COUNTRY: United States
LGMD Sub-Type: LGMD2i
AT WHAT AGE WERE YOU DIAGNOSED:
I was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at 16 and LGMD2i at 34. Both diagnosis’ came over the phone. In hindsight, I wish the doctors would have told me in person, I had so many questions and was scared.
WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST SYMPTOMS:
The first symptoms I noticed were painful leg cramps when running and not being able to keep up with the other kids. I was told I was lazy and to try harder in PE and in softball. I remember thinking, “I am trying as hard as I can, how do I make myself go faster like the other kids?”
DO YOU HAVE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE LGMD:
No, I don’t have any other family members with LGMD.
WHAT DO YOU FIND TO BE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES IN LIVING WITH LGMD:
The constant changes and trying to find ways to adapt to my new normal.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:
My greatest accomplishment is living each day as it comes with compassion and courage, being a wife to my supportive husband, and a mom to our loving girls.
HOW HAS LGMD INFLUENCED YOU INTO BECOMING THE PERSON YOU ARE TODAY:
LGMD has forced me to slow down, to become present and aware. I am a stronger, more empathetic person because of this disease. I have learned to cry and laugh at the same time.
WHAT DO YOU WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT LGMD:
I would want the world to have more awareness of LGMD, especially doctors. I know for many of us, the road to getting a diagnosis is a long one and it doesn’t have to be. Some LGMD’s have cardiac and pulmonary issues and I think it’s essential to have knowledgeable doctors monitoring and providing support.
IF YOUR LGMD COULD BE “CURED” TOMORROW, WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO DO: The first thing I would want to do, is run-I wish I could remember what it feels like. Sometimes when I’m driving in my scooter, I close my eyes and pretend I’m running-it gets a bit dangerous 🙂