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Wilmington Essential Tremor Group

Dear Editor,
As the local coordinator of the Wilmington Essential Tremor Awareness Group, I would like to briefly bring you up to date on the most recent information concerning Essential Tremor Awareness Month.
Essential tremor is a neurological condition that causes shaking of the head, hands, and voice. An estimated 10 million people in the United States have essential tremor (ET). March was National Essential Tremor Awareness Month, an important time to increase awareness of this condition and provide helpful information to those who have or might have ET.
In December 2010, the United States House of Representatives formally passed House Resolution 1264, sponsored by Congressman Dennis Moore (3rd District Kansas) that officially designates March as National Essential Tremor Awareness Month. This resolution, cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 56 Representatives, was the culmination of a three-year effort to gain recognition for a condition that affects the daily lives of so many people.
While not life threatening, ET is a serious and progressive condition that can significantly affect a person's quality of life socially, professionally and emotionally. People with ET often have difficulty with everyday activities such as dressing, eating, drinking, speaking and writing.
Despite the numerous people directly affected by ET, there is still little awareness of the disorder. In fact, ET is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's Disease (PD), but ET is eight times more common than PD. Getting proper diagnosis for tremor is a key step in seeking treatment, managing the condition, and raising awareness with others to foster understanding. The International Essential Tremor Foundation, a non-profit organization, is a helpful resource to learn more about ET symptoms, treatment, specialists, current research and support groups. Since its inception, the IETF has distributed more than half a million dollars in research grants to fund many promising studies, search for the cause of ET, and develop better treatment. To learn more about this, please visit the IETF website at www.essentialtremor.org or call 888-387-3667. The Wilmington Essential Tremor Awareness Group is our local support group for individuals with ET. We meet monthly at the New Hanover County Senior Center as a resource for individuals with this condition.
Sincerely,
Carol Anderson, Group Leader,
Carolina Beach, NC