Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Life is Full with Uncertainties...

We really need to cherish and treasure our life.

Today I've got to know that one of my coursemate is facing a quite serious health problem. Her illness is diagnosed as Myasthenia gravis,重症肌无力. Before she knew the truth, she was having double vision frequently and became fatigue easily.

This Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a neuromuscular disease which will lead to fluctuating muscle weakness and fatiguability. It is actually an auto-immune disorder, which means the body defense system fails to recognize "self", and attack itself by mistake, like treating itself as foreign invaders.

This MG is quite less common among the autoimmune disorders. So far, she's still okay, still having double vision, being tired easily and has asymmetrical ptosis (a drooping of one eyelids).

"The hallmark of myasthenia gravis is fatiguability. Muscles become progressively weaker during periods of activity and improve after periods of rest. Muscles that control eye and eyelid movement, facial expression, chewing, talking, and swallowing are especially susceptible. The muscles that control breathing and neck and limb movements can also be affected."
-- from Wikipedia --

It has totally messed up her life. She was quite an active person and like dancing. Since she's in such suffering condition now, she's forced to give up those activities which will use up lots of energy.What she can do is just to rest more and take up some medication to control and improve the condition. It is hard to be cured, may be a life-long disease. If the condition become worse, the muscles which control breathing become affected, MG will be life threatening...

Although she appeared to be calm and positive maybe, we didn't know how to react to her situation when we were told so. What I can do now is just praying for her, hoping she will be okay and hopefully she can fully recover from this rare disorder.


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