The Brazilian Biometric Electoral Voting and Writer’s Cramp


Today I went to  Regional Electoral Tribunal of my city in order to do my  biometric relisting. All voters have to do this new re-registration to be able to vote in the next elections in the country.

In Brazil, the elections for any political office is obligatory and the newness in the next election is that all Brazilians will vote with biometric identification.  In addition to the voting machine used for about 17 years, will be used biometric identification in elections. The Brazilian Government has been perfecting this technology, and since 2008 has implemented the electronic voting machine with biometric recognition of digital voter.

I did my relisting and I received my new Electoral  Identification. The problem is that when I went to sign my own name  in the “ E-sign Pad”, I had great difficulty due to the Writer’s Cramp. I was very upset because  my signature was not pretty. If this had happened in the past, I would have “lost my day”. I’d be in a bad and depressed mood throughout the day. But I learned to accept dystonia and all its aspects  that limits my life. Today, I have another attitude to this  illness and deficiency.

I think  the electoral vote with biometric identification is more a technology that will facilitate my life and everyone who has writer’s cramp like me. As the credit card with chip you use a password and do not need to sign, biometric voting helps patients with writer’s cramp, too much.  If we can not write and sign our own name as everyone do  in the writing civilization, at least we’ll use our finger to identify ourselves, as our ancestors have always done because they have not been to school and have not learned to read nor write.

Continuar lendo

Everyday life of a Blogger!


Today’s Prompt: Write about something ordinary that’s inspiring to you, something simple, perhaps overlooked, that fuels your activism.

I think a simple thing that inspires me to continue my health activism as blogger is feedback that friends give me through the comments on my blog.   The simple act of sharing the post on facebook makes me more motivated, too.

These attitudes are important to me and shows how much I am being recognized and I think it’s a thermometer to measure my prestige. Articles written become important for those who read. This is rewarding and encourages me to continue my health activism.

Finally, the number of  blog’s  followers  may be a positive feedback that encourages me to continue writing and incorporate the label of Dystonia Activist Blogger.
These attitudes of readers and friends are important because it reveals that what I’m doing and writing is a substantial and worthwhile  something.  These kinds of feedbacks are so important to a blogger as well as the number of books sold means for a writer.

These everyday occurrences can turn our frown upside down and make my outlook sunnier!  A positive feedback is a  smallest thing that  can make the biggest difference. On the other hand, it is worth explaining that my self-esteem does not depend exclusively on these attitudes.  I just think  health activism is not done alone!  You are not a blogger just for yourself!


Os números de 2012

Os duendes de estatísticas do prepararam um relatório para o ano de 2012 deste blog.

Aqui está um resumo:

600 pessoas chegaram ao topo do Monte Everest em 2012. Este blog tem cerca de 12.000 visualizações em 2012. Se cada pessoa que chegou ao topo do Monte Everest visitasse este blog, levaria 20 anos para ter este tanto de visitação.

Clique aqui para ver o relatório completo

The Month of Celebration

Today’s Prompt: Thanks Post. Write about what you’re thankful for!

In November 2012, the month of the  “National Health Blog Post Month”  Event , my Blog has reached and surpassed the twenty thousand accesses. A very nice coincidence and that has me excited.

I am grateful for this opportunity that the Wegohealth company has given to us  and it  is much more than a challenge. It is an opportunity to develop ourselves and be more professional in the art of making blog. I appreciate the support provided by Wegohealth to  health activists bloggers. I have learned a lot from this. I have sought help people with dystonia through my blog.

I also thank the readers of the blog today. Because of them, my blog has already exceeded 20 thousand hits.

I thank all my friends who live with dystonia. I thank Brigitte Leturcq, Pamela Sloate and Paddy Doyle for consideration, friendship and  dystonia activism.

This month I’m participating in the #NHBPM Event, my blog has reached the following numbers: 51 followers; 175 posts and 96 comments. “CÂIMBRA DO ESCRITOR” has been the most accessed  post and the month  busiest was April 2012 with 1296 visitors.   April 2012 was exactly the month I have participated the  # HAWMC (Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge) Event  promoted by Wegohealth.  Another  nice coincidence!

Blogmania: um dispositivo favorito

Today’s Prompt:  “My favorite health  app/device/game is..” 

Today I’m writing this article in Portuguese.

O blog é, sem dúvida, o meu dispositivo de saúde favorito.  Ele é um dispositivo da mídia social que alcança muitas pessoas e possibilita uma discussão com os leitores sobre assuntos favoritos ou de saúde. Eu não me considero um escritor, mas sou apaixonado por blogs. Eu gosto do formato e configurações deste dispositivo da mídia social. A blogmania é  algo excitante e muito formidável.

Às vezes, eu me pergunto: por que continuar com o meu blog sobre distonia?  Às vezes, eu quero desistir de escrever. Os motivos para este questionamento são vários.

Eu tenho percebido que são poucos os blogs na área de distonia. Não é todo mundo que gosta de escrever. Nem todo mundo quer expor o seu problema de saúde. São poucas as pessoas que tem a visão de ativismo da saúde e  buscam lutar por uma causa que o incomoda. As pessoas preferem ficar no anonimato…  E por outro lado, falar de nossas dificuldades e limitações não é fácil, pois nós vivemos numa sociedade que estimula as pessoas a mostrarem o que elas tem de melhor; dinheiro, poder e sucesso.

Eu penso que uma das coisas que tem me ajudado a continuar escrevendo são eventos como o #NHBPM, o #HAWMC; o apoio da empresa Wegohealth; os leitores que vivem com distonia e os próprios comentários no meu blog. Além do meu blog, eu escrevo  ESTE sobre saúde mental que está relacionado ao meu trabalho.

Na área de distonia, eu gosto do blog “Chronicles Of A Dystonia Muse”.   Na área de saúde mental, eu gosto de alguns blog brasileiros que estão na barra lateral do “Estação Novos Rumos”  e do blog “Bipolar Burble”. Então, o meu dispositivo de saúde é a Blogmania.

Writer’s Cramp on Facebook

Today’s Prompt – Should people post about their(or loved ones) health on Facebook?

I think that social communities are very important nowadays where one of the major media is the internet. In modern society most people in the world can not live without using the network for long. And what can we talk about social networks? All are connected. Some employers and psychologists say staying away from social media is ‘suspicious’. Read this NEWS.

 Social networking has become the most convenient form of communication and one of the most used in recent times. Everyone has virtual friends. Everybody wants to be interconnected, be participating in various groups and online communities to communicate and not sit on the sidelines. Everyone wants to show her “face”.

Aiming to create virtual social relationships, Facebook, among several social communities, has achieved a record of interconnected users. Everybody writes something about his private life and about his family. In fact, we are being monitored on a real “Big Brother”.

I think with regard to health, as well as any other aspect of our lives, we must think about what we post and what we want to achieve with what we post. We must be circumspect and think about the consequences of what we post on social networks. So, the question “Why” and ” “for what purpose” should always guide us to write about regarding our health.

When we participate in a group or online health community , we are more comfortable sharing the sufferings, difficulties and limitations. Generally, people are encouraged to write or to post something showing what is most beautiful and handsome. Sometimes writing about health or difficulty is not a good thing or attractive. Some people do not feel comfortable and do not want to expose his private life or the “other face” that nobody see. The face of a life with a disability, a life with writer’s cramp.

Favorite Blogs

Day 7 –  Bonus Prompt

Everyone has their favorite things, their hobbies and entertainment. The favorite things discloses the individuality of each one. The most important thing is to learn to live with this diversity called a human being and the various cultures in the world.

Regarding the favorite blogs, we choose or be attracted to a certain blog for several reasons: our profession, our hobby, our health and our interests.

My favorite blogs are those related to:

1) Mental health and behavior because of my profession. In this aspect, I would highlight Estação Novos Rumos by CAPS (Psychosocial Care Center)  and Bipolar Burble by Natasha Tracy;

2) Dystonia because of my illness. I have writer’s cramp since my childhood. I like  Chronicles of A Dystonia  Muse by Pamela Sloate and The God Squad by Paddy Doyle;

3) An example of the overcoming of life with a disability: blindness.  The Blog do Ferrari.  Carlos Ferrari is a Brazilian blind, business administrator, a graduate degree in Marketing and has been President of the National Council of Social Welfare in Brazil.

I think I have many other blogs that I like too much and are on my list of favorite blogs, but at the moment I would like to emphasize why they have accessed frequently.

Sharing about dystonia

On this fourth day of NHBPM  whose theme is “Disclosure Post”,  I decided to write my post in portuguese.

The main question today is: How did you decide what to share?


Quando eu comecei a escrever o meu blog, eu não tinha um objetivo ou um foco. Apenas, eu escrevia sobre o meu cotidiano, as coisas mais interessantes que eu encontrava na vida.  Na época, eu não tinha muita familiaridade com este tipo de mídia e não tinha experiência na produção de blogs. Mas, como a mídia social sempre me atraiu, eu comecei o primeiro blog no “Spaces” do MSN em  julho de 2005, com o nome “Homem de Bem”. No início, tudo era uma brincadeira, sem muito critério, tudo era meio amador, mas o nome do blog propunha um direcionamento.

Em  outubro de 2010, o blog foi migrado para o “WordPress” e neste momento comecei a definir um foco: escrever  sobre comportamento. No final do ano de 2010, eu decidi transformar o blog num espaço para  discutir sobre distonia; ser um dispositivo de  informação, de conscientização, de suporte e de diálogo com meus amigos e leitores sobre esta doença que não é conhecida pela população em geral e que maltrata tanto as pessoas que vivem com tal transtorno neurológico.

 Na verdade, a motivação para tal façanha surgiu depois da minha experiência em compartilhar e discutir o cotidiano das pessoas com distonia nos blogs “Dystonia Neuro Movement Disorder” do WEGOHEALTH  e “American Dystonia Society Community”.  O Wegohealth teve um papel importante e fundamental na decisão de definir qual o foco do meu blog  e na aprimoração do mesmo. Uma experiência muito bacana que tive foi a participação no NHBPM em novembro de 2011 e no HAWMC em maio de 2012 que  me ajudou a amadurecer mais na produção do blog. Um material muito bom distribuido pelo Wegohealth no mês de março de 2012 e que me deu um suporte imprescindível foi o livreto “100 Tips for Better Health Blogging”.

Desta forma, hoje o Blog  traz assuntos sobre comportamento e principalmente sobre distonia, uma vez que eu sou psicólogo e vivo com câimbra do escritor desde a infância.  Nele, eu procuro falar de minhas experiências sem medo e sem vergonha, assim como,  procuro torná-lo num espaço para dialogar com o leitor sobre esta doença neurológica do movimento. Eu tenho falado e postado mais artigos e links sobre distonia do que qualquer outro tema, pois tenho buscado ser um ativista da saúde sobre distonia. No Blog “Homens de Bem” eu procuro compartilhar as minhas experiências e de outras pessoas que VIVEM COM DISTONIA, que vivem fazendo o bem e buscando uma vida melhor em todos os aspectos.

Writer’s Cramp and Social Media

One of the favorite things I think very cool in social media and online  health communities is the possibility to connect with the world and with people suffering of the same problem, the same disease and the same pain as mine. Being able to globalize and to communicate without prejudice of race or country.

What catches my eye is precisely that I can share my experience with the reader about living with writer’s cramp, can learn and interact with others who have the same problem, the same difficulty …

“And we can be understood and comprehended about our aches and pains!”

My favorite thing in social media is just being able to participate in an event as the “National Health Blog Post Month”, despite not being American. The Internet enables us to this possibility and interactivity.

Ten Essential Things in Health Activism

Top 10 things I can not live without  in viewpoint of the  Health Activism  are:

1) My own Blog;

2) The Wegohealth, a  social media company;

3) The group: Dystonia Neuro Movement  Disorder  and the Writer’s Cramp Community on Orkut;

4) The Social Media Technology of the modern world as computer, internet, mobile and others;

5) My colleagues who Live with Dystonia;

6) My own work in Public Health  System in Brazil. I am a psychologist and coordinate a Psychosocial Care Center belonging to the Public Health System that aims to treat and care for psychotic people;

7) The readers of my Blog;

8) My willpower and commitment to live with dystonia and show that life is worth  even with severe limitations;

9) My determination, humility, patience and hope to find a solution or treatment for focal dystonia;

10) The daily practice of Tai Chi Chuan and acupuncture consultations with a friend who is a physiotherapist.