As we begin 2021, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your continued commitment to the CMT Research Foundation community. Despite a challenging last year, friends like you rose to the challenge and have made it possible for the CMT Research Foundation to fund new and...
It costs more than $2.6 billion to develop an approved prescription medicine and typically takes between 10 to 15 years to get a drug to clinical trials. With no treatments or cures currently available for diseases like CMT, it’s easy to question how donations to support scientific research make a difference. These 8 signs let you know when research is working.
My doctor told me it was the worst case of CMT he had ever seen. We reviewed my options: A fusion with no end to my pain, or amputation. Here’s what I chose and what I’m doing to change things for my daughter.
As we approach the end of 2020 and look ahead to a new year, it’s natural to feel hopeful about what the future may hold — hope for an end to the global pandemic; hope for happiness and good health for our families; and hope for an end to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). The CMT Research Foundation shares these hopes, but we know delivering treatments and cures for CMT quickly requires more than hope. It requires vision, commitment, wisdom, a strong plan, and most importantly — action.
See a preview of the CMT Research Foundation’s 2021 action plan.
During a year when so many things have been postponed, changed or cancelled, there is one thing that hasn’t stopped — the CMT Research Foundation’s efforts to end CMT. Research continues, even during the holidays, to find treatments and cures as quickly as possible. These researchers will be working this holiday season to uncover scientific breakthroughs. Here’s how several of our researchers will be celebrating by continuing their work for you.
2020 has been a year of information overload. To help the Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) community navigate these staggering statistics, we’ve developed a round-up of the 20 most read articles and stories about CMT on cmtrf.org during 2020. You were most interested in three key areas: 1) stories from the CMT community, 2) the latest in research development and discovery and 3) understanding CMT and specifics about the disease.
Surgical recovery takes up to 12 weeks and requires me to take a leave of absence from my job, lay with my toes above my nose, spend most of the day alone, and give up my independence. I’m unable to shower on my own, walk without crutches, and have become very socially isolated, especially during COVID-19 quarantine. Given that I’ve had so many surgeries in such a short period of time, it’s difficult to maintain steady employment, let alone a full-time career. All of that is on hold due to my CMT.
I heard a loud pop. Then came the sudden swelling. All I’d been doing was walking down the sidewalk when my left leg snapped. At first, I thought it was just sprained. I kept limping on it for two weeks, until a doctor confirmed it was broken. Doctors gave me three options: Live with the pain and wear a removable cast for the rest of my life, undergo another surgery that probably won’t work, or amputate a portion of my leg. I chose amputation. Read more about Joe’s journey and what he’s doing to give people with CMT more than hope.
This year has brought great momentum in the fight against CMT. At the CMT Research Foundation, we are hearing from scientists that it feels like something special is in the air. Conferences and journals are full of new discoveries, fundamental problems in CMT are being solved, new genes are being discovered, and new drugs are being developed. Read more about the progress.