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Charcot-Marie-Tooth Awareness Month hopes to bring condition to light Featured

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A UK-based charity is raising awareness of a little known, genetic, neurological disorder disorder for those who have the condition but have not get been diagnosed.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth UK has launched CMT Awareness Month for September, with the campaign which aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth among people who have the condition but do not know, make more professionals aware of the condition, and let people who have CMT know the charity exists.

CMT is a steadily progressive disorder that causes muscle weakness and wasting in the lower legs and feet, leading to problems like hammer toes, restricted mobility and uncontrollable pain.

The hands and fingers are also affected, making tasks needing fine motor skills such as fastening shoe laces and buttons very difficult.

Keith Hills, 62 from Malmesbury, was diagnosed with Type 1 Hereditary Motor Sensory Neuropathy in 2015.

He said: "My CMT is relatively mild. I wasn't even aware I had the condition until I was diagnosed when my wife suggested I should investigate why I had problems with my balance and I was tripping over all the time.

"When I was finally diagnosed it helped me understand why there were certain things I always struggled with, such as balance, running and walking and it helped me work out ways of alleviating these problems, but it doesn't prevent me or materially restrict me in normal day-to-day activities.

"As I get older I find I am getting further symptoms and my hands are now affected.

"I struggle with things such as gripping small items and doing up buttons.

"However I do feel very lucky this is the only health issue I have at my age.

"There are my types of CMT with different symptoms and severities, but in my case, a diagnosis has meant I have been able to do things to make life easier.

"For example, getting ankle braces has meant I can walk four or five miles without getting tired.

"I'd like to encourage anyone who feels they may have it to see their GP."

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