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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Writer's Digest Review of "Running for My Life"

I recently received a review of my book "Running for My Life, Winning for CMT"

They gave it a very positive review and hoping someday soon the book will find a wider audience.

The book recently won an honorable mention for the Boston Book awards.  The book did win in the autobiography category for the Beverly Hills Book Awards.

Here is the review:

"It is about time a book explaining what life is like with CMT to come out! While I have never heard of the disease, I am grateful to have learned. There are many invisible diseases around us. Suffering from people’s lack of belief in such diseases is a significant factor in the overall misery experienced, something the author demonstrates in chapter 9. I feel very grateful to her.

I really liked the charts explaining the differences between MS, Muscular Dystrophy, and CMT. As she begins her story, detailing the difficulties involved simply in signing up for the Boston Marathon, my admiration grew for her ultimate goal: raising awareness, support and possibly a cure for CMT. Increasing public awareness in an engaging manner is one of the best reasons for writing a memoir, and Wodke has my esteem.

She writes well and with emotion. Her story was engaging. While the front cover is very attractive and I like the color scheme, the back cover starts out at the top with small print that is a little hard to read. It gets even smaller and harder to read when the color of the letters changes to a pale green set against the vibrant green background. White or black letters would have been more readable.

I appreciate the kind words of the reviewer, one of the reasons I enter these contests is to help raise awareness, even if I have to do it one reader at a time.  The book is available on Amazon and there is a Kindle version.  You can also order through my web site


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 208 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon

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