I have experienced two open surgeries and multiple stent placements. My story may be complicated but I've been able to overcome the struggle.
I'm a multiple compression warrior, who has MALS, SMAS, NCS, PCS, and MTS. I was very lucky to be able to have surgery for MALS, SMAS, and NCS in the States.
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Struggling with rare symptoms and an undiagnosed illness can make you feel horribly lonely, continually misunderstood, and sometimes fill you with deep self-doubt. Even once the MALS diagnosis is confirmed, sadly many patients still feel abandoned by clinicians who don’t understand MALS. By sharing our stories of struggle and victory we can help each other rise above the loneliness and anxiety of the uncertain. We hope you will consider sharing your story—whether you are a patient or the loved one of a patient. All stories are valid.
We will curate stories and post them in our patient stories section of this website—as a source of support and inspiration. Keep in mind that each of us is different and MALS manifests itself in idiosyncratic ways, so no MALS journey is identical. We hope, though, that reading about other journeys will help you with yours.