Kerri Sweeris (right) was on hand for Allegan Mayor Betty McDaniel’s proclamation June 9 recognizing June as Myasthenia Gravis awareness month in the city.

Basement Beat: Pass the word on myasthenia gravis

Ryan Lewis, Editor

Ever heard of myasthenia gravis?

I only know about it because Kerri Sweeris, wife of Allegan’s city wastewater treatment plant superintendent Doug Sweeris, has made an effort for the last few years to get the word out.

You can hear from her directly by watching this video.

But here are the basics: myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the connections between nerves and muscle.

It affects approximately seven individuals in 10,000 and causes physical weakness.

Kerri Sweeris said the disease can be deadly when undiagnosed, as it can affect respiration. In early stages, it tends to affect the eyes, causing droopy eyelids. It can also be present in neck and jaw weakness. Generalized myasthenia gravis can spread to arms and legs, making movement difficult.

Allegan City Council, as it has for the last several years, proclaimed June as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month at the most recent council meeting, June 9.

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