June 2017: Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
WHEREAS, Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in 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 join the Myasthenia Gravis Association Detroit area office to encourages awareness, understanding and support for those individuals struggling with this neuromuscular disease and to help them get an appropriate diagnosis as well as ongoing medical treatment;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month in Michigan.