Using his insight as a longtime physician, Dr. Ron Henderson describes the productive life he lives despite having a rare autoimmune disease known as myasthenia gravis (MG). He also provides a forum for three other MG patients to share their inspirational stories. A disease unfamiliar to many, myasthenia gravis means "grave muscle weakness" and causes severe weakness and loss of strength in voluntary muscles in various parts of the body. Often debilitating, MG falls into the category of "autoimmune" diseases, which all involve problems related to the immune system. Explaining MG symptoms, treatments, research, and disease-management tips, this book becomes a useful guide for MG patients, their families, and their physicians. And the book goes further. Using MG as an example, Dr. Henderson and others provide tips to all who suffer from chronic health problems for which there are treatments but no cures. Forced by MG to retire eight years ago as an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Henderson now enjoys improved health but realizes he can never expect to be well unless a cure is found for MG. In this book, he announces plans to expand research into MG and other autoimmune disease through his founding of the International Autoimmune Disease Research Foundation.
I heartily recommend Dr. Ron Henderson’s book, Attacking Myasthenia Gravis
. It is an inspiring story of one man’s experience living with a chronic illness—and his determination not to let it rule his life. You will enjoy and be benefited by it.
—William Roper, dean, School of Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
As a businessman/philanthropist and former hospital trustee, I am very familiar with the healthcare system. This book speaks to deficiencies in the healthcare system and also gives hope to thousands of people with autoimmune and other chronic diseases. This book addresses and brings value to many audiences.
—Wallace Malone, chairman and CEO, Southtrust Corporation
If you’ve just been diagnosed with MG, and you’re beginning to struggle with the implications—and you demand what’s best for you—you have some homework to do. Start here! Start with this informative, authoritative book, written by a highly motivated author with impressive professional credentials: a medical doctor who really understands and cares, because he is now himself an MG patient.
—Carlos Higgins, MG patient, retired Air Force pilot and attorney