It’s September and that means one thing – CMT Awareness Month. During the month of September I will be using my blog to play a part in raising Awareness with an “alphabet challenge” – blogging a letter / key word almost every day.  Today is brought to you by the letter I. I hope my month of blogging will help you to learn more about CMT – the most common but least well known hereditary nerve disorder – and me. And I hope this will also help to raise funds for the Charcot Marie Tooth Association to support its efforts to find a treatment for CMT. You can join me in learning more about CMT by clicking onto and of course a donation would be wonderful too!

I love this quote by Audrey Hepburn. This really has summed up my year in triathlon – and in my opinion it also sums up the findings of one of the most critical pieces of CMT research published in years.

This year I ventured back into triathlon, not sure if my body could handle another season of racing. In May at the CapTex Triathlon (where this photo was taken as I finished, being greeted over the line by my friend Joey) it was a test – to see if triathlon would still be possible for me, with all of the issues I was facing with my knee. It was.

And in March a study was published which discussed if overwork weakness was relevant in the management of CMT.  271 patients were observed, tapping into the research community of the international consortia for CMT. Finally – FINALLY – the researchers refuted the long held assumption that exercise was harmful for patients with CMT1A, and postulated that instead activity should be encouraged as an effective way to manage the impact of CMT on those diagnosed.

Finally – the message that nothing is impossible.

Sure, we may have to find work arounds. Sure, we may get frustrated. But just like I learned this year, when I stopped focusing on performance relatively and just concentrated on my own abilities – I AM POSSIBLE. We are all POSSIBLE. And NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE.

Dream big, aim high, and act to achieve your ambitions. The sky really is the limit – CMT or not.

It’s CMT Awareness Month. Today’s post was brought to you by the letter “I” – I AM POSSIBLE. You can learn more about CMT and donate to support the search for a treatment for this (at present) incurable progressive degenerative nerve disease at — Thank you!

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