About fifteen years ago, I was an active person selling various insurance and investment products. Then, I started noticing balance problems. At first, I underestimated how much my ability to maintain balance had decreased and, as a result, had no concern walking over a garden hose in my garage. The unevenness of the hose caused me to lose my balance, fall on the concrete floor, and break my right leg near the hip. After that, I think that I became overly cautious. I left my job, and decreased doing physical tasks both inside, and outside. Also, I felt unable to keep-up with other people and, so, cut back my social activities. Are these reactions typical with persons who are just starting to experience symptoms of Ataxia? I feel that my reaction to my symptoms has caused me to feel that I have almost stopped accomplishing things in my life, that I reduced my efforts to experience new things, and that I am becoming increasingly socially isolated, and physically out of shape. What I am wondering is whether these feelings are common among persons with Ataxia. Even more importantly, I wonder whether some people with Ataxia have managed to overcome those problems by maybe, for example, finding some sort of online employment, or other type of work that is not too physically demanding. Has anyone found any ways to make themselves feel more productive, more able to stay in shape, and more able to develop social contacts? Not being able to continue to work at your previous employment, not being able to be very physically active, and avoiding social contacts because you feel embarassed and out of place, have, for me, proven to
more difficult to handle than has not having the ability to stay balanced.