Earlier this year, we lost a dear friend and MSU volunteer, Melissa “MJ” Smith. Her parents, Larry and Dawn Smith, created a video to discuss MJ’s journey, and to highlight the positive change they saw in MJ when she found the love and support here at Myositis Support and Understanding (MSU).
MJ passed away at only 37 years of age from complications of dermatomyositis, a day before her birthday. MJ was filled with ideas to help others with myositis and embraced her newly-found creativity through painting and writing. We will always remember her with love.