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The Importance of Connecting With the LEMS Community

I felt very alone when our daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS). I had no idea where to turn for help. Our family didn’t know anyone with LEMS, or any other rare disease. Her doctor had limited resources and knowledge of the condition. We were walking blindly…

The Tricks That Made Air Travel Easier for My Daughter

Most lives have been interrupted by the events of the past two years. People across the globe have had to cancel plans, miss family reunions and weddings, curb travel, and limit contact with others. Our family has been no exception. Most notably, during the pandemic, our eldest son moved to…

A Day in the Life: Grace Receives a Rituxan Infusion

Every six months, my 16-year-old daughter, Grace, receives a dose of Rituxan (rituximab), the latest and greatest treatment we have added to her regimen for Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS). Before that first dose, Grace was exhausted all the time. She was able to do very little outside the house…

Guarding Against Comparing Our Situation With Others

Some days are just harder than others. Wouldn’t you agree? Much of the time, I feel like we are moving along nicely on this rare disease journey. We are in a good rhythm with the treatment plan for our 16-year-old daughter, Grace, who has Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS). Yet, out…

How the Hope of Today Helped Me Face the Trauma of Yesterday

At this time last week, I found myself back in the place where our journey with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) began. We were living in Connecticut when our daughter Grace began experiencing unexplainable symptoms, including random falls, walking with a limp, and arm weakness. Thus began our exploration into the…

Finding Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

Summer can present a host of problems for those living with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS). Heat and humidity are known to exacerbate muscle weakness. Our family lives in Florida, which presents many challenges for our daughter Grace, who is living with LEMS. Over time, we have come up with…

Finding Strategies to Slow Our Pace

I have spent most of my life in a rush. As someone with a Type A personality, I love to be organized and manage my time efficiently. A great day for me is full of activities and to-do lists. Every task seems to carry a sense of urgency. There…