Living With Dystonia

Coping well with dystonia may require more than treating the physical symptoms.

Dystonia often impacts every aspect of a person's life, and learning to live with dystonia can be a profound adjustment. Many people with dystonia describe the process of diagnosis and everyday coping as riding a rollercoaster with dramatic ups and downs: there are setbacks and celebrations, challenges and victories.

Living successfully with dystonia is possible. Nearly 40 years of serving the dystonia community have revealed that the following factors contribute greatly to a person's ability to live as well as possible: 

Mother and daughter Rebecca Sharp and Virginia Hornsby talk candidly about how dystonia has impacted their family since husband and father Tim Hornsby was diagnosed. The family founded and leads the Dothan, Alabama Dystonia Support Group and has organized Dystance4Dystonia 5K events to promote awareness and support of the DMRF.

Guitarist and composer Billy McLaughlin talks about his experience with dystonia and the Musicians Dystonia Summit that took place March 9-10, 2012 in New York, New York. Billy is the DMRF's Awareness Ambassador and ex officio Board Member. He also co-leads the Minnesota Dystonia Support Group.

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Accelerating Research & Inspiring Hope

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) has served the dystonia community since 1976. Join us in our global effort to find a cure.