My name is Brad Veloz and in late August 2015 I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (MG). I am 67 years old and a fifth generation Tejano (South Texas native). I retired 2003 with 32 years of Public Service with the U.S. Federal Government and have been an activist in the Latino and the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) community.
I currently reside in San Antonio, Texas with my husband of 38 years. After retirement, I continued to work part-time and volunteered my time with various organizations such as AARP, Child Protective Services Law Office and with a Civil Rights Latino organization known as the League of United Latin American Citizens, (LULAC) established in 1929. I also led a very active life traveling and driving to Dallas, Waco, Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas.
Since my diagnoses with MG I have been home bound unable to drive and receiving home health care with a nurse twice a week and physical and occupational therapy to help me gain the strength in my legs, arms and hands. Most of the time, I have difficulty combing my hair and brushing my teeth. I also have difficulty with shortness of breath and get exhausted walking from one room of the house to another. My MG has been a life altering experience but after listening to my support group, I know there is hope in gaining the active life I once had.