34 episodes

CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.org

CMT 4 Me Chris and Elizabeth Ouellette

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 40 Ratings

CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.org

    CMT Insights: Unlocking Better Mobility With Tom DuPont

    CMT Insights: Unlocking Better Mobility With Tom DuPont

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease comes with its set of daily mobility challenges, intensified by the search for comfortable and supportive footwear amidst nerve damage, foot weakness, and deformities. In this episode of the official podcast of the CMTA, we explore adaptive solutions that bring hope and enhanced mobility to those living with CMT. 
     
    Hosts Chris and Liz O. welcome Tom DuPont for a heartfelt discussion about his life with CMT. Tom opens up about his battle with the disease, from initial diagnosis to finding innovative footwear and support devices that have significantly improved his mobility and quality of life. 
     
    Episode Highlights: 
    Tom DuPont's CMT Journey: A look into Tom's early symptoms, the diagnosis process, and how he successfully manages his CMT with adaptive devices and footwear. Innovative Solutions for Better Mobility: Tom showcases the external braces and neoprene silicon boots that have been transformative in his fight for comfort and stability, shedding light on the importance of innovative mobility solutions. The Power of Determination: Highlighting Tom's philosophy of "move it or lose it," this segment emphasizes the importance of staying active to slow CMT progression, inspired by Tom's unwavering determination. A Peek into Future Innovations: Tom discusses the exciting potential of 3D-printing technology in creating personalized mobility solutions for those with CMT, pointing to a future of even greater adaptability and support.  
    Stay Engaged with "CMT 4 Me" - The CMTA's Official Podcast 
    Join us as we explore personal stories, breakthroughs, and insights within our CMT community. As the official podcast of the CMTA, "CMT 4 Me" is your monthly source of inspiration, information, and community connection. Don't miss out on this empowering experience—join our journey to navigate and improve life with CMT together. 
     
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    Your story is powerful. If you're living with CMT and wish to share your experience on "CMT 4 Me," please let us know through our interest form. By joining the conversation, you offer hope and inspire countless others in our community. 
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    Please note that the transcript provided by Apple Podcasts for the CMT 4 Me podcast is generated using AI models, which may result in inaccuracies or errors in the transcript. If you prefer to consume the podcast with human-generated captions, we invite you to check out our "Raw & Unedited" series on YouTube. Thank you for your understanding and support. 
    CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, inclu
    For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org

    • 42 min
    Foot Pain Insights With Dr. Greg Stilwell

    Foot Pain Insights With Dr. Greg Stilwell

    Finding the right shoes when you have CMT can be a major challenge. The CMTA presents CMT 4 Me, its official community podcast. Join hosts Chris and Liz O. as they share a conversation with podiatrist Dr. Greg Stilwell and his intern Brandin Irwin about how to navigate footwear choices with CMT and innovations that could change the game. When nerve damage in your feet causes weakness and deformities, comfort is elusive and stability hard to come by. Dr. Stilwell shares his expertise on managing CMT complications and demonstrates his innovative “Stand Strong Arch Support” designed to redistribute pressure points and provide a custom fit. Stay tuned for personal stories and a look into emerging 3D printing technology that may provide customized orthotics adapted to each person’s CMT progression.


    Highlights:
    Dr. Stilwell explains how growing up with family members with CMT led him to become a podiatrist. He provides an overview of CMT foot deformities.He demonstrates his innovative "Stand Strong Arch Support" product designed to redistribute pressure points on the foot.The conversation explores using 3D scanning and printing technology to create customized orthotics that adapt as CMT progresses.They share personal stories about the challenges of finding proper footwear with CMT and other nerve diseases.Dr. Stilwell expresses his dedication to continuing research and helping bring emerging technology to improve quality of life for the CMT community.

    Stay connected with us! Follow CMT 4 Me to keep up with our monthly episodes spotlighting stories and advancements important to our community.


    Join Our Conversation: We want to hear from you! If you're interested in sharing your CMT journey on the podcast, please fill out our interest form. You could be the voice that inspires others.




    Explore More: Check out CMT 4 Me Raw and Unedited on YouTube for more in-depth conversations.


    For more on CMT and the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org and sign up for emails on our website.
    CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Fill out our CMT 4 Me Podcast Interest Form: cmtausa.org/cmt4me. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.org



    For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org

    • 40 min
    CMTA Progress Through Unity With Gilles Bouchard, Laurel Richardson, and Jeana Sweeney

    CMTA Progress Through Unity With Gilles Bouchard, Laurel Richardson, and Jeana Sweeney

    The CMTA presents CMT 4 Me, its official community podcast. Join hosts Chris and Liz O. as they pull up a chair with three passionate CMTA advocates: Gilles Bouchard, Jeana Sweeney, and Laurel Richardson. In an honest, free-flowing panel conversation, this group shares their wisdom about life with CMT.  From the frontiers of science to profoundly personal stories of family unity, they offer rare insight into the challenges and indestructible solidarity of the CMT community. 
    Highlights:
    Gilles Bouchard shares updates on CMT research and the impact of the STAR program.Jeana Sweeney shares her personal journey with the CMTA.  With 20 plus years of raising awareness and funds.  She's a fierce advocate for the CMTA.  Laurel Richardson emphasizes the strength of the CMTA community in overcoming challenges.Stay connected with us. Follow CMT 4 Me  to keep up with our monthly episodes, where we explore the stories and advancements that are important to our community.
    Join Our Conversation: Your experiences and stories are what make our community strong. If you're interested in sharing your journey with CMT, please fill out our interest form. You could be the voice that inspires others in our next episode.

    Explore More: For more in-depth conversations and insights, check out CMT 4 Me Raw and Unedited on YouTube. It's a space where we share openly and connect more deeply with our CMT family.

    CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.org
    For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org

    • 48 min
    Hazel's Wisdom: Living Boldly with CMT

    Hazel's Wisdom: Living Boldly with CMT

    Join us for a heartwarming chat with 10-year-old Hazel and the Coldiron family on CMT 4 Me! 💫 Discover how they face CMT with unwavering positivity and determination. Hazel's advice for an awesome life? "Don't let CMT limit you, be proud of who you are, and focus on what you can do." 🌟❤️
     🔹 Hazel's uplifting take on CMT and her leg braces
    🔹 The Annual Coldiron Derby for CMTA fundraising 
    🔹 Hazel's incredible journey of courage and resilience
    🔹Hazel’s mantra – be all you can be with or without CMT!
     
    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok to stay connected and get inspired to live boldly with CMT. Listen to more uplifting stories at www.podpage.com/CMT4Me. 📚
    Have your own story to share with the CMT community? Call us at 1-941-233-5172. Together, we can raise awareness and build a strong, supportive community! 🤝💪 #CMTAwareness #Inspiration #HazelStrong
     CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.org
     



    For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org

    • 42 min
    Rick Biagiola - CMT Didn't Silence His Beat

    Rick Biagiola - CMT Didn't Silence His Beat

    In this poignant episode, we're honored to share the deeply personal story of Rick Biagiola, an accomplished drummer who rose to fame with the 1960s rock band The Outsiders. Known for their hit "Time Won't Let Me," the band brought Rick recognition across the country during the peak of his youth. Little did he know then that in later decades he would face the daily tribulations of living with CMT. He was Diagnosed with CMT 2F later in life and after years of mysterious symptoms, Rick candidly reflects on navigating the ups and downs of his music career while also contending with the progressively limiting effects of CMT.


    Despite the physical and emotional challenges CMT brings, Rick maintains his innate optimism, humor, and lifelong passion for drumming. He discusses the initial frustration of workplace discrimination once his symptoms became visible. We also learn how support from his devoted wife Lois and Rick's own determined spirit kept him pushing forward during the toughest times. His advice on finding inner strength and adapting to disability offers inspiration. Overall, Rick exemplifies the positivity  and hope that lives within the CMT community. 



    **Tell Us How You Navigate CMT!**


    Within the CMT community, every individual's journey is a testament to determination and strength. How do you navigate the ups and downs of CMT? We’d love to hear your strategies! Please dial in at (941) 233-5172 and share your tips, experiences, and stories of navigating CMT. These shared moments have the potential to inspire, bring comfort, and foster deeper connections. Selected stories might even find their way into upcoming episodes, offering insights and encouragement to others.


    **Ready to Hear More Inspiring Tales?**


    If you found Rick's journey moving or want to share your own story, check out our interest form and stay tuned for more conversations that bring the CMT community together.
    CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, interviews with the CMTA community, including board members, branch leaders, and CMTA team members. Have a story you’d like to share? Write to info@cmtausa.org. You may be our next guest on the new CMT 4 ME podcast! For more information on the CMTA, please visit our website: cmtausa.org


    For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org

    • 40 min
    Best of CMT 4 ME

    Best of CMT 4 ME

    In honor of CMT Awareness Month, this episode is dedicated to helping listeners navigate the vast seas of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. As we sail through September, dubbed #CMTAM23, we're amplifying voices that echo the experiences, challenges, and hopes of over 3 million individuals affected by CMT worldwide. In this special compilation, we weave together the best of 'CMT 4 Me' to highlight both the scientific strides and the deeply personal tales of acceptance and resilience. It's more than just individual stories; it's a collective testament to the spirit of a community striving to spread awareness. So, whether you're familiar with CMT or hearing about this commonly inherited neurological disease for the first time, join us in making waves of change. And while you're at it, consider honoring a CMT star in your life by adding their name to the CMTA's virtual Sky of Fame, a luminous tribute to those navigating the challenges of CMT.
    Guests Featured:
    Dr. ZuchnerDavid TannanbaumArda OzdemirCamilla StivinsonBev and Frank WurzelAron TaylorAshley McLeroyDan and John MorganYohan BouchardDr. Glenn PfeifferAnd More!
    Episode Highlights:
    The promising landscape of gene therapies and what the future holds.Embracing and navigating the emotional journey post-CMT diagnosis.The importance and strength of community in the face of CMT.Stories of hope, acceptance, and the lessons life with CMT teaches us.The tireless advocacy efforts shaping a brighter future for those with CMT.As we reflect on the stories and insights shared, it's evident that the CMT journey is one of challenges met with determination, heartaches soothed by community, and a collective drive to push forward. Together, we're not just raising awareness; we're building a brighter, more informed future.

    Want to Share Your Story? Inspired by today's conversations? If you have your own CMT story to share please complete our interest form here to be considered to be a guest on CMT 4 Me.

    Stay Connected: To dive deeper into the world of CMT and stay updated on future episodes, join our email community.

    Behind-the-Scenes: For those curious about the candid moments and raw conversations behind each episode, don't miss our "Raw and Unedited" series on youtube here

    Tell Us How You Navigate CMT!
    Within the CMT community, every individual's journey is a testament to resilience and strength. How does one navigate the ups and downs of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease? The podcast encourages listeners to dial in at (941) 233-5172 and share their strategies, experiences, and stories of navigating CMT. These shared moments have the potential to inspire, bring comfort, and foster deeper connections. Selected stories might even find their way into upcoming episodes, offering insights and encouragement to others. It's a collective effort, weaving together the voices of many into a tapestry of support and understanding. Share your voice and be part of this narrative. #CMT4Me #ShareYourStory
    CMT 4 Me is an emotional, heartfelt, and humorous podcast for the 3+ million people who have CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), their friends, family, and the general public. CMT 4 Me provides a platform for people with CMT to have a voice, describe challenges, find ways to overcome those challenges, and share successes. Another goal is to spread CMT awareness and unite as a community. We will also cover research updates, fundraising, unique stories, inte
    For more information about CMT and to support the CMTA, please visit www.cmtausa.org

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Mikee-doodle ,

My New Favorite Podcast

I wish it was possible to give more than 5 stars. Since discovering this podcast, I’ve been binge listening to all the episodes. Chris and Liz-O do an amazing job of discussing an incredibly difficult topic with warmth, compassion and a healthy dose of humor. Their guests are informative and inspirational. I honestly can’t say which episode I like best because they are all fantastic. CMT4ME a great resource for anyone dealing with this disease, their friends and family.

halcberry ,

Validated so much of my life. I am so grateful.

I am 29 and was just diagnosed with CMT after looking for answers for YEARS! Every episode has me in tears. I meet with Dr. Shy in March and am so excited to get more information, in the mean time, I found your podcast and I am so, so grateful that I did. I always knew I was different; my entire life I could always tell there was something more than just being “clumsy” or “dainty”. Hearing episodes about other people’s experiences and struggles through life and how similar they have been to mine has really brought me into the path of acceptance of myself, and my diagnosis. I can’t wait to listen to more!

whwhwhaaat ,

Love!

So thrilled to find this Podcast. I wish they had more that one show a month, I have learned so much!

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