Age: 18 yrs. old
Country: United Stated
LGMD Sub-Type: LGMD2i
At what age were you diagnosed:
I was diagnosed when I was 5 years old.
What were your first symptoms:
I was experiencing difficult climbing stairs and keeping up with my peers on the playground.
Do you have other family members who have LGMD:
No, I am the only person in my family with limb girdle muscular dystrophy.
What do you find to be the greatest challenges in living with LGMD:
I find that it is difficult searching for accessible paths when in an unfamiliar setting. It can also be challenging to have to pace myself – more than my friend.
What is your greatest accomplishment:
I suffered a major accident in October, 2014. My greatest accomplishment is working so hard to walk independently again. I was told no weight bearing on my legs while in the hospital for a month. But, after several consultations with multiple doctors, they reversed the orders. I worked hard every day to be able to walk out of the hospital on my own, one month later!
How has LGMD influenced you into becoming the person you are today:
It has taught me to think outside the box – to be creative and original.
What do you want the world to know about LGMD:
Just because one is physically disabled doesn’t mean you are mentally disabled.
If your LGMD could be “cured” tomorrow, what would be the first thing that you would want to do:
I would run a race and jump for joy!