Essential tremor support group formed in Sylva

Jul 23, 2014

The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) announces a support group for those affected by essential tremor has been formed. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday August 16, at Alliance Bible Church, located at 501 N. River Road, Sylva. The group serves individuals in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties.

Essential tremor is a neurological condition that affects 10 million adults and children. Although it is not a life-threatening condition, it is a life-altering condition that causes rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, legs or voice, frequently impacting everyday activities such as eating, drinking and writing. While the severity of the tremor may vary from person to person, it often makes those affected self-conscious or anxious in social situations.

ET is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease, yet according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, eight times as many people have ET as have Parkinson’s.

“Essential tremor can be frustrating in how it affects the quality of people’s lives,” said Ted Kubit, the Sylva support group leader. “This group will offer an informal place where those affected can be themselves. At our group, individuals won’t be asked if their hands are shaking because they’re cold or nervous. They will find support and fellowship among others just like them — others with essential tremor.”

All interested in ET are welcome — patients, friends, family and health care professionals.

Individuals interested in attending should contact Kubit at 631-5543 or to RSVP.

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