Come and join us for the 2017 Southern Illinois 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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Mark started to notice his first symptoms of MG about 9 years ago, and it has been a whirlwind for him ever since. He was working at his job building homes for those that are handicap, and came home one day and his family noticed his eye was almost completely shut. Originally, there was the thought that this could be a symptom of Bell’s Palsy, so he went to visit a neurologist for more testing. It had only been 3 weeks since he first experienced his symptoms, and he was now diagnosed with MG. Ever since his diagnosis, he has been in and out of the hospital nearly 30 times and has had some scary close calls, experiencing an MG crisis at least twice. He had also gotten kidney stones that made his MG act up and was put on the wrong antibiotic that also threw him into an MG crisis. While it has been a hard road, Mark is now doing much better today and continuing to make sure he is getting the best treatments.
Upon his diagnosis, Mark took to social media in search of support. While it was proving difficult for him in the beginning to find people in the area living with MG, he was able to connect with Paula McGinnis on Facebook as he was searching MG-related pages and learned more about the MG Walk. As he had been looking for a way to meet more people in the area that were going through similar experiences as he was, the MG Walk proved to be a great next step to get involved.
This year will be Mark’s third year attending the MG Walk. It has offered him a great community and a great place to continue learning from others who are going through their own diagnoses and experiences. MG can prove to be such a mystery, but the support that he has found at the Walk has been amazing, and his family has been there as a constant support as well right from the beginning.
As the MG Walk Hero, Mark hopes to inspire people to look for that support, as it’s so important. There can be days that are great, and other days where something is just not working, but you do what you can and lean on your support system to help get you through. He has also been a huge advocate of eating well and has found he has a lot more energy once he started to focus on his nutrition. He looks forward to sharing his story and encouraging others to get involved as we all work together to raise important funds to help all those living with MG and one day, find a cure.
Check out this great article about our Southern Illinois MG Walk Coordinator and MG Advocate, Paula McGinnis and the Walk on Oct. 14!
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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!
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MG Walk Office
1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60123
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