Myasthenia gravis is a disorder causing extreme muscle weakness that can impact a person’s ability to see, walk, talk, and even smile. The condition is rare and non-contagious, and affects people of all races, genders and ages. In MG, the body’s immune system attacks the connection between the neurons and the muscle fiber, which limits the ability of the brain to control muscle movement. The degree of muscle weakness can vary from person to person, and day to day. Due to the high number of misdiagnoses, the precise number of people with MG is unknown, but MG is estimated to affect approximately 100,000 Americans. There are effective treatments for most, but not all with MG. There is currently no cure.*
The Central Ohio Myasthenia Gravis Support Group strives to provide support to people newly diagnosed with MG as well as those who have lived with MG for some time. Because MG affects each person differently, input on treatments, doctors who specialize in MG and ways to work around MG are important topics. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to attend meetings, as well, to learn more about MG, how it affects their loved one and family, and how they can help support their family member living with MG. The group generally meets monthly at Riverside Methodist Hospital in the Dempsey Family Resource and Education Center. (Please see “Meetings” for more information).
Co-Facilitators of the group are Sharon and Cathy. They can be reached from the Contact Us.
*Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America