My Mum, my nephew and his Mum and me all have Fred's Ataxia. I do loads of exercise and go out and think positive so does my Nephew. My Mum and sister did/do nothing and my Mum died after having a tracheotomy (for 7 years) and dying with choking. My sister (who is a year older and can not talk hardly and uses a wheelchair) was taken into hospital xmas day as she has lost 2 1/2 stone not eating as she is now choking. I need to know is this part of the illness and can I do something to help/stop this.