It’s a fact: most people don’t know what essential tremor (ET) is. When they see someone shaking, they assume it’s “old age setting in,” or nervousness or anxiety. Once they know the truth, and learn about essential tremor, judgment goes away and understanding and compassion take over.
For this year’s National Essential Tremor Awareness Month in March, the International Essential Tremor Foundation chose the theme, “Raise the Curtain on ET.” While as a foundation we work every day to raise awareness and increase understanding of ET, March is a time when we work to rally everyone in the ET community to join us to make an impact. Let’s “Raise the Curtain!”
raise the curtain
- To make (something) publicly known; to reveal or disclose the truth (about something)
How can you do this? There are numerous ways. First, make it your personal goal to EDUCATE SOMEONE about essential tremor. Explain what it is and what is does. . .how it affects you. Since there are an estimated 10 million people in the United States alone who have ET, if each of these people reaches out to just one person, we will have educated 10 million more people. And if each of those 10 million people educate one more person. . . . well, you see the trend.
SHARE YOUR STORY with us. We will be posting a series of blogs on our Tremor Talk blog site. Talk about your personal struggle, or how you have worked to overcome your ET. You could share coping techniques, assistive devices or medications that work for you. (Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org). Or simply share your story in the comments section when you read other blogs.
ORDER A FREE ET AWARENESS POSTER and hang it in a public place. The IETF developed new posters this year that clearly define ET and provide facts (again, dispelling any myths out there). So far hundreds have been mailed out to individuals who report they are displaying them in their workplace, local hospital, doctor’s office, community center and grocery store, among other places.
DOWNLOAD OUR SOCIAL MEDIA BANNERS and add them to your own personal social media sites. These visual elements can be conversation starters for your social media followers. And watch our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn) to “LIKE” AND “SHARE” OUR POSTS. We will be posting a series of 31 FACTS ABOUT ET – one each day during March. These facts can help educate others and can help eliminate stigmas.
GET A “RAISE THE CURTAIN ON ET”
T-SHIRT AND TOTE BAG by making a donation to the IETF. For a $30 donation you will receive the t-shirt. For a $50 donation, you will receive both the t-shirt and tote bag. Use these to spread awareness about essential tremor all year long.
By working together, we can truly make an impact and raise awareness and understanding of ET. Let’s raise that curtain!