Author Archives: Adeel Rizvi

Question Everything: How to Ask the Right Questions

As I’ve described in my previous columns, knowledge is power. I feel very fortunate to have received my diagnosis of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy when I did. I was beginning physical therapy school and had just come to appreciate the power of questioning and research. That said, the topic of…

What Do You Know? Exploring the Questions We Should Ask

I wanted to expand on my last column by delving into the types of questions we should ask when presented with a new ailment, such as muscular dystrophy. I’d like to start with an anonymous quote: “It ain’t what people don’t know that hurts them, it’s what they know…

To Care Is to Share (Knowledge)

This week, I wanted to visit the reason I started writing this column. However, to describe that rationale, I need to revisit the moments soon after I received my diagnosis. I was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) in the late 2000s. I remember my primary physician calling…

The Effects of Guilt on My Body and Mind

Welcome back to “Hidden Truths.” This week I wanted to move away from the style of my first and second columns and discuss how one of the most basic emotions relates to muscular dystrophy (MD) and other chronic illnesses. Guilt occurs when a person feels regret or shame in response…

The Power and Importance of Thought

What does it mean to live? Different people and places may prompt varied answers to this question. For example, in the United States, a person on artificial life-support is considered to be alive, while other people or cultures may not agree with this definition. So, what does it mean to…

Who Are You?: Welcome to ‘Hidden Truths’

How would you respond if I asked, “Who are you?” While the question may seem simple, it is deceptively complex. A college professor of mine once asked the class this question. As students took turns answering to the best of their ability, the professor offered rebuttals replete with “what ifs.”…