Diane Gracely's Personal Story

Diane Was Born With Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

Diane's doctors say, "She is a Unique Patient" they learn from her because she was born with 2 rare diseases that cause other health problems.

Diane's Long LIST of Health Issues:
Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT is a hereditary neuromuscular disease with NO CURE)
Fibrous Dysplasia of the Temporal Bone (very rare with NO CURE)
Peripheral Neuropathy

Chronic Lymphedema of the Legs
Diane was Hit Head-On by a Drunk Driver on April 13, 2015 and SURVIVED. She had a SEVERE head injury and has many herniated and bulging discs in her back.
Short Term Memory Loss
Had Gastric Bypass Surgery in 2003 ( Highest weight 339 lbs, Current weight 160 lbs)
Chronic Nausea with Eating Issues
IBS - Chronic Constipation
Chronic Muscle Spasms

Kidney Stones


Diane has been permanently disabled since 1997. 

In 1996, Diane had to resign from her 9 to 5 job and fight for Social Security Disability. Diane's feet had become badly deformed from the CMT disease. She had to use a wheelchair more often than not to be able to get around. Walking caused excruciating pain, her ankles leaned outward so bad she was sorta walking on the sides of her feet.

Diane had searched for a surgeon to help her and see if there was something that could be done to "fix" her feet. She found an amazing orthopedic surgeon in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He knew a lot about her Charcot Marie Tooth disease and told her he could reconstruct her feet and get her walking again without the excruciating pain.

Dinae was amazed and was very comfortable with the doctor, she said let's do it!

Before Diane's first foot surgery she decided she wanted to buy a computer. She was determined to learn about the internet and start an online business for extra income. She knew she could not lay around doing nothing. The surgeon told her she would be laid-up for approximately 3 years total while having the surgeries one foot at a time. And he had to do at least two surgeries on each foot. 


Diane is SHARING HER STORY HERE to HELP and INSPIRE others. CMT causes so many health problems BUT life is NOT over. NEVER GIVE UP, Diane didn't and she's now 54 years old. Has a successful online business and a roof over her head. LIFE is always a battle with DOCTORS, health, and medical bills. CMT SUCKS. But she's a SURVIVOR.

Charcot Marie Tooth disease, a hereditary neuromuscular disease that deforms the feet.

Charcot Marie Tooth disease, a hereditary neuromuscular disease that deforms the feet.