Come and join us for the 2017 Maryland MG Walk as we continue taking “steps” toward the ultimate finish line…a world without myasthenia gravis! Register now to join an existing team, or to start and Captain your own!

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We are thrilled to announce that our 2017 Maryland MG Walk Hero is…Laura Nyanjom!
 


It was less than 10 years ago when Laura started to experience her first symptoms of MG. She had been driving when her first instance of double vision struck and it was immediately enough to cause her alarm and see her doctor. She first saw her primary care who had early suspicions that her symptoms were in line with myasthenia gravis. When she started to experience headaches, she sought a neurologist who also had the thought that her symptoms were MG. She was given Mestinon to see if that would cause her symptoms to subside, but it was hard to get a definitive diagnosis because, prior to the medication, Laura’s symptoms would be present one week, but would then be completely gone the next. One week she would be running, the next she was so weak she was falling out of bed. It wasn’t until she reached an MG crisis that doctors were able to make a confident diagnosis.

Upon being diagnosed, her doctors were having a difficult time managing Laura’s MG. As she continued to seek the right treatments, she eventually found her way to Dr. Macko. It was Dr. Macko who directed her to the MGFA to find helpful resources that were available to her, especially as a newly diagnosed patient of MG and to find even more answers to her questions at this stage of diagnosis. For many years, Laura never truly felt like she was all that sick and she didn’t pay much attention to the MG. In 2013, she relapsed for the first time which was a turning point in how Laura started to approach her diagnosis. Now paying more attention to what was going on with her body, she did more research and attended the 2014 MGFA conference held in Philadelphia, which is where she first learned of the MG Walk.

The MG Walk proved to be a great way for Laura to up her involvement and really feel like she was doing something worthwhile to progress the cause and help not just herself, but all those going through similar journeys. It has always helped to be around others living with MG, especially those that are younger, as it has made Laura feel less alone. She has learned a lot of her coping techniques by talking with others, hearing their stories, and learning how they deal with their MG on a daily basis. Myasthenia gravis can prove to be very overwhelming at times, but the MG Walk has allowed Laura to do something positive for those living with MG, and has found it to be a great day where her friends and family can come out and show solidarity.

As the Maryland MG Walk Hero, Laura hopes to inspire others living with MG and realize that your diagnosis is not the end. It can be very hard to accept what is now going on with your body and how much it can progress, but MG does not have to stop you from living the life you want. It’s always been important for Laura to talk about her MG and the effects it can have and to also talk out ways to get her mind in a good space, especially during the hard days. She hopes to inspire others to continue seeking information on myasthenia gravis and continue to do something positive to bring about helpful resources, especially to those being diagnosed for the first time and just learning of this new disorder. She is excited to join everyone at the Maryland MG Walk, together making positive steps towards a world without MG!


Thank you to our 2017 Maryland MG Walk Medical Ambassadors!
 

Dr. Charlene Macko
University of Maryland


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On MG Walk Day, we gather to celebrate those we love who live with MG, commemorate the research we’ve helped to develop with funds raised!

Share your fundraising page and links to donate via email and on your social media accounts. If you have checks or cash funds to turn in, please let us know and we can help you add them to your fundraising page. Checks may be mailed to the address below. Please be sure you’ve written your team name in the memo field!

MG Walk Office
1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60123

If you have questions or want to know more, contact us today:
1-855.MG.Walks (1-855.649.2557)
Info@MGWalk.org

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Middle Branch Park, Baltimore, MD 39.257200, -76.630200

Thank you to our sponsors!
 

Goal: $25,000
60 percent raised
$13,270 raised so far
in Maryland
$11,730 to go!

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Checks should be mailed to:

MG Walk Office 1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200 Elgin, IL 60123
Please include the participant, team, and Walk location in the memo section.