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June Event to Increase Awareness of MG

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June Event to Increase Awareness of Misunderstood, Under Diagnosed Disease Affecting Hundreds of Central Texans

AUSTIN, Texas (April 27, 2010) – The Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Support Group of Central Texas will display visual art during the 10th Annual Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month in June at the Austin Public Library, Spicewood Springs Branch. On Saturday, June 12, the support group will host an open house at the library and provide guests drinks and snacks while they view artwork and learn more about this rare autoimmune disease.

The support group will display art by Enisa Bravo, a Bosnian born graphic designer,who was recently diagnosed with MG. Her art pieces reflect in very raw form the debilitating effects of MG, depicting how challenging it can be to simply write a letter or put on a sweater if symptoms are present. Bravo is donating several of her pieces to the support group in recognition of the month. These pieces were part of her graduation project which began as a need to raise awareness of MG through visual communication.

"A myasthenic myself, I understand how difficult it can be to do life, having to manage symptoms such as slurred speech; difficultly chewing and swallowing; double vision; weakness in the arms and legs; and muscle fatigue," said Linda Ann Joslin, facilitator, MG Support Group of Central Texas. "The purpose of our art show is to provide a voice for this chronic disease and increase awareness among Central Texans. Ultimately, our goal is to find a cure and improve treatments for those with the disease."

"MG is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that affects 7 out of 10,000 individuals in the U.S., so its fairly rare in terms of other autoimmune diseases," said Dr. Adam Horvit, a neurologist with Round Rock, Texas based Central Texas Neurology Consultants. "Through the efforts of the MG Support Group of Central Texas, we hope to raise awareness of MG to patients, caregivers, medical professionals and the general public."