International Ataxia Awareness Day is celebrated annually on September 25th. That day is dedicated to spreading awareness about a group of disorders called ataxia. Patients with this diagnosis have difficulty with balance, swallowing, movement, and speech. Despite the fact that the disease is rare, it deserves to be talked about, studied, how it affects a person and his quality of life.
According to statistics, one in 50 people is diagnosed with ataxia. The name of the disease has Latin roots and means – lack of order. The cause of pathological phenomena in the body is damage to the cerebellum. The main cause of ataxia is heredity, since the cerebral form of the disease is genetic. In addition, there are other causes of the disease – a brain tumor, stroke, head injuries and infections. International Ataxia Awareness Day is established by the National Ataxia Foundation, which was founded in 1957.
- International Ataxia Awareness Day is important for both people and doctors. Knowledge helps to identify pathology in a timely manner, provide first aid if necessary, and develop a cure for ataxia.
- In some cases, the disease is fatal, which is why it is important for the patient to provide emotional and physical support in order to maintain a normal lifestyle and good mood.
- There are different types of disease, some forms of ataxia lead to death in childhood, and some are treatable.
How to celebrate
Pass a special test – presymptomatic genetic, it will determine whether there is a risk of developing the disease. Talk to your doctor, knowledge is a half won battle. Spread information about ataxia on social networks, involve as many people as possible in this topic, encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle. Join the events hosted by the National Ataxia Foundation.
When is International Ataxia Awareness Day in 2022?
International Ataxia Awareness Day is observed on September 25 each year.