LGMD “SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW”

Name:  Ralph    AGE: 58 Yrs. Old

Country:   United States

LGMD Sub-Type:  LGMD2L /  Anoctaminopathy

 

At what age were you diagnosed:

I started having symptoms at age 47, back in 2006 and was diagnosed by 2011 when LGMD2L was discovered.

What were your first symptoms:

Leg weakness. I was a big weightlifter and in my 30s had been bench pressing 300 pounds and squatting 400 pounds. But I felt weakness in my left leg and I went to the gym and tried to leg press with one leg at a time. My right leg was able to press 250 pounds but my left was lagging at 150 pounds.

Do you have other family members who have LGMD:

I have one brother confirmed with 2L. There may be others but we don’t know yet.

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

Getting around in all situations. Stairs are hard. Getting out of a chair is hard. Walking is doable but getting more difficult to do for longer distances. And falls always happen if knees buckle or you trip or slip.

What is your greatest accomplishment:

I have been doing a great deal of work in the disability arena, including currently being on the MDA National Community Advisory Committee and working with several other organizations while I also start the LGMD2L Foundation.

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

When you look at what I list as my greatest achievement you can tell that having LGMD2L has led me to work for so many people with disabilities of all types.

What do you want the world to know about LGMD:

That we are getting closer and closer to some real treatments and cures and if we all work together, this achievement of possibly eradicating muscular dystrophy would help so many people and families, present and future.

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

I would begin to work out again like in my youth and focus on building real strength and health while enjoying traveling and the beauties of the world.

 

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INDIVIDUAL WITH LGMD: Ralph
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