As strange as it sounds, I was uncomfortable that I felt uncomfortable. It was a feeling I had experienced only a few times before. But, on that night, when my boyfriend gave me flowers, opened the door for me and acted like a perfect gentleman, the truth was, I didn't like it. And it bothered me that I could not identify why.
Originally from The United States, Heather has spent the last 13 years in Canada. Four years ago, after a long search that yielded no answers for the cause of her boys mystery symptoms, she gave up her career as a Surgical Device Rep to focus on getting her kids the care and treatment they needed. <br> <br> Since then, both of her children have been diagnosed with Dystonia, a little known neurological movement disorder that causes painful twisting and contractions of any voluntary muscle in the body. <br> <br> In 2016 she joined the board of directors for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada and has also found her voice as an advocate for dystonia through her blog, <a href="http://www.raisingdystonia.wordpress.com." rel="nofollow">"Raising Dystonia."</a> <br> <br> Connect with her on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raising-Dystonia/1486721551593886" rel="nofollow">Raising Dystonia</a> and on Twitter @RaisingDystonia
What I loved most in that moment listening to strangers argue over my clothes was the open conversation about culture. The friendly acceptance of our differences. They did not find it odd that an American girl needed a sari. I realized that feeling American is part of what made me Canadian.
11/16/2016 03:03 EST
Both of my boys have a rare neurological movement disorder called Dystonia. It causes painful twisting and contractions of the muscles. The episodic nature of it means that one minute they are running and playing like any other child and the next minute their hands and legs stop working. This means lots of falls and has made my six year old apprehensive about participating in team sports.And then he saw you play.
09/30/2016 03:06 EDT
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