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12/10/2015

NAME:  Michal   AGE: 35 yrs. oldUnknown -Michal R

COUNTRY: Poland

LGMD Sub-Type: Unknown

 

At what age were you diagnosed:

I was diagnosed when I was 25 years old.

What were your first symptoms:

When I was a baby, my neck muscles were too weak and I had difficulty holding my head up.  I was delayed and didn’t start to walk until I was 4year old.  I stopped walking at the age of 14.

Do you have other family members who have LGMD:

NO , I’m the only person in my family who has this disease.

What do you find to be the greatest challenges in living with LGMD: For me the greatest challenge is that I cannot do some things such as walking, running. stand without help, get dressed, etc.   I tried to control my activities so that I have enough energy to do the activities that I want to do.

What is your greatest accomplishment:

One of the biggest achievement in my life is that I have real great parents, friends, and colleagues who encourage me to live a fairly optimistic life and let me forget about my disability.

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

I have become more insensitive to pain and I’m not fearful of any challenges

What do you want the world to know about LGMD:

I want the world to know that people with LGMD may need more help to live independently – such as a personal care attendant,  improved access to adaptive and assistive equipment as well as medicines.  A cure and treatment is needed to treat all the LGMD patients.

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

I think if I were cure tomorrow, I would run and do everything I never could do!

 

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Michal
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