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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. Bernadette Documentary Review
What would it be like to live with a progressive degenerative disease? The documentary Bernadette explores the answer to this question as it depicts the life of Bernadette Scarduzio, a young adult with the little known hereditary neuropathy Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT).

2. MDA's Art Collection
Through works of art, individuals express their experiences as individuals and as part of humanity. The works displayed in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Art Collection not only showcase the creative abilities of the individual artists but give a voice to those with neuromuscular disease.

3. My Buddy Book Review
My Buddy, a picture book written by Audrey Osofsky, tells the story of a boy with muscular dystrophy and companion dog, Buddy. Illustrated by Ted Rand, this book will help parents and teachers discuss important issues such as muscular dystrophy and physical disability with young children.

4. 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.

5. Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit 503(c)(3) organization , trains and places assistance dogs. Their assistance dogs are trained to provide four different categories of help, including, service, facility, companion, and hearing.

6. 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!

7. Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD Review
Tai Chi for Arthritis: 12 lessons with Dr. Paul Lam is a gentle and effective Tai Chi program. This two DVD set provides detailed teaching and practice for a Tai Chi routine developed for those with arthritis. This DVD will also be beneficial for many individuals with neuromuscular disease.

8. Scoliosis and Neuromuscular Disease
Scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine, is a common problem for individuals with neuromuscular disease. Depending on severity, scoliosis can prevent the chest from expanding fully, interfering with the ability to breath. Scoliosis can also cause pain and functional difficulties.

9. Accessible Voting in the U.S. 2013
Polling places were not always easily accessible to those with mobility issues or other disabilities. Today, however, federal laws require that polling places be accessible. Make sure that you have registered to vote and vote in the next election.

10. Learning through Neuromuscular Disease
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association to children walking to raise money. I found that I had much to tell these children, not just about neuromuscular disease and the MDA, but about coping and thriving despite life’s struggles.



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