This weekend my brother visited from Manchester and on Saturday night we went to the theatre to see ‘In The Heights’. It was our third time seeing the Tony Award winning show set in Washington Heights, New York, together and once more we were amazed by the athleticism of the performers.
The hip hop and salsa choreography in this high energy musical leaves you exhausted just watching it. In fact, I was so tired spectating on this occasion that it made me think about whether someone with myasthenia would be able to do a stage job like that.
The main reason my mind wandered to this was one of the stars was heavily pregnant and it got me thinking about how rare that is to see. More specifically, how rare it is to see anyone who isn’t ‘at their best’.
Physical jobs are obviously more difficult for people with MG and I’ve heard many tales of careers, current or dream, having to be put aside for something more realistic. Saying that, I’ve also met a PE teacher, a chef and I hear there is even a model with myasthenia. The question is – is any job still achievable if modifications can be made? If your dream has always been to become an actor/musician/model/athlete etc etc, does getting an MG diagnosis put an end to it?
I would love to say no but unfortunately, like most things concerning MG, it is dependant on the individual and the severity of their condition. Due to the fluctuating nature of the condition, it may be that you are able to do a physical job part-time or most of the time with breaks when symptoms are flaring. I read about a model with Lyme Disease last week who works less than her other model companions, but who has still been able to forge a successful career.
The heavily pregnant actress wasn’t doing flips like her colleagues, but she gave it her all. Her singing, her modified dancing and her acting were all equally fantastic and it was her performance that the crowd were talking about as they left the theatre. Could it not be the same for someone with myasthenia?