Reply To: 10 year old boy diagnosed with GBS

January 30, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Hey Ghavinsmom, I was in a similar spot about 15 years ago. I was a very active 13 year old and I was rushed to the hospital on my first day of 7th grade and diagnosed with GBS. This would have been my first opportunity to play organized sports other than little league (football practice was after school the first day), so I was crushed when I realized I wasn’t able to play. The paralysis in my legs got pretty bad at times, going up above my hips for a short time before reverting back and recovering. I was in the hospital for a little less than a month and bedridden for most of the time. Since I was young, I bounced back very quickly. I remember specifically that I was released from the hospital on 9/9/1999. I did physical therapy a few times a week for some time after that until I regained my strength back. Thankfully, I recovered in time to play basketball that year, which I believe started some time in November. I was a little weak at first, mainly just from being off of my feet for so long, but as the season went on I progressed and never looked back. I’ve never had any lingering or ongoing issues and I went on to enjoy a completely normal and active junior high and high school experience. Throughout high school I played 4 sports and was even the captain of my football and basketball teams my senior year. Shortly after college I took up running to remain active, and to date I’ve completed 7 marathons and have more on the calendar!

I hope this helps. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if there is anyway I can help. I know it’s tough to stay positive during the tough times.