CMT 4 Me

Chris and Elizabeth Ouellette

CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.org read less
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Encore Presentation: Exciting Genetic Discoveries Lead to Life-Changing CMT Therapies with Dr. Stephan Züchner
Mar 25 2024
Encore Presentation: Exciting Genetic Discoveries Lead to Life-Changing CMT Therapies with Dr. Stephan Züchner
In this special replay, we revisit the riveting conversation with Dr. Stephan Züchner, a beacon of hope in the realm of genetic research for Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease. As the chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Züchner has been at the forefront of groundbreaking discoveries that have the potential to transform the lives of those affected by CMT.This episode sheds light on Dr. Züchner's journey from the vibrant streets of Berlin to the cutting-edge labs of Duke University and beyond. His relentless pursuit of understanding the genetic underpinnings of CMT has led to the identification of critical mutations, opening new avenues for targeted therapies.Dive into an engaging discussion that spans the discovery of the SORD gene mutation, offering a glimmer of hope for a significant subset of CMT patients, to the innovative approaches in gene therapy that are on the horizon. Dr. Züchner's work not only illuminates the complex genetic landscape of CMT but also underscores the power of collaboration and data sharing in the scientific community.As we re-examine this enlightening dialogue, join us in celebrating the strides made in genetic research and the ongoing quest to unravel the mysteries of CMT. For those who wish to support this vital research and the broader CMT community, please consider visiting CMTA USA.For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
CMT Insights: Unlocking Better Mobility With Tom DuPont
Feb 15 2024
CMT Insights: Unlocking Better Mobility With Tom DuPont
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease comes with its set of daily mobility challenges, intensified by the search for comfortable and supportive footwear amidst nerve damage, foot weakness, and deformities. In this episode of the official podcast of the CMTA, we explore adaptive solutions that bring hope and enhanced mobility to those living with CMT. Hosts Chris and Liz O. welcome Tom DuPont for a heartfelt discussion about his life with CMT. Tom opens up about his battle with the disease, from initial diagnosis to finding innovative footwear and support devices that have significantly improved his mobility and quality of life. Episode Highlights: Tom DuPont's CMT Journey: A look into Tom's early symptoms, the diagnosis process, and how he successfully manages his CMT with adaptive devices and footwear. Innovative Solutions for Better Mobility: Tom showcases the external braces and neoprene silicon boots that have been transformative in his fight for comfort and stability, shedding light on the importance of innovative mobility solutions. The Power of Determination: Highlighting Tom's philosophy of "move it or lose it," this segment emphasizes the importance of staying active to slow CMT progression, inspired by Tom's unwavering determination. A Peek into Future Innovations: Tom discusses the exciting potential of 3D-printing technology in creating personalized mobility solutions for those with CMT, pointing to a future of even greater adaptability and support. Stay Engaged with "CMT 4 Me" - The CMTA's Official Podcast Join us as we explore personal stories, breakthroughs, and insights within our CMT community. As the official podcast of the CMTA, "CMT 4 Me" is your monthly source of inspiration, information, and community connection. Don't miss out on this empowering experience—join our journey to navigate and improve life with CMT together. We Want to Hear from You! Your story is powerful. If you're living with CMT and wish to share your experience on "CMT 4 Me," please let us know through our interest form. By joining the conversation, you offer hope and inspire countless others in our community. If you found the information above informative and want to stay up-to-date with topics related to accessibility and disability rights, please follow CMT 4 Me podcast on your favorite platform and our social media channels:  - Instagram: @CMT4Me  - Facebook: CMT 4 Me  - TikTok: @CMT 4 Me  -Join our email list at www.podpage.com/CMT4Me By following us on these platforms, you'll receive regular updates on news, events, and resources related to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and disability inclusion. And if you have a moment, we would greatly appreciate it if you could leave us a rating and review on your favorite podcast platform.  Please note that the transcript provided by Apple Podcasts for the CMT 4 Me podcast is generated using AI models, which may result in inaccuracies or errors in the transcript. If you prefer to consume the podcast with human-generated captions, we invite you to check out our "Raw & Unedited" series on YouTube. Thank you for your understanding and support. CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Foot Pain Insights With Dr. Greg Stilwell
Jan 19 2024
Foot Pain Insights With Dr. Greg Stilwell
Finding the right shoes when you have CMT can be a major challenge. The CMTA presents CMT 4 Me, its official community podcast. Join hosts Chris and Liz O. as they share a conversation with podiatrist Dr. Greg Stilwell and his intern Brandin Irwin about how to navigate footwear choices with CMT and innovations that could change the game. When nerve damage in your feet causes weakness and deformities, comfort is elusive and stability hard to come by. Dr. Stilwell shares his expertise on managing CMT complications and demonstrates his innovative “Stand Strong Arch Support” designed to redistribute pressure points and provide a custom fit. Stay tuned for personal stories and a look into emerging 3D printing technology that may provide customized orthotics adapted to each person’s CMT progression.Highlights:Dr. Stilwell explains how growing up with family members with CMT led him to become a podiatrist. He provides an overview of CMT foot deformities.He demonstrates his innovative "Stand Strong Arch Support" product designed to redistribute pressure points on the foot.The conversation explores using 3D scanning and printing technology to create customized orthotics that adapt as CMT progresses.They share personal stories about the challenges of finding proper footwear with CMT and other nerve diseases.Dr. Stilwell expresses his dedication to continuing research and helping bring emerging technology to improve quality of life for the CMT community.Stay connected with us! Follow CMT 4 Me to keep up with our monthly episodes spotlighting stories and advancements important to our community.Join Our Conversation: We want to hear from you! If you're interested in sharing your CMT journey on the podcast, please fill out our interest form. You could be the voice that inspires others.Explore More: Check out CMT 4 Me Raw and Unedited on YouTube for more in-depth conversations.For more on CMT and the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org and sign up for emails on our website.CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Fill out our CMT 4 Me Podcast Interest Form: cmtausa.org/cmt4me. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
CMTA Progress Through Unity With Gilles Bouchard, Laurel Richardson, and Jeana Sweeney
Dec 18 2023
CMTA Progress Through Unity With Gilles Bouchard, Laurel Richardson, and Jeana Sweeney
The CMTA presents CMT 4 Me, its official community podcast. Join hosts Chris and Liz O. as they pull up a chair with three passionate CMTA advocates: Gilles Bouchard, Jeana Sweeney, and Laurel Richardson. In an honest, free-flowing panel conversation, this group shares their wisdom about life with CMT.  From the frontiers of science to profoundly personal stories of family unity, they offer rare insight into the challenges and indestructible solidarity of the CMT community. Highlights:Gilles Bouchard shares updates on CMT research and the impact of the STAR program.Jeana Sweeney shares her personal journey with the CMTA.  With 20 plus years of raising awareness and funds.  She's a fierce advocate for the CMTA.  Laurel Richardson emphasizes the strength of the CMTA community in overcoming challenges.Stay connected with us. Follow CMT 4 Me  to keep up with our monthly episodes, where we explore the stories and advancements that are important to our community.Join Our Conversation: Your experiences and stories are what make our community strong. If you're interested in sharing your journey with CMT, please fill out our interest form. You could be the voice that inspires others in our next episode.Explore More: For more in-depth conversations and insights, check out CMT 4 Me Raw and Unedited on YouTube. It's a space where we share openly and connect more deeply with our CMT family.CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Hazel's Wisdom: Living Boldly with CMT
Nov 16 2023
Hazel's Wisdom: Living Boldly with CMT
Join us for a heartwarming chat with 10-year-old Hazel and the Coldiron family on CMT 4 Me! 💫 Discover how they face CMT with unwavering positivity and determination. Hazel's advice for an awesome life? "Don't let CMT limit you, be proud of who you are, and focus on what you can do." 🌟❤️ 🔹 Hazel's uplifting take on CMT and her leg braces🔹 The Annual Coldiron Derby for CMTA fundraising 🔹 Hazel's incredible journey of courage and resilience🔹Hazel’s mantra – be all you can be with or without CMT! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok to stay connected and get inspired to live boldly with CMT. Listen to more uplifting stories at www.podpage.com/CMT4Me. 📚Have your own story to share with the CMT community? Call us at 1-941-233-5172. Together, we can raise awareness and build a strong, supportive community! 🤝💪 #CMTAwareness #Inspiration #HazelStrong CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.org For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Rick Biagiola - CMT Didn't Silence His Beat
Oct 16 2023
Rick Biagiola - CMT Didn't Silence His Beat
In this poignant episode, we're honored to share the deeply personal story of Rick Biagiola, an accomplished drummer who rose to fame with the 1960s rock band The Outsiders. Known for their hit "Time Won't Let Me," the band brought Rick recognition across the country during the peak of his youth. Little did he know then that in later decades he would face the daily tribulations of living with CMT. He was Diagnosed with CMT 2F later in life and after years of mysterious symptoms, Rick candidly reflects on navigating the ups and downs of his music career while also contending with the progressively limiting effects of CMT.Despite the physical and emotional challenges CMT brings, Rick maintains his innate optimism, humor, and lifelong passion for drumming. He discusses the initial frustration of workplace discrimination once his symptoms became visible. We also learn how support from his devoted wife Lois and Rick's own determined spirit kept him pushing forward during the toughest times. His advice on finding inner strength and adapting to disability offers inspiration. Overall, Rick exemplifies the positivity  and hope that lives within the CMT community. **Tell Us How You Navigate CMT!**Within the CMT community, every individual's journey is a testament to determination and strength. How do you navigate the ups and downs of CMT? We’d love to hear your strategies! Please dial in at (941) 233-5172 and share your tips, experiences, and stories of navigating CMT. These shared moments have the potential to inspire, bring comfort, and foster deeper connections. Selected stories might even find their way into upcoming episodes, offering insights and encouragement to others.**Ready to Hear More Inspiring Tales?**If you found Rick's journey moving or want to share your own story, check out our interest form and stay tuned for more conversations that bring the CMT community together.CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Best of CMT 4 ME
Sep 21 2023
Best of CMT 4 ME
In honor of CMT Awareness Month, this episode is dedicated to helping listeners navigate the vast seas of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. As we sail through September, dubbed #CMTAM23, we're amplifying voices that echo the experiences, challenges, and hopes of over 3 million individuals affected by CMT worldwide. In this special compilation, we weave together the best of 'CMT 4 Me' to highlight both the scientific strides and the deeply personal tales of acceptance and resilience. It's more than just individual stories; it's a collective testament to the spirit of a community striving to spread awareness. So, whether you're familiar with CMT or hearing about this commonly inherited neurological disease for the first time, join us in making waves of change. And while you're at it, consider honoring a CMT star in your life by adding their name to the CMTA's virtual Sky of Fame, a luminous tribute to those navigating the challenges of CMT.Guests Featured:Dr. ZuchnerDavid TannanbaumArda OzdemirCamilla StivinsonBev and Frank WurzelAron TaylorAshley McLeroyDan and John MorganYohan BouchardDr. Glenn PfeifferAnd More!Episode Highlights:The promising landscape of gene therapies and what the future holds.Embracing and navigating the emotional journey post-CMT diagnosis.The importance and strength of community in the face of CMT.Stories of hope, acceptance, and the lessons life with CMT teaches us.The tireless advocacy efforts shaping a brighter future for those with CMT.As we reflect on the stories and insights shared, it's evident that the CMT journey is one of challenges met with determination, heartaches soothed by community, and a collective drive to push forward. Together, we're not just raising awareness; we're building a brighter, more informed future.Want to Share Your Story? Inspired by today's conversations? If you have your own CMT story to share please complete our interest form here to be considered to be a guest on CMT 4 Me.Stay Connected: To dive deeper into the world of CMT and stay updated on future episodes, join our email community.Behind-the-Scenes: For those curious about the candid moments and raw conversations behind each episode, don't miss our "Raw and Unedited" series on youtube here Tell Us How You Navigate CMT!Within the CMT community, every individual's journey is a testament to resilience and strength. How does one navigate the ups and downs of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease? The podcast encourages listeners to dial in at (941) 233-5172 and share their strategies, experiences, and stories of navigating CMT. These shared moments have the potential to inspire, bring comfort, and foster deeper connections. Selected stories might even find their way into upcoming episodes, offering insights and encouragement to others. It's a collective effort, weaving together the voices of many into a tapestry of support and understanding. Share your voice and be part of this narrative. #CMT4Me #ShareYourStoryCMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, inteFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
The Warrior Within: Overcoming Challenges With CMT
Aug 23 2023
The Warrior Within: Overcoming Challenges With CMT
Prepare to Embark on an Inspirational Journey!Meet Kenneth Hill Jr., a man whose life is a testament to determination, growth, and the transformative power of martial arts. From various martial arts  to self-discovery, from despair to triumph, Kenneth's story is a journey we all can learn from.What's Inside This Episode:Kenneth's Path Through Martial Arts: From discipline to healing, discover how martial arts shaped Kenneth's life.Strength in the Face of Struggles: Hear Kenneth's open sharing of his dark moments and the hope they bring.Living Life with Positivity: Learn about Kenneth's philosophy of "good days and better days."Before You Go, Don't Miss This:Don't miss this opportunity to connect with Kenneth Hill Jr. and plunge  into a story that transcends martial arts and adversity. Join us on "CMT 4 Me" as we explore stories like Kenneth's that enrich, inspire, and unite our community. Together, we're spreading awareness about Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and building connections that last. Follow "CMT 4 Me" wherever you get your podcasts, and help us spread the word. Your support takes us one step closer to a world where voices like Kenneth's are heard, celebrated, and embraced.Your Guide to the Episode:Introduction - Meet Kenneth: (00:00)A Journey Through Martial Arts: Exploration of disciplines (05:00)Finding Strength in Struggles: Kenneth's resilience and healing (10:00)Embracing a Positive Outlook: Kenneth's view on life (15:00)Kenneth and CMT - A Connection: Alignment with our mission (20:00)Want to be part of this CMT family? Here's how:Follow Us wherever you listen to podcasts: Never miss an episode that resonates.Leave a Review:Share what CMT 4 Me means to you. Your words deeply inspire us.Dive into Our YouTube Channel-Want to go deeper with CMT 4 Me? Head over to our YouTube channel for extra content that informs, inspires, and connects.Together, we walk as advocates, friends, and family - on a journey of compassion, triumphs, and hope. Follow CMT 4 Me today and join a community always here for you. Let's continue this beautiful journey, hand in hand, heart to heart.CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Living Life Undeterred: Camilla's Story of Rare CMT Dominant Intermediate E (CMT-DIE)
Jul 19 2023
Living Life Undeterred: Camilla's Story of Rare CMT Dominant Intermediate E (CMT-DIE)
In this moving episode of the CMT 4 Me podcast, your hosts Liz O. and Chris, a dynamic brother-sister duo, welcome a special guest, Camilla Stivenson, who shares her unique journey with CMT Dominant Intermediate E (CMT-DIE) which is one of the rarest types of CMT. Born in Uzbekistan and raised in Sweden, Camilla's story is one of tragic loss but highlights her positive spirit and her deep desire to live life to the fullest.  She opens up about her diagnosis with CMT-DIE and the challenges she faced growing up. From frequent falls to progressing to a kidney transplant, Camilla's experiences shed light on the realities of living with this rare type of CMT.Despite the struggles, Camilla's optimism shines through as she shares her story with the hope of inspiring others. This episode is a testament to the human spirit's ability to persevere, even in the face of adversity.Join us as we explore Camilla's story, discover more about CMT, and raise awareness about CMT.  Let's listen, learn, and make a difference together.Highlights:Camilla's personal journey from childhood in Uzbekistan and Sweden to her diagnosis with a rare type of Charcot-Marie-Tooth diseaseA look into the characteristics of CMT-DIE, a rare form of CMT that can cause not only mobility issues but also kidney failure. Learn about Camilla's resilience and her aspiration to motivate others. Explore her journey of overcoming challenges, with specific examples that showcase the strength of the human spirit to endure during the most challenging times. This is an enlightening episode illustrating Camilla's journey. Listen, learn, and share her story of resilience with your community. 0:00 - Introduction and lighthearted banter among hosts LizO. Chris, and guest Camilla.0:05 - Discussion about travel plans and the hosts' desire to visit Nordic countries.0:10 - Camilla shares her background, being born in Uzbekistan and moving to Sweden at age 11.0:15 - Camilla opens up about her mother's passing due to kidney failure and being raised by her father's parents.0:20 - Revelation of Camilla's rare type of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT-DIE) and the onset of symptoms around age 12.0:25 - Camilla's diagnosis with CMT-DIE at age 14 or 15 and the emotional impact it had on her.0:30 - Discussion about the challenges Camilla faced, including the lack of support and complicated family dynamics.0:35 - Camilla's positive outlook and her hope to inspire others through her story.0:40 - Closing remarks, encouraging listeners to tune in, share the episode, and raise awareness about CMT-DIE.CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Understanding Anxiety and Embracing Transformation with Arda Ozdemir
Jun 22 2023
Understanding Anxiety and Embracing Transformation with Arda Ozdemir
In this enlightening episode of "CMT 4 Me," hosts Chris and Elizabeth welcome Arda Ozdemir, a spiritual mentor, executive life coach, and author. Arda shares his transformative journey from a finance executive to a life coach, and how understanding and managing stress can lead to better health and wellbeing. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking to navigate the emotional challenges of living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.Key TakeawaysUnderstanding your stress and the role of repressed feelings in our reactions to life situations can lead to better health and wellbeing.The grieving process is a crucial part of coming to terms with a diagnosis like CMT. Acknowledging one's emotions and feelings is an important step towards acceptance and new beginnings.Arda's journey from a finance executive to a life coach demonstrates the power of personal transformation and the potential to find new purpose in life.This episode is a testament to the power of personal transformation and the importance of emotional wellbeing. Whether you're living with CMT or know someone who is, Arda's insights offer a fresh perspective on navigating life's challenges. Don't forget to share this episode with your community and help spread the message of hope.Timeline Summary 00:00 - 02:30: Introduction of hosts Chris and Elizabeth and guest Arda Ozdemir.02:30 - 10:00: Arda shares his personal journey from being a finance executive to becoming a life coach.10:00 - 25:00: Discussion on understanding stress and the role of repressed feelings in our reactions to life situations.25:00 - 40:00: Arda talks about the grieving process when diagnosed with a disease like CMT and the importance of acknowledging one's emotions and feelings.40:00 - 52:25: Closing remarks, Arda's final thoughts, and outro.ResourcesLearn more about Arda and his work at Rise 2 RealizeCheck out Arda's books, including "The Art of Becoming Unstuck," available on AmazonRead more about Arda's journey and his approach to coaching on his About pageCMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Victoria Berezovich: From Reality TV Celebrity to CMTA Star
May 17 2023
Victoria Berezovich: From Reality TV Celebrity to CMTA Star
On this episode of the CMT 4 Me, Chris and Liz O introduce Edmonton CMTA Branch leader Victoria Berezovich. Victoria is known as CMT Barbie because she is a model with Kello Inclusive. She’s also one of the stars of the docu-series Push which takes place in Canada and gives viewers an inside look at a diverse group of people living with physical disabilities. Are you ready to be moved by Victoria's story? Here are three impactful moments you won't want to miss:- Finding a supportive community: Victoria emphasizes the importance of having a supportive community while living with a progressive disease like CMT. She shares her experiences with the CMT community and her advocacy work, which have helped her find support and strength.- Advocacy work: Victoria is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities, and her work has made a significant impact in the CMT community. She has been actively involved in advocacy work and has raised her hand to be a CMTA branch leader in Edmonton, Canada. She encourages others to get involved in advocacy work as well.- “Push”-ing boundaries Victoria talks about her experience on the docu-series "Push," available on the GEM Network in Canada, which takes you inside and intimately with a very special disabled group in Edmonton, coined the “Wheelie Peeps.” The show follows people with disabilities as they navigate life through good times and bad. Victoria shares how the show has helped her push boundaries and break stereotypes, and how she found support through acceptance, knowledge, and one big ambition - to live life to the fullest.Don't miss this inspiring conversation with Victoria Berezovich! Listen to the full episode of the CMT 4 Me podcast to learn more about her experiences and advocacy work. And if you want to get involved in the CMT community, consider participating in the Cycle 4 CMT event or other advocacy work. Together, we can make a difference!CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Thriving Despite The Pain: Jeff Seitzer's Inspiring Story
Apr 19 2023
Thriving Despite The Pain: Jeff Seitzer's Inspiring Story
In this episode, we hear from Jeff Seitzer, a stay-at-home dad, and author of "The Fun Master," who was diagnosed with CMT at a young age. Despite facing incredible challenges, Jeff has shown remarkable resilience and positivity. He shares his story of how he learned to find joy in the face of hardship and triumph over tragedy.Jeff discusses his journey of finding what works best for him when it comes to managing CMT. He emphasizes the importance of discovering what works best for each individual, which may require some experimentation, but the effort is worth it in the end.Jeff also shares his deeply personal journey of coping with loss after losing his young son Ethan while trying to save their lives while swimming in the powerful currents of Lake Michigan. He talks about how he and his family have been coping with grief and how it has affected his life with CMT.Despite the challenges he faced when his son Ethan was born with special needs, including surgeries, hospitalizations, breathing and swallowing problems, hearing loss, and a difficult social environment, Ethan thrived and taught Jeff to take things as they come. Later, Jeff and his family adopted Penelope from China, and Jeff learned that true happiness comes from putting others first and living in the moment.Jeff's journey of resilience and positivity is chronicled in his book, "The Fun Master," where he shares valuable insights and lessons he learned through his experiences.Jeff's story is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is light at the end of the tunnel. With a positive attitude, determination, and the support of loved ones, anyone can overcome any obstacle.Jeff Seitzer is a finalist in the 2022 Best Book Award and is serving as a distinguished reader in the Do the Write Thing Challenge in Chicago, a program that encourages kids to write essays about how violence affects their lives. Winners of the challenge will travel to DC to speak with leaders about reducing violence that affects their futures.You can learn more about Jeff and his work by visiting his website at jeffreyseitzer.com. His book, "The Fun Master," is available at major online retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Target, as well as local bookstores.Don't forget to follow the CMT 4 Me Podcast for more inspiring stories like Jeff's and to stay up to date on the latest developments in the CMT community. You can follow us on Instagram @CMT4Me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100087317297516.Please leave us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform, as this really helps spread awareness about CMT. For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, visit their website at www.cmtausa.org. You can also join the CMTA Emotional Support group at https://www.cmtausa.org/emotional-support-group/, read Liz O's Blog at https://bestfoot4wardblog.com/tag/elizabeth-ouellette/, donate to the CMTA at https://www.cmtausa.org/ways-to-give/imagine-whats-next/, and check out Camp Footprint if you have children with CMT at https://www.cmtausa.org/get-involved/camp-footprint/.CMT 4 Me is hosted by Chris Ouellette and Elizabeth Ouellette, produced by iRonick MediaCMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family,For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Pedaling Beyond CMT: Featuring Dan and John Morgan
Mar 15 2023
Pedaling Beyond CMT: Featuring Dan and John Morgan
In this episode of CMT 4 Me, Chris and Liz O. meet with Dan and John Morgan, two brothers with CMT to discuss their experiences living with the disease.  As brothers, Dan and John have a unique bond and understanding of each other's struggles with CMT despite having contrasting daily lives. Main Takeaways:-Life is full of challenges that will test your limits and it's important to accept that and focus on what you can do to achieve better outcomes.-Dan and John also share their experiences with Cycle 4 CMT, an annual fundraiser with the goal of raising funds to find a cure for CMT. -The brothers offer different perspectives on dating, fashion, and the differences between city and country living.Get ready to be inspired as you listen in on the lives of two remarkable brothers, Dan and John Morgan, living with CMT. In this episode, they offer candid insights on their journey, highlighting the importance of resilience, adaptability, and positivity when faced with adversity. Their message is one that encourages us all to take life head-on, no matter what it throws at us, and to embrace the power of a positive mindset in the face of challenges. In their honest and uplifting conversation, Dan and John provide valuable insights on how to adapt and thrive in life, both personally and professionally, despite living with CMT. They invite listeners to gain a newfound appreciation for the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.New episodes featuring inspiring people from the CMT community drop every third Thursday of the month.Follow us on Socials!Instagram @CMT4MeFacebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100087317297516Please leave us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! This really helps spread awareness about CMT!Our Official Website https://www.podpage.com/cmt4me/ Don’t forget to join our email list for updates!Visit the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association official website www.cmtausa.orgJoin the CMTA Emotional Support group https://www.cmtausa.org/emotional-support-group/Read Liz O’s Blog https://bestfoot4wardblog.com/tag/elizabeth-ouellette/You can make a difference! Donate to the CMTA https://www.cmtausa.org/ways-to-give/imagine-whats-next/Have children with CMT? Check out Camp Footprint!  https://www.cmtausa.org/get-involved/camp-footprint/CMT 4 Me is Hosted by Chris Ouellette and Elizabeth OuelletteAn iRonick Media Production Released March  16th  2023CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our websitFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Assistive Technology with Ashley McLeroy
Feb 15 2023
Assistive Technology with Ashley McLeroy
In this episode of the CMT 4 Me podcast, we are joined by Ashley, a rehabilitation engineer with CMT. Ashley shares with us what a typical day looks like for her and what her focus is, which is to use her engineering background to improve people's lives. Ashley works with individuals to modify their homes and work sites to make them more accessible, as well as helps students with technology to complete their assignments.During the conversation, Ashley shares some of the amazing projects she has worked on, including creating a device to help someone roll napkins around silverware in a restaurant, and an assistive technology system for a woman to play with her dog. Ashley explains that she and other rehab engineers work one-on-one with individuals, customizing products for each person's unique needs, and building them in the local technology lab.  As a person living with CMT, Ashley has plenty of advice for fellow CMT community members on how to adjust their surroundings to make them more CMT-friendly. We were impressed with Ashley's creativity and dedication to helping others and we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did! Here are five takeaways from our conversation with Ashley:Ashley is a rehabilitation engineer who uses her skills to make people's lives better.Ashley works with individuals to modify their homes and work sites to make them more accessible, as well as helps students with technology.Ashley has worked on some amazing projects, including a device to roll napkins around silverware and an assistive technology system for a woman to play with her dog.Ashley and other rehab engineers work one-on-one with individuals, customizing products for each person's unique needs.Ashley and her team build the products they design in the local technology lab.Tune in to hear Ashley’s  inspiring journey and the valuable advice she offers to those living with CMT.New episodes featuring inspiring people from the CMT community drop every third Thursday of the month.Follow us on Socials!Instagram @CMT4MeFacebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100087317297516Follow Ashley on socials! Ashley Farr McLeroy on Facebook LifeWithALimp on Instagram Please leave us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! This really helps spread awareness about CMT!Our Official Website https://www.podpage.com/cmt4me/ Don’t forget to join our email list for updates!Visit the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association official website www.cmtausa.orgJoin the CMTA Emotional Support group https://www.cmtausa.org/emotional-support-group/Read Liz O’s Blog https://bestfoot4wardblog.com/tag/elizabeth-ouellette/You can make a difference! Donate to the CMTA https://www.cmtausa.org/ways-to-give/imagine-whats-next/Have children with CMT? Check out Camp Footprint!  https://www.cmtausa.org/get-involved/camp-footprint/CMT 4 Me is Hosted by Chris Ouellette and Elizabeth OuelletteAn iRonick Media Production Released February 16th 2023CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me proFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Embracing My CMT: Strategies For Building A Fulfilling Life
Jan 19 2023
Embracing My CMT: Strategies For Building A Fulfilling Life
Happy New Year! Thank you for tuning into the first CMT 4 Me episode of 2023! We are excited to kick off the year by sharing the story of Maddie, a young woman in grad school at the University of Virginia who was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease at age 12. In this episode, Maddie shares:Insight into how she copes with CMT and deals with inner dialoguesTips for newly diagnosed individualsStrategies for introducing herself as a person with CMT to the worldThe importance of support systems in navigating life with CMTTune in to hear Maddie's inspiring journey and the valuable advice she offers to those living with CMT.New episodes featuring inspiring people from the CMT community drop every third Thursday of the month. Follow us on Socials! Instagram @CMT4MeFacebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100087317297516Follow Maddie on Socials FacebookInstagramPlease leave us a positive review on your favorite podcast platform! This really helps spread awareness about CMT!Our Official Website https://www.podpage.com/cmt4me/ Don’t forget to join our email list for updates! Visit the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association official website www.cmtausa.orgJoin the CMTA Emotional Support group https://www.cmtausa.org/emotional-support-group/Read Liz O’s Blog https://bestfoot4wardblog.com/tag/elizabeth-ouellette/You can make a difference! Donate to the CMTA https://www.cmtausa.org/ways-to-give/imagine-whats-next/Have children with CMT? Check out Camp Footprint!  https://www.cmtausa.org/get-involved/camp-footprint/CMT 4 Me is Hosted by Chris Ouellette and Elizabeth OuelletteAn iRonick Media Production Released January 19th 2023CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Psychotherapist David Tannenbaum: Secrets to Happiness Despite Chronic Illness or Pain
Nov 30 2022
Psychotherapist David Tannenbaum: Secrets to Happiness Despite Chronic Illness or Pain
Do you try to ignore your CMT? Do you keep those feelings bottled up inside because you don’t have anyone with whom you can relate? Do you think no one will understand? Maybe you feel like it is nobody’s business but your own...Psychotherapist David Tannenbaum felt the same way until he connected with the CMTA community, where he found freedom, acceptance, and unconditional love. Attending CMTA-led support groups, branches, and patient conferences, David met many people from all walks of life and his apprehension and fears faded into the background.Today, David is an integral part of the CMTA, where he helps those with CMT find joy and fulfillment through mindfulness, meditation, and gratitude. Listen. Learn. Love.David has been practicing psychotherapy for over 30 years (http://davidtannenbaumtherapy.com). David also volunteers for CMTA where he sits on the Advisory Board, runs the online Emotional Support Group (https://www.cmtausa.org/emotional-support-group/), and writes the “Ask David” column in the quarterly CMTA Report.His areas of specialty are:~ Finding meaning and purpose.~ Stress-related issues, incorporating relaxation techniques into daily life.~Developing the practice of mindfulness.~Helping to live and thrive with a physical disability.~Teaching to live in a more heart-centered way and experience a simple and profound intimacy that we all long for.~Dealing with grief and loss and learning to find joy once again.~Healthy aging.~Understanding and exploring the particular concerns of the LGBT community.CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
CMTA's Groovin' Jonah Berger shares the Magic of Camp Footprint and much more
Nov 2 2022
CMTA's Groovin' Jonah Berger shares the Magic of Camp Footprint and much more
An old soul with a big heart, Jonah Berger brings wisdom and youthful energy to every moment of every day. In this episode of CMT 4 Me, Jonah gets personal about his upbringing, family life, the Pickle Witch (yes, the Pickle Witch!), the CMTA's future leaders, and Camp Footprint – camp for kids with CMT. Explaining the success of Camp Footprint, Jonah points out, "This one-week sleepaway camp for kids with CMT is truly unique. Every camper fits in, feels free to let their guard down, and is given space to be vulnerable, real, and relaxed without the fear of being judged or perceived as different. There is no doubt in my mind – Camp changes lives." Jonah's spirit and uplifting energy are not only contagious but also motivating. His talent for storytelling and insightful personality will inspire you to move mountains.  Bio: Jonah has CMT 1X and joined the CMTA staff full-time in early 2020 as the National Youth Programs Manager and is thrilled to be serving the CMTA community by working to celebrate and engage the youth. Jonah has written two books: He Walks like a Cowboy: One Man's Journey Through Life With a Disability and The Strangest of Places, both available on Amazon for purchase. Jonah also has a website where you can find his He Walk Like a Cowboy podcast as well as his blog:  HeWalksLikeACowboy.comCMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
80s are the New 40s! CMTA Leaders Beverly and Frank Wurzel are Unstoppable
Oct 5 2022
80s are the New 40s! CMTA Leaders Beverly and Frank Wurzel are Unstoppable
The CMTA has evolved and grown exponentially over the past 20 years, and if you have not been around to witness the transformation, you need to listen to the voices of longtime CMTA volunteers and branch leaders Beverly and Frank Wurzel. Beverly and Frank Wurzel have spent the past 20 years of their lives spreading CMT awareness and raising funds for CMTA STAR research. Their raw determination, motivation and never-say-never attitudes are not only commendable but also incredibly awe-inspiring.  As Beverly walks you through her time at CMTA, Frank keeps everyone on their toes and in stitches. Married for 65 years, these two longtime CMTA advocates truly care about the people they serve, so much so, they consider their fellow CMTA members as second family. Bev is a connector of people; Frank is a committed supporter. Together, they are leaving a legacy of love, philanthropy and caring.  CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Support. Love. Family. with Julia and Herb Beron
Aug 17 2022
Support. Love. Family. with Julia and Herb Beron
Julia and Herb Beron share a moving story of courage, resilience, and autonomy.  Julia's never known life without CMT. Having had falls, foot and knee surgeries, hearing loss, and a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, Julia, with her family's unconditional support, keeps moving forward with grace, independence, and self-confidence. Hear her story. Learn her secrets. Watch her future.  It's going to be amazing!HighlightsWho is Sally and how did she give Julia so much freedom?The best day of her life – where's the cat?Julia gives dating advice. You are going to love it!Rachael's  Practicality + Herb's Emotional Intelligence = Julia's BrillianceIf you had one wish? You won't believe their answers.*Herb Beron is a member of the CMTA Board of Directors and a  long-time supporter of CMTA.*Julia Beron is a previous member of the Youth Council, Co-Illustrator of the book, Walk A Mile In My Braces, and Co-Leader of the CMTA COMPASS Group for Young Adults with CMT.CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org
Kicking CMT to the Curb - Your hosts, Chris and LizO: Dedicated to Riley Ashe
Jul 20 2022
Kicking CMT to the Curb - Your hosts, Chris and LizO: Dedicated to Riley Ashe
Comin’ at you! What do you get when you mix chaotic creativity with organized comedy? You get the #1 CMT Podcast available today: CMT 4 Me. Despite being polar opposites, this brother-sister team brings it all together in an exciting and informative series focused on all aspects of CMT. Meet Chris and LizO Chris and Elizabeth Ouellette), dedicated siblings on a mission to magnify the voices of individuals with CMT, share their challenges and success stories, and raise awareness of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.HighlightsAs kids, they learned homelessness was not someone else’s problem.Giving back is so much more than pizza and donuts for Halloween.The incredible reasons why they Cycle 4 CMT.Out to kick CMT’s ass. No questions asked.Where it’s at: cycle4cmt.comCMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.orgFor more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org