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We are thrilled to announce that the 2019 Tampa Bay MG Walk Hero is…KEVIN CLIFFORD!
 


Greetings;
I am originally from Massachusetts, born and raised, but chose to move to Florida for work. I am married to my high school sweetheart and was blessed with three wonderful children of whom I am veryproud. We also have five grandchildren, each one different, who are a blessing to us. I enjoy singing and this has become a wonderful part of my life. Thus, my Myasthenia story begins.
I was practicing some songs for an upcoming program when my speech became a bit slurred. It was brief, I thought I must be tired, and went home for the evening. Sometime, in a later rehearsal, it happened again. My first thought was “could this be a stroke”? I went to my neurologist and described what had happened. After examination he determined I had a mini stroke and put me on medication to thin my blood. Periodically my speech would slur and I would feel more tired than ever in the past. I again talked with the doctor, explaining what was happening, and was repeatedly told it was a stroke. This went on for two years until I finally lost patience in the physician treating me and consulted with an additional neurologist not associated with my current physician. After listening to me describe the intermittent nature of my difficulty, and examination, he ran some tests. He told me he suspected I may have an illness that few physicians ever come into contact with and that the tests would shed some light on his suspicion. When I saw him next he advised that the tests had confirmed a diagnosis of “Myasthenia Gravis”. An illness that is treatable with medication. I was both frustrated, that my previous physician hadn’t caught this, and relieved that I now knew what I was dealing with. Armed with this information I returned to the doctor that had treated me previously and advised that I had sought an opinion from another neurologist. He confirmed that I wasn’t dealing with a stroke but with Myasthenia.

Needless to say he was not happy with my decision to seek another’s opinion. That was the last time I saw him.

Since then I have  received excellent care and learned of a support group that meets, on a monthly basis, bringing together those, like myself, who also have Myasthenia Gravis. The group is comprised of wonderful people, from youngsters to elders, who are either just learning about Myasthenia or those who have dealt with it for many years. Being able to listen to their stories and sharing my own has been a blessing. The fact that we have a wonderful group of physicians that attend our meeting and are willing to share their knowledge with us is above and beyond what I would have ever thought possible. I attend regularly and share my story so that others, new to the group as I once was, are able see the light at the end of this journey. Like many before me, it is a joy to be able to uplift the spirits of those who thought they were alone in their fight to understand just a little more about what we deal with each day. Saint Anthony’s Hospital, in St. Petersburg, willingly opens their doors and provides the space for our group to meet. For that and the physicians who willingly give of their time I, we, are very grateful. Without our volunteer leaders and the fine individuals who give of their time and knowledge this would not be possible. My thanks to each.
Kevin Clifford


Thank You To Our 2019 Tampa Bay Medical Ambassadors!
 

Dr. Allan Weiss
St. Anthony's Neurology Group
BayCare Medical Group
Dr. Michael Rosario-Prieto
St. Anthony's Neurology Group
BayCare Medical Group
Morton Plant Hospital


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Elgin, IL 60123

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