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A Little About My CMT Journey

My name is Kaileen, I am 28 years old I have CMT2D. Knowing I have CMT is still a new feeling for me as I was undiagnosed until I was 27.

During my childhood, doctors could never identify the root cause of the symptoms I experienced. When I was 22, I suddenly lost the majority of my voice. Once again, no one could identify a cause.

This unexpected change left me questioning what was going on with my body, so I went to see a neurologist. After multiple tests and seeing a geneticist, I was finally diagnosed in 2019 with a very rare form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 2D. Little did I know, vocal cord paresis is a symptom of CMT2.

My form of CMT2D is very rare and was a spontaneous mutation; the variant in my GARS gene has not yet been recorded in any medical articles or journals.

So although I don’t have a lot of resources specific to my type of CMT, I’m very happy to have some answers after 27 years of not knowing.

My hope is for others like me to not have to grow up not knowing the reason for what they're going through and have treatments available to them. The science suggests that it's possible to deliver treatments for CMT in the next few years, but research could go unfunded if we don't take action now.

Every dollar donated will be doubled, up to $30,000, now through Sept. 30!





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My Supporters

  • Justin Gair September 2020 $50.00
  • Brittany Wells I donate for my best friend. September 2020
  • Justin Gair September 2020 $50.00