By Dave Sevart, caregiver Forty plus years ago, my then fiancée, Rita, asked if it bothered me that sometimes her hands were shaky. I said, “No,” as I figured that was going to be the “in sickness and in health” part of our wedding vows. Forty years later, the marriage vows should have included “ET […]

Categories: Coping with ET, Support
Posted on July 9, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has prompted the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) to re-evaluate its education and outreach programs. The main goal of these programs has always been to provide support and information to the essential tremor (ET) community, but now the top priority is to ensure the health and safety of the ET community while […]

Posted on March 5, 2020

Steadiwear has a personal interest in raising the curtain on essential tremor and helping those who have it live a better life. While studying structural engineering at the University of Toronto, co-founder and CEO of Steadiwear Mark Elias visited his family over the winter holidays. As he was having coffee with his grandmother and discussing […]

Sheralyn Nicholson got much more than a pet when she adopted her cat, Willow. She got a caregiver and friend. Sheralyn has essential tremor (ET). Her mom told her she first noticed Sheralyn’s tremor when she was in the first grade. But Sheralyn doesn’t remember life without it; she has never known anything different. Nine […]

By Barb Cole SmithSupport Group Leader,Kalamazoo, MI ET Support Group Holiday time is fast approaching. As I sit here contemplating the stress of the added responsibilities and work involved with Christmas time, and how that will increase my tremor level, I realize how much more productive I could be if I planned ahead. This leaves […]

By Nathan Frye I have been a member of IETF for many years. I was diagnosed with early onset essential tremor that began when I was 16 years old. Of course back then my doctors would just say, “We don’t know why people shake” or “You are just a nervous Nellie.” As an adult, I finally […]

Posted on May 30, 2019

The question about whether or not to exercise if you have essential tremor comes up often. This article was written several years ago by Dr. Jankovic, who serves on our medical advisory board. But the information is worth reprinting. By Joseph Jankovic, M.D.Director, Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Department of Neurology, Baylor College […]

By Dr. Rodger Elble,Department of Neurology,Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Preparing for your visit with a movement disorder specialist will increase the odds of accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment at an affordable cost. A complete and accurate medical history is crucial. Here are some things you can do to facilitate a successful clinic visit. […]

By Kelsey K. Sewell, PhD      Licensed Psychologist Clinical Assistant Professor Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Dept. of Neurology University of Kansas Medical School The holidays are touted as a magical time, but sometimes the extra stressors that come with creating or expecting that magic end up impacting our enjoyment. Plus, there is […]

Categories: Coping with ET, Support

“You cannot serve from an empty vessel” — Eleanor Brownn   By Rev. Carla Cheatham, MA, MDiv, PhD, TR When we care for a family member, taking time to care for ourselves can be especially hard, assuming the resources are even available to allow us to do so. We do not want them to think they […]

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