Martin Jarry was a police officer in Quebec. He coached a youth hockey team. He was used to being active, used to working out, used to being strong. But when he was diagnosed with inclusion body myositis (IBM), he had to do some serious re-evaluating of his activities.
IBM is one of several rare autoimmune muscle diseases that causes severe muscle pain and weakness, difficulty moving and standing, chronic disability, and other symptoms. IBM typically affects muscles of the upper arms and legs and ankles, making it difficult or impossible to climb stairs, and often causing patients to fall. The chronic, debilitating nature of the disease inevitably leads to disability and life in a wheelchair. Read more