Thank you for visiting my "MG Walk" personal fundraising page!
I am excited to be supporting the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) through the MG Walk. The MGFA is the only national volunteer health agency in the United States dedicated solely to the fight against myasthenia gravis.
I was diagnosed with MG in 2010 after I went into crisis and ended up in Mary Washington Hospital. I had symptoms prior to this incident such as slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue but my GP found no cause for the problem. After spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with feeding tubes and other indignities, it was determined that I had Bulbar MG that affects my tongue and throat, and my diaphragm loses strength when I am breathing. General muscle strength is not degraded but stamina is so when walking around the farm I carry a cane that has a seat attached so I can take rests when necessary. Because heat really saps my energy I have an air conditioner in the tractor to combat hot days while cutting and baling hay. Despite anything that myasthenia gravis throws at me, I do not let it become debilitating, and I and my family maintain a positive attitude and support the entire time. Hazel my wife is my caregiver and biggest advocate.
MGFA is committed to finding a cure for myasthenia gravis and closely related disorders, improving treatment options, and providing information and support to people with myasthenia gravis through research, education, community programs, and advocacy.
Please register to walk with me OR make a pledge to help me reach my goal!
Together We Can Make A Difference!