Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Meaning “grave muscle weakness,” Myasthenia Gravis is a rare, often misdiagnosed, autoimmune, neuromuscular disease that causes weakness of the voluntary muscles; and
Whereas Myasthenia Gravis can affect people of any age, race and gender, though it is most common in women in the third and fourth decades of their lives and men in the seventh and eighth decades; and
Whereas Common symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis include drooping eyelids, double or blurred vision, slurred speech, difficulty chewing and swallowing, weakness of the limbs, and chronic muscle fatigue; and
Whereas Although controllable by medication and other treatments, it can be fatal if untreated; and
Whereas Approximately 70,000 people are living with Myasthenia Gravis in the United States, and because of its rarity, many Americans are often undiagnosed; and
Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to inform citizens of the devastating effects of Myasthenia Gravis,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 2013 to be,
MYASTHENIA GRAVIS AWARENESS MONTH
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-third day of May, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth