What in the world is myasthenia gravis?

It is a chronic neuromuscular autoimmune disease characterized by varying degrees of muscle weakness of voluntary muscles and fatigue.

The muscle weakness worsens with use and improves, at least partially, after resting a particular muscle. The disease and its symptoms result from a defect in transmission of the nerve impulse to the muscle.

Symptoms include drooping eyelids, double vision, slurred speech, difficulty chewing, swallowing, talking, walking, breathing and problems with neck and limb movements.

About 14 to 20 people out of every 100,000 in the U.S. has MG. It has no known cause or cure.

I am one of those people, and I live in Aurora. If anyone should see me using my handicap parking permit at the post office, shopping mall or grocery store, it is because at times I have difficulty walking even a short distance.

Since so few Americans suffer from this disease, government dollars earmarked for research are limited.

June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month. Please help my fellow myasthenics across the country by giving your support.

Phyllis Hendricks, Aurora