Support to manage tremors
IT startswith shaky hands.
And progresses. But Ann Tuffinwants people with Essential Tremor to know that they are not alone.
“One in 15 people have essential tremor, so that’s quite a lot. Some don’t like to admit that they do have it.”
But there is comfort in numbers, Ann says, and their 20-strong support group is a lifeline for many.
Essential tremor is a nervous system disorder that causes rhythmic shaking. The Bay of Plenty Essential Tremor Support Group has been going for approximately a decade. Ann has been the coordinator for five years.
The condition startswith shaky hands and can be hereditary.
Ann’s condition came on in her 40s. She says it began mildly with spilling drinks and being unable to write legibly.
Eventually she had to make the devastating decision to quit her career in nursing. She went on to be a budget advisor but had to give that up as well.
But there are plenty of tips and information to help peoplewith the condition carry on their life. It’s surprising what you can learn Ann says.
Theymeet formally every three months and have social outings in between.
Ann encourages people to come to their next meeting at Evans Road Community Church on SaturdayMay 26 at 10am. National chairman Steven Fischer from Auckland is attending.
Ann Tuffin is the coordinator of The Bay of Plenty Essential Tremor Support Group.