Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

Signs and Symptoms

Often, people with LGMD first notice a problem when they begin to walk with a “waddling” gait because of weakness of the hip and leg muscles. They may have trouble getting out of chairs, rising from a toilet seat or climbing stairs.

Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy

Description: 

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MDA leads the search for treatments and therapies for limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). The Association also provides comprehensive supports and expert clinical care for those living with LGMD.

Caroline Pennell

Location

Chesterfield, VA

Caroline has been painting for several years and received awards at the annual Art adventures local art show for three years. Her favorite activities include working on the computer and spending time with her friends.

Full name: 
Caroline Pennell
Artist: 
Caroline Pennell
Disease: 
Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)
Medium: 
Oil Pastels

Jennifer Pattison

Location

Grafton, VA

Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She worked as a portrait artist at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg for four years and is employed as a graphic designer.

Full name: 
Jennifer Pattison
Artist: 
Jennifer Pattison
Disease: 
Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Margaret Drummond

Location

Cross Roads, TX

Margaret has been painting for 25 years. Her other hobbies include knitting and cooking. Her brother, who also is affected by limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, built the frame for this artwork.

Full name: 
Margaret Drummond
Artist: 
Margaret Drummond
Disease: 
Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)
Medium: 
Oil

Jan Blaustone

Location

Nashville, TN

Jan earned a B.A. in English, and has received awards for photography and painting. She also has authored numerous articles and two books, and is a member of the MDA National Task Force on Public Awareness. Jan was named the 2001 MDA National Personal Achievement Award recipient. This painting was created after Jan, herself a former fire fighter, saw a photo taken through a window showing fire fighters working through the rubble at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. Creating this beautiful artwork helped her with her own healing following the tragic event.

Full name: 
Jan Blaustone
Artist: 
Jan Blaustone
Disease: 
Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)
Medium: 
Oil Pastels

David Casner

Location

Cogan Station, PA

David’s hobbies included painting, building model cars and miniature houses, as well as creating decorative metalwork. He was a member of the Bald Eagle Art League.

Full name: 
David Casner
Artist: 
David Casner
Disease: 
Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)
Medium: 
Oil

William Bill Rinaldi

Location

Dunmore, PA

Bill was involved in politics for many years, and his paintings have been exhibited in the Lackawanna Arts Festival. He was a noted writer, having published his autobiography in 2001, and one of his plays was produced by the Scranton Public Theatre. In 1993, Bill received the MDA Personal Achievement Award for Pennsylvania.

Full name: 
William Rinaldi
Artist: 
William Bill Rinaldi
Disease: 
Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)
Medium: 
Colored Pen & Ink

Barbara Misheck

Location

Willoughby Hills, OH

Barbara received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Kent State University.Her work has been seen in numerous galleries and exhibits nationwide, as well as featured on notecards and calendars. Barbara’s book, “A Wing and a Prayer: An Artist's Journey with Muscular Dystrophy,” was published in 2007. She was a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society.

Full name: 
Barbara Misheck
Artist: 
Barbara Misheck
Disease: 
Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)
Medium: 
Watercolor

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