Leanne Opperman

A note to new friends, new old-friends, and old new-friends who don’t know yet ;)

Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy.

This is an extremely rare muscular disease with no current cure nor treatment, and yes, I have it. And so does my sister. My brother is all clear, and he’ll tell you it’s because he never ate his veggies!

Explained in short & in English, and not using medical terms that no ordinary human can understand….. the muscles deteriorate and waste away, eventually leading to severe disability. When you’re done freaking and going “OMG! That’s harsh!”, take a deep breath, a moment, a shot of vodka and get over it. I already have…taken a few shots and gotten over it that is. . . LOL

I was diagnosed in 2003 and since 1997 this has been a part of me, though I didn’t take much notice as a typical couldn’t-be-arsed-teenager! This disease surely forms a part of my daily life, but it most definitely doesn’t define who I am. Want to know more? Ask me, or go surf the web, though sometimes it’s all a bit confusing to read up on, unless you’re some sort of medical expert! Good luck! Haha haha. . . .

Submitted by Leanne Opperman 25-08-09

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