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New Online Cervical Dystonia Support Group

11 Apr

Group Overview

Online Support Group for Cervical Dystonia hosted by Linda Furiate with a focus on emotional and spiritual healing. The group is geared toward the like-minded and for those who want to play a central role in their own healing (even when that includes the typical traditional medical modalities for cervical dystonia). Everyone who attends will have a voice.

Potential topics will include philosophy for living, self-acceptance, astrology, and ‘what is the purpose of this (dystonia) in my life.

Linda has been an advocate for dystonia since 1996. There are numerous articles and TV segments with her promoting awareness. Winner of BOTOX® Dreams Contest. Creator of STEP (Spasmodic Torticollis Exercise Program).

Next Scheduled Meeting

Linda Furiate is hosting an online support group meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 6:30-7:30/45 pm ET. Linda started hosting meetings in 2023 with the intentions of helping others by providing a place where people with dystonia can come together and speak openly. The Dystonia community is small but we there are people involved with big hearts. Linda is definitely one of them. Her group is not affiliated with the NSTA or any other dystonia organization. She describes her motivation for hosting meetings in her own words.

Over the years, I am thankful because so much of the physical loss has been restored with the intangible qualities of inner strength and peace, fortitude, humility, joy and acceptance of knowing that I am able to be in-service to others through my experiences and successes. Each day I aim to give back to another person even if it’s as simple a gesture as texting a person to say ‘hi, I am thinking of you.’”

Please email Linda at lmfuriate@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in this group meeting.

Hosted by Linda Furiate

Hello Fellow Friend with Cervical Dystonia:

I have been living with cervical dystonia since 1995. Over the years I have learned a lot about myself. I have also learned much about healing the body, mind and ‘soul’. I am quite thankful to be able to share my thoughts and feelings about living with dystonia as posted on my blog. Cervical Dystonia | Creating Positive Addictions (wordpress.com).

There are many wonderful support groups to help those of us who live with cervical dystonia whether they be in person groups, online or forums such as Facebook. Most of these groups tend to focus on treatment options, and/or learning about the newest medications and surgical techniques to help ease symptoms. All of this is wonderful and necessary.

I am in the process of forming a new support group that is not affiliated with any of the dystonia organizations, medical facilities or medical personnel who treat dystonia. This new group will be more focused on Self. My intention is to focus more on the emotional and spiritual healing we may be in search of. The group will only be in live meeting form, so the space will be safe from online verbal confrontation. I imagine the group to be small.

The support group is geared more toward the open-minded and for those who wish to play a central role in their own healing (even when that includes the typical traditional medical modalities for cervical dystonia). In this support group everyone who attends will have a voice, in the hopes that all thoughts will be kind and considerate. The group will be non-scripted although the focus will be on emotional healing. My intention is to end each session with a sense of empowerment as we continue to move about our daily journey.

Topics of discussion will include, but not limited to philosophy for living, psychological aspects to include self-acceptance, astrology, and things like ‘what is the purpose of this (dystonia), and my/your life in general. My hope is that we all feel it is okay to look within to find a source to heal.

I am curious if there is a market or desire for this and if so, could you see yourself wanting to attend an online support group (Zoom) that may offer this type of support. Feel free to respond to this email with your thoughts (please be kind – I know this is not for everyone).

I came into this life of mine to heal – I find the best way to help me heal is to offer my knowledge and wisdom to help others heal. I feel that by sharing our kindhearted and insightful thoughts – we all win. I am proposing a Zoom time slot of around 6:30 pm ET (USA) on a Wednesday.

I look forward to the first gathering sometime in the spring of 2023. Please email me at lmfuriate@gmail.com to let me know if you might like to be a part of this group.

Look forward to your feedback. Again, be kind – I am a Libra 😊

Most sincerely,

Linda Furiate

Creator of the STEP (Spasmodic Torticollis Exercise Program)

Astrologer, Mentor, Writer, CD Advocate

USA /East Coast 



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