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Does Myositis Colorado have any Green Thumbs?

TMA is looking for gardeners who have adapted their skills or equipment to accomodate their myositis life. Here’s what it says on the TMA Facebook page:

Any more gardeners out there who have found ways to get around your disease? Would especially like some print-quality photos to go with the article in the spring newsletter. If you would like a phone interview, send your name and phone number to tma@myositis with “newsletter” in the subject line.

Last year we shared the Veg Trug – a raised bed that allows you to garden at waist height with no weeds or bunny hazards, click here. And in the spring newsletter TMA shared our tip for using empty plastic bottles to displace potting soil and reduce the weight of your indoor/outdoor pots.

This year’s suggestions are all about getting a grip on your planting and maintenance tools! Myositis patients, especially IBMers tend to have reduced grip as the disease progresses. This makes holding onto and using garden tools increasingly difficult. So here are some products to pimp out your tools!

Ergonomic tools limit body strain and are great for all gardeners, but if you don’t have a strong grip hand tools are not going to be your thing. So we were really excited to find this product : the Peta Easi Grip Arm Support Cuff. The cuff allows you to control your work more from your upper arm and shoulder. Cool!!! Click here to visit website or buy ($9.95).

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If you can still grip tools but need just a little support/reassurance, a great modification is to use grip tape. Grip tape is most commonly used on hockey sticks, so it’ll be easy to add to your rakes, weeders, extension grabbers, etc. The great thing about grip tape is it is cheap, removable, and you can add as much as you need wherever you need it. Grip tape can be found in just about any sporting goods store and it also comes in lots of colors – love that! Click here to buy online ($2.99).

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Of course you can also use grip gloves! Grip gloves are used a lot for fishing so again they can be found in MANY sporting goods stores. There are a ton of different styles of gloves that are coated with rubber or silicon that’ll give you extra grip while planting, pruning, weeding, what-have-you. I like Berkley gloves (I used the orange style during a marine biology course to help protect my hands around coral, they breathe well, don’t mind water!, and are washable) click here to buy from ($3.47-$5.49).

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Have any other useful gardening suggestions for TMA or other myositis patients? Be sure to let us know!

And don’t forget to check out TMA’s spring newsletter for advice/tips from others in the myositis community! The newest issue of the TMA quarterly newsletter, The Outlook, has articles on patient experiences, research and treatment, summaries of live discussions with myositis experts and a discussion of disability in myositis patients. Find your copy at, under “community,” “My TMA.”

Have a suggestion for the Spring issue? Email TMA.


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