Tom's Rockets - Blast Off For The Cure!
I’m Dr. Thomas Larsen. No, I’m not a medical doctor. My PHD is in Aerospace Engineering – I’m a rocket scientist, and I have an autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis (Grave Muscle Weakness). I was diagnosed with MG thirteen years ago, when I was almost 67 years old and have ridden the MG roller coaster ever since. It started with difficulty speaking and progressed to difficulty swallowing. In July 2011, after having a hip replacement, I suffered a Myasthenic Crisis and spent 35 days at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, MD, 22 days in ICU and two weeks intubated on life support. After tremendous intercession by my wonderful prayer warriors the Good Lord finally carried me out the other side of a very deep valley.
Myasthenia Gravis is a debilitating chronic autoimmune disease in which antibodies mistakenly attack and destroy neuromuscular connections, causing weakness in muscles that control basic movements that include walking, swallowing, blinking, breathing, and smiling. Many patients, including young women and children, are unable to enjoy their daily lives, attend school, or work. Every day 80,000 Americans of all races, genders, and ages live with the life-altering symptoms. Many thousands more are still in search of a diagnosis. While there are treatments, there is currently no cure for MG. Unfortunately, several young women with MG have died recently. Over the last eight years our walk team has raised over $100,000 for research to find a cure!
My goal is a world without Myasthenia Gravis.
The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) is the only national volunteer health agency dedicated to MG, and is committed to finding a cure, improving treatment options, and providing information and support to MG patients through research, education, community programs, and advocacy. In an effort to raise awareness and funds, the MGFA hosts MG walks from coast to coast. In addition to raising funds, the MG Walks generate awareness, renew hope, and create a community of caring and sharing.