Guillian-Barré syndrome is an uncommon inflammatory disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves, typically causing severe weakness and numbness that usually starts in your extremities and quickly worsens. Eventually your whole body can become paralyzed, even the muscles used for breathing. Luckily, this potentially deadly disorder is relatively rare, occurring worldwide in only one or two people per 100,000.
My onset with Guillian-Barré began on August 7, 2008. I lost feeling in all extremities and within a week become completely paralyzed. Fortunately, I recovered quickly. Six months after onset I was jogging again, basically back to normal. Some patients with GBS are not so lucky. GBS is rare, but many related neurological disorders are not: Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Huntington’s, to name a few. If you need support for Guillian-Barré visit the GBS/CIPI Foundation.
My heartfelt thanks to so many of you for the amazing support during my recovery . . .