Country: United States
LGMD Sub-Type: LGMD2L / Anoctaminopathy
At what age were you diagnosed:
I was diagnosed at the age of 49.
What were your first symptoms:
My first symptoms included difficulty going up stairs and calf weakness.
Do you have other family members who have LGMD:
No, I am the only family member diagnosed with LGMD.
What do you find to be the greatest challenges in living with LGMD:
The greatest challenges that my LGMD2L presents are: 1) reduced mobility and 2) not being able to participate in sports that I love such as surfing, snow skiing and water-skiing.
What is your greatest accomplishment:
My greatest accomplishment are my two wonderful, mature and beautiful daughters!
How has LGMD influenced you into becoming the person you are today:
Living with LGMD has shown me the way to strength, patience and empathy.
What do you want the world to know about LGMD:
I want the world to know that LGMD exists and what it is. Most people have never heard of it.
If your LGMD could be “cured” tomorrow, what would be the first thing that you would want to do:
The first thing that I would do if my LGMD were cured tomorrow would be to go to Slick Rock country in Utah and go for a long hike…with some river fly fishing thrown in at the end!