A WOMAN who once struggled to even open her eyes because of a rare neuromuscular disease has signed up for the Sheffield Half Marathon.
Alyson Adam, of Walkey, suffered slurred speech and mobility problems and was eventually diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis - which attacks the nerves and stops the muscles from working.
Medics took eight months to diagnose the condition and with each passing day she deteriorated as her body shut down.
Alyson, 28, said: “I can still remember how utterly depressed I was when I didn’t know what was wrong with me.
“I was becoming less mobile and my speech was becoming slurred.
“Because I was young, people thought I was drunk on the street when I fell over. It was petrifying not knowing what was wrong.”
After her diagnosis in 2004 she was often unable to feed herself and wash or brush her hair.
The condition makes sufferers switch from normal one moment to becoming droopy and listless hours or minutes later .
Alyson, who sought help from the Myasthenia Gravis Association’s (MGA) website, said: “It gave me the information I needed and reassurance I wasn’t alone.”
“Now medication keeps my symptoms at bay and I feel like my MG is under control.
Alyson has signed up for the run on May 8 and is raising cash for the MGA.
Barry Gregory, from the charity said: “Alyson is an inspiration. We are not a well known charity so we thank Alyson for her valiant fundraising and will be cheering for her on race day.”