Louann Tsou Carnahan
I’ve been a pianist since I was 5. I became a board-certified neurologist specializing in epilepsy. I have a disability caused by a muscle disease that makes me weaker over time. I started needing a wheelchair in medical school. My shoulders are so weak now that I can no longer lift my arms to play naturally. Thus, I stopped playing for several years. I was very sad that I could no longer play and felt I lost a part of my identity. I designed the harness suspending my arms and returned to playing again.