This causes the coordination problems to become more pronounced, according to The National Ataxia Foundation.
The family now works together to raise awareness for the disease, which is also associated with poor vision and depression.
Susan Perlman, UCLA professor of neurology told My Fox
When Tim’s two younger brothers, Peter, 23 and JT, 21, entered their teens, they too began to experience symptoms of the disease like body tremors, loss of balance and slurred words, which lead to their eventual diagnoses.
Weight training and keeping a healthy diet also helps with their balance issues. “I think it’s reasonable in the next five years we will have at least one disease modifying therapy based on gene therapy where we do something to interfere with the bad activity with the mutated gene,” Pearlman said.