Your Stories: Nigel Davis

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

Your Stories: Austin Fredericks

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

Your Stories: Tallulah Clark

Tallulah is 19 and has Ataxia with Oculomotor Apraxia Type 2 (AOA2), one of the rarest forms of ataxia. She tells us how long it took to receive a diagnosis – a full decade – and how the public misconstrue her condition as drunkenness.Read more

Your Stories: Will Martin

Will Martin is 27 and was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia whilst at secondary school, during his GCSE examinations. Will talks to us about how ataxia has isolated him from his peers, made him deflect from education and shares what has helped him since.Read more

Your Stories: Frances Annamunthodo

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

Your Stories: Nicola and Jordan

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

Your Stories: Richard Brown

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

Your Stories: Laura Bishop

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

My “Three in Four” Challenge

Michelle Brown tells us about the many races she ran in very quick succession for Ataxia UK this autumn, in support of her father.Read more

When Life Gives you Lemons, Start a Business

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

Theo’s Diary – The Observations of an Indulged Cat

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

Around the World in a Yacht

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

Thanks for the Trike

Richard Brown knew of a certain bike that would improve his daily living, but also knew it was expensive... but that didn't stop him! Richard took his needs into his own hands by starting an online funding page.Read more

Writing The Legacy of Marie Schlau

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

Removing Barriers by Toyah Wordsworth

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

My super power

Matthew Law tells us about his wheelchair (2013) and what a difference it made to his life after retirement.Read more

Wind-up merchant

Continuing Matthew Law's series on Adapting to Life advice series, here is his article from the 2013 Summer issue of the Ataxia Magazine.Read more

Something old, something new

To kick off our Friend's blog is our regular contributor to the Ataxia Magazine, Matthew Law. Matthew writes a series on advice and adaptations, and here is one of his first articles for what was then The Ataxian in 2013.Read more