Name: Nadine Kleine
Where do you call home? Germany
What is a current goal you have with your education? I'm in med school right now, and I'm planning on working as a neurologist.
Who do you live with? I live on my own in an apartment.
How long have you known you are living with FA? I've known since April '19, but I've had symptoms for over six years, I just got misdiagnosed with Guillain-Barré's Syndrome, and it took very long to find out that it's FA.
Are there any others with FA in your family? No, I'm the only one.
What do you like to do to stay active and what type of exercises work for you to stay strong? I go to the gym three times a week. It's very important to me to do as much as possible for as long as possible.
What is a good trick to make daily life easier? Ask people for help. Don't be shy.
When FA gets you down, what do you think/do to feel better? I talk to someone I like and make them tell me that I'm awesome. :D
What is one way living with FA has POSITIVELY affected your life? I think a good thing is that my patients often feel I understand them a lot better than other doctors. And it seems to have a positive impact on their mental health to see that I'm probably doing worse than they are.
What is piece of advice that someone with FA has given you that encourages and inspires you? If you're thinking about getting a mobility aid, it probably means you should already have one.
What is the best advice YOU could give to a person who has been newly diagnosed with FA? Don't start thinking that you have to give up on anything because of this.
What is the first thing you want to do when a cure/treatment to FA is found? Run!