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The Voice: Caring for her younger brother, who is non-verbal and has a brain injury, fuels Elizabeth Espinosa's passion to speak for him and others with special needs.

Farley, Todd; Bolster, Mary

Neurology Now . 11(5):40-43, October/November 2015.

Caring for her younger brother Christian, who is non-verbal and has a brain injury, fuels TV and radio host Elizabeth Espinosa's passion to speak for him and others with special needs.

Hitting the Books: Having lost her ability to read because of a stroke, acclaimed writer Esmeralda Santiago began the difficult but familiar process of learning a new language.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 10(4):16-23, August/September 2014.

Acclaimed writer Esmeralda Santiago, author of the memoir When I Was Puerto Rican and novels including America's Dream, The Turkish Lover, and Conquistadora, is a master storyteller. But when a stroke damaged her ability to read, she began the difficult but familiar process of learning a new language.

High Note: After leaving the NFL because of repeated concussion, Ben Utecht has found a new sense of purpose in music and advocacy.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 10(2):17-19, April/May 2014.

Following his fifth documented concussion, Ben Utecht's six-year National Football League career came abruptly to an end. “After suffering multiple concussions, there have been changes in my cognitive functioning,” Utecht says. But he has found a renewed sense of purpose as a recording artist, motivational speaker, and advocate for brain health. Now, Utecht is being honored with the American Academy of Neurology's Public Leadership in Neurology award.

Soccer Star Tim Howard: Tending Goal with Tourette's Syndrome

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 9(2):16-20, April-May 2013.

Professional soccer player Tim Howard has been called one of the best goalkeepers in the sport—with or without Tourette's syndrome (TS). In school, Howard quickly discovered that, as an athlete, “I wasn't Tim who had TS or Tim who had tics. I was Tim who scored goals or scored baskets or hit home runs,” he says. Off the field, Howard is an advocate for individuals with TS, encouraging them to reach their own goals.

Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor: Behind the scenes of the American Academy of Neurology's new book for patients and caregivers.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 8(5):28-31, October-november 2012.

If you've been diagnosed with a brain tumor, what comes next? Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor, a new book for patients and caregivers, offers answers to the difficult questions that may arise. “Patients want to be able to feel not only like they understand everything, but also that they can contribute to what's going on. This book is another tool to make this transition,” says coauthor Alyx Porter, M.D.

10-Year Ache: Singer Rosanne Cash on living with Chiari I malformation and syringomyelia.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 8(3):18-22, June-july 2012.

Rosanne Cash, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, author, and eldest daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, lived with devastating headaches for much of her adult life. After nearly a decade of uncertainty, she was diagnosed and treated for a Chiari I malformation and syringomyelia. Though recovery from surgery has been difficult, she is putting the years of ache behind her.

Rocket Man: Astronaut Rich Clifford's journey with Parkinson's disease.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 8(2):18-24, April/May 2012.

Former astronaut Michael “Rich” Clifford was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) in 1994 during the early stages of the disease, but it didn't prevent him from climbing aboard the shuttle Atlantis and rocketing off into space for the third time. “Don't let PD drive what you want to do,” Clifford says. “Remember that you're in charge of your future.”

Speaking of Alzheimer's: CBS Broadcaster Jim Nantz's famous voice has never been clearer.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 8(1):14-19, February-march 2012.

For over 25 years, Jim Nantz has been the voice of CBS Sports. After his dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the 1990s, Nantz found something else to be vocal about. He wrote a best-selling book in memory of his late father in 2008 and then opened the Nantz National Alzheimer Center.

Larger Than Life: Dyslexia, paralysis, face blindness—nothing comes between legendary artist Chuck Close and his canvas, except a brush.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 7(4):14-16,18-19, August/September 2011.

World-renowned artist Chuck Close is as complex as his intricate paintings. Equipped with an arsenal of color and vast blank canvases, Close uses his neurologic conditions—dyslexia, face blindness, paralysis—as an impetus to paint with greater depth and richness. “Everything in my work is directly related to my learning disabilities,” he says.

A Punk Rock Icon Takes on MS


Neurology Now . 6(5):15-17, September/October 2010.

Her New World: As the lead singer of the Los Angeles band X, Exene Cervenka became a pioneer of the male-dominated punk movement of the 1970s and '80s. She brings the same independent spirit and determination to her battle with multiple sclerosis. Here, she opens up about her struggle to get a diagnosis and how she copes with the disease.

Playing His Hand: After being diagnosed with focal dystonia of his right hand, professional musician Billy McLaughlin relearned how to play the guitar—with his left.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 6(4):16-18, July/August 2010.

After being diagnosed with focal dystonia of his right hand, virtuoso musician Billy McLaughlin relearned how to play the guitar—with his left. But he didn't stop there. Today, he is back to performing concerts, and remains committed to raising awareness of this potentially debilitating disease

In the Family

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 6(1):16-19, January/February 2010.

Over the last 30 years, David Iverson has written and supervised production of more than 25 documentaries airing on PBS. His 2009 Frontline film, My Father, My Brother, and Me, chronicles his family's experience with Parkinson's disease and looks at some of the promising directions in research.

Rolle With It


Neurology Now . 5(5):16-18,22, September/October 2009.

“Epilepsy is nothing to hide or be embarrassed about,” says Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle. By speaking openly about his seizures, Rolle has helped show the National Football League—and the world—that epilepsy is a manageable disease, not something to be shrouded in mystery.

Even Cowboys Get Migraines


Neurology Now . 4(5):14-16,19, September/October 2008.

During the 1990s, Troy Aikman was a recordsetting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, leading them to three Super Bowl wins. He built a Hall-of-Fame career while suffering from migraine, an often debilitating neurological condition that afflicts nearly 30 million Americans. But it was almost 35 years after first experiencing symptoms that Aikman was finally diagnosed with migraine—because he never consulted a doctor about his pain.

Tedy Bruschi's Post‐stroke Return to the NFL.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 4(2):15-17, March/April 2008.

At thirty-one years of age, New England Patriot Tedy Bruschi had just helped the Patriots win their third of the previous four Super Bowls and been selected to his sport's all-star game, the Pro Bowl. At the peak of his physical powers, the linebacker never imagined he was a candidate for stroke. Now, as the first stroke survivor to return to a career in professional football, Bruschi is using his celebrity to raise awareness about the leading cause of disability in the U.S.

Home on Ice


Neurology Now . 4(1):28-29, January/February 2008.

After getting treatment for cervical dystonia, professional ice hockey player Rem Murray is back where he belongs. And to help raise awareness of this “poorly understood, underappreciated, and undiagnosed” disease, Murray has established the “Reaching Your Goals” campain with the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. (dystonia-foundation.org).

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