The Myasthenia Gravis Association-Detroit and Eastern Ml appreciates your continued support. Over the last 50 years, with your generous assistance, we have been able to help countless persons with MG continue to lead 1/VGl productive lives within their community, including Detroit and Counties of Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, Monroe, St. Clair and Saginaw. Following are some of their stories:
“I was diagnosed with MG in 2010. I was 58 and still working as a high school teacher and baseball coach. I had double vision for over two months. My wife contacted the MGA office, and with their help, we received valuable information along with referrals for a MG neurologist. I was on prednisone and then cellcept for 4 years. I retired 4 years ago, but remain active, riding my bike 20 plus miles, working out at the gym 3 times a week and playing in a 55 and over baseball league. Assumed to be in remission, I continue to participate as an active member and volunteer for MGA.”
“I was diagnosed with MG at the age of 29 after suffering from noticeable muscle weakness in my arms. Shortly after diagnosis, I was referred to have a thymectomy, which required several plasma exchanges in preparation for the surgical removal of my thymus gland. The actual surgery presented no major problems physically, but I have still not achieved remission of symptoms as hoped. On my current treatment plan of CellCept and Mestinon and biweekly intravenous immunoglobulin (/Vig) treatments, my strengh has stabilized and I have resumed my normal activities, riding my bike (averaging about 60 miles a week in the summer), tennis, dancing and weight training, all to combat fatigue and prevent muscle atrophy. I cope with the many challenges this rare disease presents with the help of my amazing support system of family, friends, and fellow MG patients. My family and I continue to participate as active members and volunteers for MGA, including mentoring newly diagnosed persons.”
Your donation to MGA during this Holiday Season will allow for the continued support of persons with myasthenia gravis as they strive to lead productive and healthy lives. Download printable donation form here.