LGMD Sub-Type: Unknown
AT WHAT AGE WERE YOU DIAGNOSED:
I was diagnosed when I was 21 years old.
WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST SYMPTOMS:
First I noticed I began to walk with a “waddling” gait because of weakness of the hip and leg muscles. I had trouble getting out of chairs, rising from a toilet seat and climbing stairs. I was losing my balance to when standing.
Do you have other family members who have LGMD: No.
What do you find to be the greatest challenges in living with LGMD:
The greatest challenge for me is having a hard time walking on my own. Occasional falls that sometimes cause me injuries. Sometimes my physical limitations keeps hindering of things that I can do but it motivates me also to try my best to stay stronger and better.
What is your greatest accomplishment:
After being diagnosed with LGMD, I have always wanted to be positive in life. I had the most challenging job and that is being a sales assistant as standing for eight hours was hard. But with a lot of patience I made it.
I love swimming and going to places that even I find it difficult to go. I dare to live out the closet of limitations. Because I always believe that I am never a failure unless I haven’t tried it.
As a mother of two children and a wife I believe that I tried my very best to support the family and to stay strong for them. I choose to be productive and efficient in all the things that I do. That is why I want to be a blessing to others by doing some community work as a volunteer teacher in our community helping children to enhance their skill and knowledge in school by giving them after school service program. All things work together for good if we just see things in a positive way. I stay strong and determined because there a lot of things that I can do and be thankful of.
How has LGMD influenced you into becoming the person you are today:
I know that I have gained respect and trust for others and for myself who have gone through tough, times and triumphed, by placing myself in their shoes, whether they have disabilities or not. I was more hopeful in spite of the sickness that I have there is still a PURPOSE to succeed. I open my arms to LOVE and HEALING…My legs carry me forward in life…My disability sometimes indicates a fear of moving forward or a reluctance to step through….but…Life is beautiful…nothing is perfect in the world I live in…My physical limitations is not a hindrance…All it takes to live in peace with your age is a positive outlook on life…a happy personality…a lot of smiles…Know that inner beauty and inner strength are the mark of a winner in life, not the age or outer physical appearance. WE are all a WINNER…
What do you want the world to know about LGMD:
We are strong to Live a life of LGMD!
If your LGMD could be “cured” tomorrow, what would be the first thing that you would want to do:
I want to run and drive.