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Here are the top ten articles for the Neuromuscular Diseases Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Developing Resilience
Resilience has been defined by psychologists as the ability to adapt well to the difficulties in our lives including all kinds of adversity and stress. Resilience can help those of us who are coping with significant health challenges such as dealing with neuromuscular disease.

2. Fill the Boot for MDA
This summer, you may see fire-fighters collecting funds at local parades and events. When you see your local firefighters campaigning to raise funds for the MDA, make sure to say thank you. Let them know how the MDA has helped you and your family. And, make sure to help fill the boot!

3. At an MDA Lock-Up
I spent part of my day recently “locked-up.” No, not in a real jail, but with all of the “jailbirds” participating in a local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Lock-Up. While raising money, participants also raise awareness of neuromuscular disease and MDA programs.

4. What are Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFOs)?
Often called an AFO, the term Ankle Foot Orthosis refers to a brace worn on the leg over the calf and foot. The brace supports the foot and ankle, holding the correct position and preventing foot drop. This type of brace is also sometimes called a foot drop brace.

5. CMT Awareness Month 2014
Soon after last year’s successful CMT Awareness Month finished, organizers of the CMT Awareness Month 2014 began planning for the 2014 event. Through this event, the Charcot Marie Tooth Association (CMTA) educates the public and raises awareness about the neuromuscular disease Charcot Marie Tooth.

6. What is proprioception?
While most student learn about the “five senses” in grade school, fewer students learn about an important sixth sense, proprioception. Proprioception involves the sense of where one’s body is in space, and is closely related to another important but often overlooked sense, one's sense of balance.

7. T’ai Chi beginning practice DVD Review
When neuromuscular disease began to cause increased difficulty with my feet, my physician recommended Tai Chi as a healthy low-impact form of exercise. I purchased a copy of T’ai Chi beginning practice with David –Dorian Ross to teach me the basic movements of T’ai Chi.

8. International Neuromuscular Disease Websites
People from all over the world suffer from neuromuscular disease, and need to find accurate, appropriate, and effective information, support, and services. This article lists some of the web-links to organizations that serve the worldwide neuromuscular diseases community.

9. Classical Stretch Workout Review
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.

10. Dankso Kip Shoe Review
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.



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