Missing in Inaction

The last few months have been a slow whirlwind for me - leading me to stop writing for a while. I'm still in early period of diagnosis of the Myasthenia Gravis, a rare neuromuscular autoimmune disease. Since my flare in October, my body has changed dramatically and figuring out what to do next has been a crazy making period for me. At least the diagnosis is confirmed and my neuro is trying to get approval for the next step treatment for me - IVIG. He says it make take 3 months to get it approved so I'm in a waiting pattern for now.

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Rare Disease Commonalities and Next Steps

It takes 6 years or more to get a diagnosis for rare conditions. I was 55 before my lifelong symptoms were identified as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic malady that causes defective collagen. The interesting part of this is the commonalities I've noted in the rare disease groups. The main one is the journey to diagnosis and how emotionally exhausting and damaging it is. I started researching rare disease alone and found a couple of studies that prove to be apropos.

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Part 3 of Medical PTSD – EDS & MG

I have read so many horror tales in the Ehlers Danlos community. I attribute this problem to several factors. We spend so much time seeking diagnosis from multiple specialities. So many of us have medical PTSD - we are so used to not being believed. We are so complicated and rarely present the same as others with EDS since there are so many varieties. We really are zebras! New varieties…

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