Austin Fredericks was diagnosed with SCA in 2011. He's a qualified electrician, has faced prejudice by people who assume he isn’t fit to work, and has even been taken to court for ‘drunk driving' whilst sober. Read more
Tallulah is 19 and has Ataxia with Oculomotor Apraxia Type 2 (AOA2), one of the rarest forms of ataxia. It took a full decade to receive a diagnosis, and she's already fundraising for ataxia research. Read more
Michelle Brown tells us about the many races she ran in very quick succession this autumn, in support of her father and fundraising for Ataxia UK. Read more
Toyah Wordsworth discusses how volunteering and employment gave her the confidence to create her own business, and a board game to help younger people become further educated about disability. Read more
They can feature anything from advice to personal stories, or thoughts and ideas about the future. If you'd like your work to be featured in this blog, then take a look at our Blogging How-to Guide and contact Steph Marley at [email protected]!
In the meantime, why not read the blogs of our Friends? Expand the block below to check them out!
Wendy's Is This the Wheel Life?
Wendy discusses her experiences in dealing with the public perceptions and societal limitations that impact her life with ataxia: "the reality of disability in modern Britain," including how to plan a wedding when you have ataxia. Great for: well-written prose and reflections on life as someone with ataxia.
Iain's Kilted Walker
Follow Iain as he walks ... pretty much everywhere around the world in his kilt! Iain has worked hard to get into every local newspaper he can along the way, raising awareness of his condition, and fundraising as he goes. Great for: fundraising inspiration and taking control.
Amanda's Boy Number Two and Me
Amanda is the mother of Sebastian, aged six, who has episodic ataxia. Her blog discusses her personal experiences in caring for a child who has additional needs. Great for: parents of children with ataxia.
Kiara's Friedreich's Ataxia Journey
Particularly useful for our Irish readers, Kiara's blog explores support, care and living with ataxia in Ireland. As our own support is UK-based, Irish readers may want to visit the Ataxia Foundation Ireland charity, of which Kiara is a member. Great for: Living with ataxia in Ireland.
Arran's Eleanor Creative Blog
Read Arran's professional blog about running her own Creative Marketing company after receiving her SCA6 diagnosis. Great for: people with ataxia wanting to read about employment, and taking control.
The Exeter Campaign: Meet Bex, the face of the Exeter campaign. Bex has long been involved with the Ataxia UK support network, starting her own Branch of the charity in Exeter eleven years ago.Read more
The Exeter Campaign: Phil has Episodic ataxia, which can attack at any time without warning. The unpredictability of his condition has limited what he's able to do for work as well as pleasure.Read more
The Exeter Campaign: Beka is 15 years old, and has Friedreich's ataxia. She was once an award-winning horse rider, but can no longer ride. This is her story.Read more
The Exeter Campaign: Rachel Lyons, Lord Mayor of Exeter 2013-14, was instrumental in helping Ataxia UK and the Exeter Branch to fund an awareness campaign by choosing us as her charity of the year.Read more
Nigel Davis was diagnosed with idiopathic spino-cerebellar ataxia (SCA with an unknown cause) at 17. He was able to manage his condition for some time, but after teaching for 19 years, he was forced to retire.Read more
Austin Fredericks was diagnosed with SCA in 2011. He's a qualified electrician, has faced prejudice by people who assume he isn’t fit to work, and has even been taken to court for ‘drunk driving' whilst sober.Read more
Tallulah is 19 and has Ataxia with Oculomotor Apraxia Type 2 (AOA2), one of the rarest forms of ataxia. It took a full decade to receive a diagnosis, and she's already fundraising for ataxia research.Read more
Will Martin is 27 and was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia whilst at secondary school. Will talks to us about how ataxia has isolated him from his peers, made him deflect from education and shares his crowdfunding goals for a new wheelchair.Read more
Frances was diagnosed with spino-cerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) in 2009 at 49. Her symptoms were worsening, but she didn’t want to believe anything was wrong. Frances tells us about acceptance, the changes she has had to make for her career and how she manages her symptoms.Read more
Nicola writes about her son Jordan, who has Friedreich’s ataxia, and her experiences as a parent of a child with the condition.Read more
Richard Brown was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia at 14. It had a devastating impact on what things he thought he could do in life. Here, Richard takes us through his thought process in becoming a parent with ataxia.Read more
Laura Bishop is 25 and was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia ten years ago. Having dealt with the difficulty of facing the condition as a teenager and the trauma of two serious operations, Laura has come to terms with her ataxia, but is still fearful about what the future will hold…Read more
Michelle Brown tells us about the many races she ran in very quick succession this autumn, in support of her father and fundraising for Ataxia UK.Read more
Arran Eleanor Rigney started a company after learning of her ataxia diagnosis. She aims to help smaller businesses get noticed through her marketing skills, as well as employing her artistic talents to sell her exclusive range of Christmas cards to raise money for Ataxia UK.Read more
Lisa Murphy, author of Theo's Diary: The Observations of an Indulged Cat, tells us how writing has had a positive impact on her mental health.Read more
It took almost ten years for Geoff Brown to receive his diagnosis; in that time he has become a wheelchair user and almost entirely lost his sight. Nevertheless, Geoff is still intending to follow his dreams.Read more
Richard Brown talks about crowdfunding for his own trike, taking his needs into his own hands.Read more
A unique group of co-authors who have two things in common: the ability to write historical, heartfelt horror, and the desire to fundraise towards finding a cure for FA.Read more
Toyah Wordsworth discusses how volunteering and employment gave her the confidence to create her own business, and a board game to help younger people become further educated about disability.Read more
Matthew Law tells us about his wheelchair (2013) and what a difference it made to his life after retirement.Read more