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10/16/2016

NAME:  Annette               AGE: 40-50 yrs oldLGMD2B - Annette

COUNTRY:  Ireland

LGMD Sub-Type:   LGMD2B

 

At what age were you diagnosed:

I was diagnosed at the age of 38 yrs. old

What were your first symptoms:

I was stumbling and falling.  I also had problems rising from a seated position and climbing stairs.

Do you have other family members who have LGMD:

No, I am the only person in my family with this diagnosis.

What do you find to be the greatest challenges in living with LGMD:

Lack of awareness is prevalent.  In addition, many facilities in Dublin (transport, restaurants, some theaters) are not anywhere near wheelchair accessible.

LGMD has impacted my professional life as I am no longer able to work full time and there have been financial consequences of this.

What is your greatest accomplishment:

I try to remain positive and optimistic.  I am fortunate that I am able to maintain an almost independent life. I am delighted to be taking part in a clinical outcome study in Newcastle, UK (the people there are wonderful).

How has LGMD influenced you into becoming the person you are today:

I appreciate what I can do and try not to get downhearted regarding the things that are no longer possible.

What do you want the world to know about LGMD:

I am blessed with a wonderful family and core group of friends who never let me down.

LGMD is a challenge but with a good support system in place, life can be good.  Greater funding allocations are imperative in order for LGMD to be treated and not be a life altering condition.

If your LGMD could be “cured” tomorrow, what would be the first thing that you would want to do:

I would play with my beloved niece Emily, bring her to the park and do all the things a good auntie should do.

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Annette
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