atrophy).

Bernadette Documentary Review star
What would it be like to live with a progressive degenerative disease? The documentary Bernadette explores the answer to this question as it depicts the life of Bernadette Scarduzio, a young adult with the little known hereditary neuropathy Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT).

Book Review of Peripheral Neuropathy star
What do numbness in the feet, shooting pain in the hands, difficulty with balance and coordination when walking, loss of muscle strength, and loss of bladder control all have in common? Each of these varied problems can be symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, as explained in the book Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won’t Stop by Norman Latov.

Classical Stretch Workout Review star
Wondering how I could I get a good workout with non-impact exercise, I found one of my favorite options on public television – a 30-minute exercise program called Classical Stretch.

Coping with Chronic Neuropathy DVD Review star
In the DVD Coping with Chronic Neuropathy, Eugene Richardson brings uncommon understanding of neuropathy from his perspective as a long-term neuropathy patient, professional counselor, and patient advocate. He also displays humor and hope while covering this difficult topic.

Dankso Kip Shoe Review star
Finding shoes that fit properly with orthotics and Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) can be challenging. Most of the time, I wore athletic shoes. So, I was excited when the salesperson at a local shoe store brought out the Dansko Kip to try. The Dansko Kip has the style of a casual lace-up loafer.

Discover T’ai Chi for Back Care DVD Review star
Overall, I would highly recommend this video, Scott Cole: Discover T’ai Chi for Back Care for learning a T’ai Chi practice that focuses on stretching and strengthening the back, improving balance, and gentle overall body exercise.

Discover Tai Chi for balance & mobility DVD Review star
Discover Tai Chi for balance & mobility, a DVD exercise program led by Scott Cole, provides a 30-minute Tai Chi routine focusing on improving balance, strength, flexibility and mobility for individuals beginning a Tai Chi practice, older adults, and individuals with physical challenges.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Product Review star
Read a review of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium Version 11, a voice recognition software program.

Easy Yoga for Arthritis DVD Review star
While not specific to neuromuscular disease, the modifications and detailed instructions given in the exercise DVD Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy: Yoga for the Rest of Us will make the yoga exercises demonstrated appropriate for many individuals with neuromuscular disease.

Easy Yoga for Easing Pain DVD Review star
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.

Extraordinary Measures Movie Review star
What would a parent do to save the lives of their children? What would you do in order to save the life of your child? In this movie, which was “inspired by a true story,” we see the Extraordinary Measures that two parents, John and Aileen Crowley (played by Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell), go to save their children’s lives.

Gratitude Works! Book Review star
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.

Monotrail Mountain Masochist II Outdry Shoe Review star
Overall, I highly recommend the Monotrail Mountain Masochist II Outdry shoe. Despite being used on ice, snow, and slush, these shoes have provided excellent comfort, fit, and stability while keeping my feet dry. When the weather improves, I look forward to using them for trail walking as well.

My Buddy Book Review star
My Buddy, a picture book written by Audrey Osofsky, tells the story of a boy with muscular dystrophy and companion dog, Buddy. Illustrated by Ted Rand, this book will help parents and teachers discuss important issues such as muscular dystrophy and physical disability with young children.

Read this review of the Abilities Expo. star
The Abilities Expo brought together a wide variety of organizations and vendors with one common goal. Each serves those of us with some form of physical challenge.

Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD Review star
Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis: 6 lessons with Dr. Paul Lam, is a DVD exercise program led by Dr. Paul Lam. This DVD provides detailed teaching and practice with a seated Tai Chi routine developed for individuals with arthritis, suitable for many individuals with neuromuscular disease.

Suzanne Andrews Functional Fitness DVDs Review star
The Functional Fitness DVD series, created by occupational therapist Suzanne Andrews, provides a series of videos aimed at increasing functional fitness for those experiencing health issues. For purposes of this review, her Arthritis and Pain Free Back & Neck DVDs were sampled.

Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD Review star
Tai Chi for Arthritis: 12 lessons with Dr. Paul Lam is a gentle and effective Tai Chi program. This two DVD set provides detailed teaching and practice for a Tai Chi routine developed for those with arthritis. This DVD will also be beneficial for many individuals with neuromuscular disease.

That All May Worship Resource Review star
Too often, individuals with disability, including neuromuscular disease , have been excluded from religious participation. That All May Worship: An Interfaith Welcome to People with Disabilities will be useful towards eliminating barriers to access and making places of worship truly inclusive.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Book Review star
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey, recounts Ms. Bailey's observations of and relationship with a snail. A friend brought her the snail while she was incapacitated by a mysterious neuromuscular disease that left her unable to walk, sit, or care for herself.

The Upside of Down Times Book Review star
Last week, I found something to be grateful for when a copy of The Upside of Down Times by Lisa Ryan arrived unexpectedly in the mail. Eagerly, I devoured this book in less than a day, and renewed my commitment to keeping a gratitude journal, and to showing my gratitude to others.

Tuesdays with Morrie Book Review star
While the book Tuesdays with Morrie: an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson, by Mitch Albom, tells the true story of Morrie’s Schwartz’s illness and death, this book teaches as much about life and living well as it does about dying with dignity.

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