Support to man­age tremors

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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.

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