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Hello, my name is Sarah Shell.

I am 21 years old and I was diagnosed with the congenital form of Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome when I was 18. I first got sick when I was a sophomore in high school. I had lost 23 pounds and started showing weird neurologic symptoms. For example, my eyes stopped tracking left and right, I couldn't swallow well, and I began to pass out frequently. I was passed along from specialist to specialist so they could rule out the things in their specialty field. I heard everything from brain tumor, cancer, untreatable autoimmune diseases, and rare fatal genetic diseases. I went on the journey of specialists for about three years. I've been to Birmingham, New Orleans, and Atlanta. READ MORE.

Patient Meetings

Connect and learn! LEMS patients and caregivers gathered recently in Los Angeles for a meeting where leading doctors, and experts in rare, chronic disease shared information about living with and managing LEMS. Patients were able to connect with one another for the first time, learn about their disease and discover support available for the LEMS patient community! Patients and caregivers walked away better informed and empowered to manage their disease. Meetings this spring are scheduled in New York City, Cleveland, OH and Jacksonville, FL, and are free for patients and caregivers. Don't miss this chance to hear from LEMS experts and gain support. LEARN MORE.

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Rare Is Everywhere!

  • LEMS is one of 7,000+ rare diseases in the U.S. identified by the National Institutes of Health.
  • Rare diseases affect 1 in 10 people in the U.S., that's 30 million people
  • 95% of rare diseases have no FDA approved treatment
  • About 50% of rare diseases do not have a disease-specific organization researching or supporting the condition.

Register to join the LEMS community online and begin connecting with patients today to learn more and share your journey!

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The Battle Within


Dawn DeBois was diagnosed with LEMS in 2016. She went through years of odd neuromuscular symptoms that puzzled multiple neurologists prior to meeting a neurologist who wouldn't stop testing until she found the answer. Dawn's years of professional experience in public health education, as well as her passion for writing, led her to turn her LEMS into Lemon-aid by delving into research on her most recent autoimmune diagnosis and sharing what she's learned with others. Dawn resides in Bangor, Maine with her pug, Rocky, and various other fur baby rescues. Aside from writing, Dawn spends time enjoying all that life has to offer now that her LEMS is managed, which includes networking within the Rare Disease community at national events. You may follow Dawn's journey on Twitter: @MyBattleWithin and Instagram: @TheBattleWithinAuthor. Introducing, The Battle Within.  Dawn is also a Mighty Contributor on the digital health community, TheMighty. 

Connect at Patient Meetings

An opportunity to meet other patients, caregivers and hear from physician experts and speakers specializing in the chronic disease of LEMS.

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Join the LEMS Online Community

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LEMS Patient Stories

Learn about patients and their journeys and share your experience with others, helping cultivate an awareness and understanding of LEMS.

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