Pearl Burgin has faced her share of setbacks as she navigated life with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, motherhood and higher education as an adult student. But, as she writes in this reflection on going back to school, “I am fortunate to have found a way to become a mom and a scholar. If anyone else is wondering if getting an education while living with a neuromuscular disease and raising a family is possible, I hope they consider their situation, review their options and find resources that will help. Remember not to let doubt hold you back from becoming all that you want to be. Just do what works for you. I challenged myself, worked hard, and it’s paying off. Now for the next goal: grad school.”
Monkol Lek, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute, both lives with and studies limb girdle muscular dystrophy. He received a research grant from MDA to improve the diagnosis of rare muscle diseases, and this fall he will open his own lab at Yale.
31-year old Keisha Greaves of Cambridge, Mass., lives her life with flair. With a degree in fashion design and merchandising, this fashionista lives and breathes style. Keisha, who has a subtype-unknown form of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD), uses her fashion background to bring together her two of her favorite passions: clothing design and advocacy.