Personal Stories

An estimated 10 million Americans have essential tremor.

ET is not confined to the elderly. Children and middle-aged people can also have ET. No matter the age, people with ET lead active lives. They use their intellect, gifts, innate talent, and cultivated interests to make the most of their life. The IETF is proud to share their stories with you.

I Am a Loud Advocate for Fellow Teens with Essential Tremor
September 16, 2021

Coping with ET, Personal Stories, Scholarships

Each semester, the IETF awards four $1,000 college scholarships to students who have essential tremor through its Catherine S. Rice Scholarship Fund. As part of the application process, students are asked to write an essay on the topic, “how essential tremor has affected my life.” The following essay is from one of our fall 2021 […]

My Tremor Makes Me Empathetic and Has Influenced My Career Goals
September 13, 2021

Coping with ET, Personal Stories, Scholarships

Each semester, the IETF awards four $1,000 college scholarships to students who have essential tremor through its Catherine S. Rice Scholarship Fund. As part of the application process, students are asked to write an essay on the topic, “how essential tremor has affected my life.” The following essay is from one of our fall 2021 […]

Letter from a First-Time Donor
December 21, 2020

Coping with ET, Donations, Personal Stories

I donated, for my first time, due to being an essential tremor (ET) patient myself and I see it as an opportunity to help others with ET by helping your organization in raising awareness. I have had ET since I was a child and now being 59 years old, I have seen how it affects […]

The Riehl World – My Christmas Gift
December 10, 2020

Coping with ET, Personal Stories

By Richard Riehl,Freelance Writer Today I agreed to donate my brain to medical science. (I’ll pause here to allow regular readers of my published opinion pieces to stop laughing.) Twenty-two years ago, after an afternoon of heavy yard work, I reached for a cold beer and sat down to rest. As I brought the bottle […]

Going Public with My Tremor Lifted a Heavy Burden from Me
October 13, 2020

Coping with ET, Personal Stories

By Chloe Hodge Tremor has always been a constant in my life. Just as certain as my name or age, my tremor was something that was part of my identity. Of course, when I was younger, I didn’t understand the complexities behind it. I didn’t understand that I had a medical condition, I just thought […]

I Am Different, Not Less
August 24, 2020

Coping with ET, Personal Stories, Scholarships

IETF scholarship recipient Madison Young admits some tasks are harder than others because of her essential tremor, but she will not let ET stop her from trying to do all she wants to do.

Although I Have ET, ET Will Not Have Me

Coping with ET, Personal Stories, Scholarships

IETF scholarship recipient Terrin Griffeth shares how essential tremor has impacted his life.

Living with Tremor Has Given Me Practice in Advocating for Myself

Coping with ET, Personal Stories, Scholarships

IETF scholarship recipient Elizabeth Carroll shares her experience of living with essential tremor.

From Despair to Triumph
August 21, 2020

Coping with ET, Personal Stories, Scholarships

IETF scholarship recipient Brandon Staple plans to become a neuropsychologist, and deliver the next generation of medication, therapies and surgical options for ET.

This Song’s For You
October 17, 2019

Coping with ET, Personal Stories, Support

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 […]