By Marcia Lorimer, as told to Hallie Levine

I’ve lived with myasthenia gravis for 65 years. I was diagnosed when I was 10. Up until then, I was a very active child who went from playing every sport imaginable to suddenly feeling constantly exhausted. I began to choke on food, slurred my speech, and developed droopy eyes. This was back in the 1950s, so after my family doctor couldn’t find anything wrong, he suggested that I might be seeking attention. At first my parents just thought I could be trying to mimic Marilyn Monroe. It took several months — and one…

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