Monique Taylor MPP, Hamilton Mountain

Government of Ontario

MPP Taylor passes bill raising awareness for autoimmune disease

Published on April 14, 2022

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Monique Taylor’s bill, Myasthenia Gravis Month Act, passed in the legislature after debate Wednesday evening.

“As someone who suffered with Myasthenia Gravis in my youth, I know it can be a difficult condition to manage,” said Taylor. “I am happy to co-sponsor this bill so that more people will be aware of the condition, and to promote more research and support for those with Myasthenia Gravis.”

Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune disorder in which antibodies destroy the communication between nerves and muscle, resulting in weakness of the skeletal muscles. Myasthenia Gravis affects almost 4,000 Ontarians. The bill will proclaim month of June in each year as Myasthenia Gravis Month.

“Early diagnosis is key for Myasthenia Gravis. I was fortunate to have a doctor who was able to recognize the symptoms and diagnose me at 17. I want to say thank you to my doctors for their care in assuring I was able to receive life changing treatments promptly. Early intervention and compassionate care allowed me the quality of life I have today,” said Taylor. “Many people do not know Myasthenia Gravis exists, so bringing awareness is critical to getting people the help and support they need early. I’m grateful to my colleague from across the aisle Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, for agreeing to have me co-sponsor the bill.”