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April 26, 2019
It’s about time for another Myasthenia Gravis update.
As longtime PopCult readers may remember, about three years ago I wrote about being diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. That’s an auto-immune disease where a person’s immune system attacks the membranes that transmit nerve signals to their muscles, leaving them in a weakened state.
I am very lucky. I have an extremely mild case. The disease only seems to attack the muscles in my fingers, eyes and part of my feet. Other people who get this disease aren’t so lucky, as it can target any muscles in the body, including those used for talking, swallowing, walking and breathing.
While I am indeed very lucky to have such a mild case of Myasthenia Gravis, the very mildness of it made it difficult to diagnose. It was over eleven years between the time of the first appearance of severe symptoms until it was diagnosed. I had mentally prepared myself for it to be something much, much worse, and I never lose sight of the fact that I am leading a charmed life.
I had convinced myself that I was in the early stages of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
And that’s this week’s PopCulteer. Thanks for reading and keep checking back for fresh content every day.