Monday, February 3, 2014

A SPECIAL DAY IT IS.

I feel extremely happy and blessed today, everything so far seems to be working in my favour. It is the third day of February...It is my birthday today, and even as I celebrate my birthday creating awareness about the muscle wasting condition lingers at the back of my head.

It has been 18 years since my diagnosis, I have seen my muscle waste away, things I loved to do are now getting harder and harder but that's not the end, right! I have a new passion although my mobility is limited, I have decided that through the internet I will let every one know about MD and the research that has been taking place world wide.

The symptoms of LGMD can easily be seen because most of them are physical and here is a look at some of them:

The first sign is pelvic muscle weakness (difficulty standing from a sitting position without using the arms, difficulty climbing stairs). The weakness starts in childhood to young adulthood. When I started experiencing these symptoms at first we i.e my family members and I thought it was a weight issue, that I was becoming overweight so we ignored the difficulty standing up part. I had problem with steps, climbing steps/stairs became a nightmare in fact just the other day I was reliving the past and I remembered there was a particular time when I could climb stairs on reverse because I found it was easier to climb stairs that way.
Other symptoms include:
  • Abnormal, sometimes waddling, walk
  • Joints that are fixed in a contracted position (late in the disease)
     
  • Large and muscular-looking calves (pseudohypertrophy), which are not actually strong. (mazgwembe that is what we call them here in Kenya) Having enlarged calves invited bullying and name calling in primary school for me, that's a story for another day.

  • Loss of muscle mass, thinning of certain body parts
  • Low back pain
     
  • Palpitations or passing-out spells-This is another sign that I have been experiencing lately and it scares me because passing-out spells occur even when I am sitted. I told my sister once and she just laughed in fact she thinks I am paranoid. Anyway I don't blame her  because she doesn't know much about MD.

  • Shoulder weakness
  • Weakness of the muscles in the face (later in the disease)
  • Weakness in the muscles of the lower legs, feet, lower arms, and hands (later in the disease) 
     
    Apart from all the negative things MD has brought in my life, there is always the good part in every story, my family members are always a stone throw away to come to my rescue whenever I need help and my relationship with my savior Jesus Christ is growing stronger and that's the better part. I celebrate my 32nd year on earth and still praying that a cure is found in this life time so that we that have the muscle wasting gene cannot pass it on to our children.
     
     Psalm 27:4
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
    Happy Birthday to me.

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