June 2011: Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

Date:  June 01, 2011  -  June 30, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakening of the voluntary muscles, the muscles that 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 and chewing, fatigue and difficulty climbing stairs or standing from a seated position; and,

WHEREAS, with no known cure, we raise awareness of Myasthenia Gravis in Michigan and encourage all citizens to learn more about this neuromuscular disease in order to recognize symptoms and encourage early detection; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2011 as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month in Michigan.