Dexter Williams, a running back for the Green Bay Packers, and his mother, Cheryl, tackle myasthenia gravis.
NFL running backs are used to people trying to block their progress. But through strength, perseverance and some help from team members, they can keep moving forward. The same can be said about people with myasthenia gravis (MG), says Green Bay Packers running back Dexter Williams. He and his mother, Cheryl, who lives with MG, are each other’s biggest supporters. Together, they work to overcome life challenges.
When Dexter was a teenager, Cheryl was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis while working as a teacher. What began as frequent bouts of exhaustion after work grew into a myasthenic crisis that put her in a three-month coma. Nearly 24 hours before she was to be taken off life support, Cheryl awoke, bringing the family closer than they had ever been before.
Years later, when Dexter experienced a brief setback during his college football career at Notre Dame, Cheryl moved in with him and became his roommate, providing emotional support to help him excel in football and his studies. Today, Cheryl visits Dexter often in Green Bay, continuing to inspire him on the field and in life. Likewise, Dexter supports Cheryl in her day-to-day journey with MG.
Dexter and Cheryl are both proud supporters of the MG community. They recently talked to MG United about how myasthenia gravis has affected them and their outlook on life.