Suzanne Rogers, star of Days Of Our Lives, has Myasthenia Gravis. She has played Maggie Horton on the show for more than 20 years. Ms. Rogers has been a performer since she was a child, starting with dancing. She danced so well that she became one of the Rockets.
When her singing talent was discovered, she then became an actress, dancer and singer on Broadway and performed on the Ed Sullivan show. In 1973, she became Maggie Horton on Days of Our Lives when she decided that she wanted a full-time career. In 1984, she was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis and went through very debilitating symptoms.
Ms. Rogers wasn’t able to work for one year because of her extreme difficulty with speaking, double vision and problems with eating which caused her to lose a great deal of weight. After receiving the correct treatment including medication, she was able to return to work after going into remission. Her character has Myasthenia Gravis too, so she is able to share this condition with her fans and others.
She continues to inspire people by contacting other people with Myasthenia Gravis and is now the spokesperson for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation.
Although remission is not the outcome for all people with Myasthenia Gravis, it helps me to see that it is possible. I commend Suzanne Rogers from Days Of Our Lives for speaking out about her condition when she could have hid it.