Twin Cities Teen Creates Web Page for Dealing with Devastating AFM Diagnosis

October 17, 2018 06:15 PM

New cases of a rare and paralyzing illness are popping up across the country.

In Minnesota, a seventh child has been diagnosed. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are now 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis confirmed in 22 states.

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Sixteen-year-old Craig Swanson of Wayzata was diagnosed with AFM four years ago. After hearing about the new cases of AFM, Swanson set up a Caring Bridge page so he can answer questions from parents of kids recently diagnosed.

"Help other people get back to normal," Swanson said. "Hope and ideas to get better."


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Swanson's mother said there were dark days in the hospital before Craig started rehab to regain strength from nerve loss in his neck and arms. 

"Maybe part of his healing process to kind of be there to help others to heal as well," Larey Swanson said. "Hopefully it will be helpful for other families other kids to talk to people who've been through it and really who are coming out the other side."


SYMPTOMS OF AFM

  • Weakness and loss of muscle tone
  • Facial droop or weakness 
  • Difficulty moving the eyes
  • Difficulty swallowing and slurred speech

Craig Swanson continues to undergo rehab and strength training to fully recover. 

Click here for his Caring Bridge site.

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