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 or if I've been talking for a while.
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 and I only shuffle around the house on good days. So I have a powerchair for indoor and outdoor use. My chair (and wheelchair vehicle) give me essential freedom and independence.
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.
UPDATED: 2 July 2017