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Involuntary Shaking

Katharine Hepburn had it. So did playwright Eugene O'Neill and Sen. Robert Byrd. Essential tremor is a condition that causes involuntary shaking. While it usually develops in middle age it can start much earlier. Shari Finsilver was aware of her hands shaking as a child. "When I was about 11 years old, I noticed in art class that I was never able to draw a straight line," she says. "I really didn't know why. I just thought it was odd. I just thought it was me." By age 13, the shaking in her hands was getting worse but she kept it a secret. She did everything she could to hide it from her family, her teachers and her friends. By the time she was 19, Finsilver could no longer mask it. She remembers sitting at a large family holiday dinner with her mother across the table. She lifted a spoon to her mouth and her hand was shaking badly. #FullNewsAudioAvailable #NPR

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