A Faded Cottage by Diann Shaddox

‘A Faded Cottage’ fuses fact with fiction to depict a compelling love story, based around an artist suffering from Essential Tremor. The love story imparts a powerful message, while acting as a real-life vehicle for vital Essential Tremor awareness. While the protagonist in ‘A Faded Cottage’ may appear to have a unique story, his battle with Essential Tremor (causing rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs, or trunk) is shared with over 10 million Americans and millions more worldwide. The book is a stark reminder of the prevalence of this often ignored disorder.

‘A Faded Cottage’ is a South Carolina love story about a man with Essential Tremor.
When a love letter written by a teenage boy becomes lost after a summer filled with passion, it brings about an incredible love story of two people being reunited, after thirty years.

When Essential Tremors take over a famous artist’s body, a simple feat of holding a paintbrush turns Quaid Witherspoon’s life upside down, becoming a bitter man. This is his journal of how he battles fate, not of his entire life, but of two weeks. Quaid had everything money could buy, except the two things he loved the most, his love of painting great masterpieces, and the only woman he had ever loved. The calming waters off the coast of South Carolina calls Quaid back to Hathaway Cove, to a small, faded cottage, one with a leaning front porch, worn paint so similar to him, flawed. The same beach where he began painting as a young boy, the place he met his one true love, and the place he let her go.

Sandy, Quaid’s love from his past, learns he is wondering about her, just as she is wondering about him. Their love is alive, meeting for the first time in thirty years, letting the years fade away, but fate has another twist. Sandy keeps a secret, letting them have their two weeks.

What if you were able to relive your life and rediscover you teenage love… Would you?
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Cerebral Cortex Advance Access published June 24, 2014

It is well-established that during goal-directed motor tasks, patients with essential tremor have increased oscillations in the 0–3 and 3–8 Hz bands. It remains unclear if these increased oscillations relate to activity in specific brain regions. This study used task-based functional magnetic resonance imaging to compare the brain activity associated with oscillations in grip force output between patients with essential tremor, patients with Parkinson’s disease who had clinically evident tremor, and healthy controls. The findings demonstrate that patients with essential tremor have increased brain activity in the motor cortex and supplementary motor area compared with controls, and this activity correlated positively with 3–8 Hz force oscillations. Brain activity in cerebellar lobules I–V was reduced in essential tremor compared with controls and correlated negatively with 0–3 Hz force oscillations.

Widespread differences in brain activity were observed between essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease. Using functional connectivity analyses during the task evidenced reduced cerebellar-cortical functional connectivity in patients with essential tremor compared with controls and Parkinson’s disease. This study provides new evidencethat in essential tremor 3–8 Hz force oscillations relate to hyperactivity in motor cortex, 0–3 Hz force oscillations relate to the hypoactivity in the cerebellum, and cerebellar-cortical functional connectivity is impaired.

Read more: http://www.thehopenet.org/court_cercortex_2014.pdf