Thursday, 13 August 2015

What is CMT?

Today a crafty friend asked me a question; 
What IS CMT? 
CMT is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (now you can see why it's abbreviated!!). The names are the 3 scientists who first described and classified the disease in 1886 (I think that was the year!). 

CMT is a peripheral neuropathy which, simplified, means that's the muscles in my arms and legs don't work. This leads to muscle wasting, and in turn walking, balance, mobility issues as well as problems with manual dexterity (hands!). I also get a fair amount of pain and fatigue.

As it affects the peripheral nerves it can also affect the nerve to the diaphragm, making breathing tricky at times, I find it especially when laid flat.

The disease is progressive, meaning that it continues to gradually worsen throughout life (but is not a fatal disease). 

So that's it in a nut shell! 

Whilst I'm able to walk, it is very difficult, some days more than others. So I have a powerchair. 

With the work being done on the house this week I'll finally be able to get round inside the house on the chair with greater ease and will also be able to get the chair outside of the house for the first time so I can go places!  [builders are here this week opening up a doorway to make access easier inside as well as installing a ramp outside my front door].

To be able to even pop to the local shop (a drive of less than 2 minutes) I currently have to go in the car, and more often than not, have to have a person with me . This will give me much freedom!!

Don't pitty me. I'm happy (most of the time!) and as the cliché goes, things could be much much worse! 

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So, that's about it! ANY questions, just ask! I'm always fully open and willing to talk about it.
If you are interested in finding out more, the UK's official charity for the disease, CMT United Kingdom, have a wealth of information.


  1. Thank you for explaining Sam. I wish you well for the future and I bet you can't wait to get out and about.
    Take care
    Linda xxx

  2. Thank you for the explanation. I wish you all the best for the future. Hugs Jackie


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