David Quay was in his early 50’s and working at Home Depot when he noticed climbing ladders was becoming harder. Soon after, he began falling down without warning. “One time I fell backwards in the hall and put my head right through the drywall.”

He was diagnosed with inclusion body myositis (IBM) 12 years ago.

I went online and found The Myositis Association (TMA) immediately. I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel in figuring out how to live with this disease I had never heard of.”

“I met people at TMA’s International Annual Patient Conference who were proof that you don’t have to stop living just because you have myositis.” David also met the doctor responsible for a clinical trial investigating a drug with the potential to help IBM patients, and he enrolled in the trial.

Without the information and connections we gained through TMA, I would be in a nursing home right now”, David said. His wife Donna added, “It’s so nice to know we aren’t alone. Both David and I have benefited so much from support from people who really understand.”

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2 comments on “David Quay”

  1. 1
    Joelle shonfeld on May 23, 2024

    Hello my husband was diagnosed in 2010 IBM. Usual progression has occurred.
    He has just been diagnosed with ILD. Is there a correlation ,please.

    1. 2
      Linda Kobert on May 23, 2024

      Hello Joelle, this is a good question to bring to one of our Ask the Doc webinars. You can find dates for these monthly sessions and registration information on our calendar: https://www.myositis.org/calendar/

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