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Brain-Based Balance Exercises

Brain-Based Exercises for Balance Enhancement: You might ask, how do we create exercises that impact the brain? These exercises use our senses: touch, smell, sight, sound, taste, and the inner ear in specific patterns to get the desired outcome. This approach of combining exercises builds better neural pathways to influence balance. One of the best …

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Exercise for CIPN

By Sumedha ShastryHave you ever been watching TV and stumbled upon an advertisement promoting an 80s aerobics class—filled with bright workout outfits and groovy background music? For many, it brings back memories of decades past, when Jane Fonda and Arnold Schwarzenegger were iconic television figures; for others, like me, it exposes life before YouTube workout …

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How a PN patient maintains hope

Meet Jeff K., an FPN supporter and volunteer, recent retiree, and resident of West Hartford, CT Jeff K. was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy (PN) nine years ago, with noticeable issues emerging in the last two years. The initial diagnosis followed back surgery, and his neurosurgeon at Mass General in Boston referred him to a neurologist …

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Coping with Chronic Pain

Coping with Chronic Pain

My name is Brooke Gottesman. As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) working in mental health since 2004, I am currently in part-time private practice in NY with a specialization in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). My practice focuses on patients managing chronic pain. Writing this article is an opportunity to share my story of chronic …

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Jen and Rosy’s Story: Two Moms Unite Over Small Fiber Neuropathy

Small Fiber Neuropathy brings two women together in friendship and for a cause Rosy George and Jen Roland were strangers living hundreds of miles apart. Soon after her life-changing diagnosis, Rosy of New York reached out to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy looking for support. She was given Jen’s contact information, a young mom from …

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Jeffrey’s Story: Life Is Good

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.” —Helen Keller   The Diagnosis I was diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy in August 2021. Two years prior to a diagnosis, I kept feeling that my socks were bunching up in my feet. I started buying new sneakers and socks. But …

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Healthy Eating for PN: Tempeh and Meat Alternatives

Chef Bill Nolan shares some ideas on how to cook with meat alternatives and plant-based proteins. Wondering about Meat Alternatives? By now we’ve probably all been exposed to alternatives to meat, if not in our own kitchens, then through the extensive marketing that is done by companies selling these new products. We can all benefit …

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Chuck’s Story: Exploring the National Parks

Chuck is a husband, father, grandfather, outdoorsman – and a PN patient who strongly supports the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy (FPN) and advocates for his own health and that of others. We chatted with Chuck about his recent adventures and his tips for others who want to follow his example of exploring the national parks. What is your connection to peripheral …

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