Omaha Doctor Reaches out to Others with AtaxiaPublished: Sept. 16, 2016
Dr. Linda Snider was 10 when her father was diagnosed with ataxia, which had begun to impair his balance and rob his ability to walk and speak clearly.
Ataxia, an inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movement, is sometimes associated with other diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, or even strokes or brain tumors.
But there also are genetic forms.
Her father’s condition was genetic. So at 21, with dad in a wheelchair, Snider underwent genetic testing and learned that she had inherited the disease.