June 2019: Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the voluntary muscles, which create movement and are typically under our control; and,

WHEREAS, Myasthenia Gravis occurs when normal communication between the nerve and muscle is interrupted where nerve cells connect with the muscles they control; and,

WHEREAS, the voluntary muscles most frequently affected by Myasthenia Gravis include those that control the eyes, facial expressions, and swallowing; and,

WHEREAS, symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis include difficulty breathing, swallowing, chewing, fatigue, and difficulty climbing stairs or standing from a seated position; and,

WHEREAS, with no known cure, we join the Myasthenia Gravis Association Detroit area office to encourage awareness, understanding, and support for individuals struggling with this neuromuscular disease and to help them get appropriately diagnosed as well as receive ongoing medical treatment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2019 as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month in Michigan.