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Matthew’s Story (MCTD)

Blue and Purple RibbonI want the world to know that MEN get these diseases too. I first notice I wasn’t well in June 2012, then I was diagnosed on December 22, 2012 with an autoimmune disorder, and was finally told I had MCTD in July of 2013 at the age of 23.

It took the doctors over a year to figure out what was wrong with me. I finally made the change and decided to go to Stanford Medical we’re I finally got the answers that I wanted (in a sense). The first year was really rough not getting answers. This disease has been really humbling because I can’t do the things I am used to doing. Here I was supposed to go off to another college on a football scholarship but now I am too weak to do anything.

I am a father and a husband and I worry about leaving them, or being to weak to do activities with my daughter. But I want you to know that I fight everyday to stay strong to not let anyone know I suffer so that we can try to live a normal life, or close to it.

Matthew
California
Submitted 07/20/2014

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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One comment

  1. Hey. How are you doing? Looks like Im going to be in the same boat, no more football for me either (granted Im 42 and finished anyway). Whats the latest with you?

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