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Living an adventurous life at the age of 22, Caroline thought she was pursuing her dream. At the time, she was living in Korea, where she was teaching elementary school and applying for her Ph.D. after completing a bachelor’s degree in Immunology from the University of Edinburgh. She never would have suspected that what she thought was just a regular cold, maybe caught from her young students, would ultimately lead to a life-changing and potentially life-threatening diagnosis.

While Mark has been living with essential tremor (ET) for more than 40 years, his condition has grown progressively worse for the last three decades, creating significant problems in his day-to-day life. As a middle school teacher, he found it increasingly challenging to complete simple tasks, like writing on the board or grading papers.

When Steve began experiencing flu-like symptoms, he and his wife Crystal didn’t think his condition was serious. His primary care physician and urgent care doctors thought he might have mononucleosis or tonsillitis, but Steve and Crystal knew these theories were unlikely since Steve had his tonsils removed as a child. When he realized antibiotics weren’t improving his symptoms, Steve decided to visit the emergency room. Crystal was at an after-school activity when she received a call from Steve to tell her he had leukemia.

When Meaghan was pregnant with her second child, she found herself struggling to get out of bed. Many people assumed she was experiencing depression because she was also coping with the recent death of her brother. What was really going on with her brain wouldn’t be properly diagnosed for another four years.