I was told I’d be a vegetable
I was finally diagnosed with two neuromuscular autoimmune conditions—chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) and myasthenia gravis. There is no cure for either of them, only treatments, and doctors told me I would never walk again and would be a vegetable for the rest of my life. I was devastated.
Plasma treatments were my lifeline
It’s been four years since I was diagnosed. I am no longer totally disabled and I’m healing naturally. I am so grateful for the intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) plasma. With no cure for my condition, it was my only lifeline. Without plasma, I don’t know what I would have done. And although I no longer need it, there was a shortage recently that caused fear in everyone in my community who depends on plasma. I’m so grateful that people donate plasma because we really, really need it.