Hello! Nice to meet you On littlemissturtle.com!
My name is Melanie. I’m a 30-year-old, French-German globetrotter on wheels.
If you are looking for inspiration and for possibilities how to enjoy a fulfilling life and adventurous travels with a progressive disability, you’ll feel right at home here!
What’s this blog about?
On Little Miss Turtle I write about my eventful, funny, often weird and sometimes sad life with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. I was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2i (or to make it short LGMD2i) at the age of 4 and got my first wheelchair with 10. Over the years, my wheelchair became my best friend and it continuously keeps me moving forward towards new experiences. I have a traveller’s heart and I love to discover new places all around the world.
What is limb girdle muscular dystrophy?
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, or just LGMD, is a rare genetic muscular disorder with almost 30 different subtypes. The disease varies in severity but mostly affects the proximal muscles in the arms and legs. LGMD causes weakness and wasting of the muscles all life long. There is no cure for this condition yet.
What can I give back?
My enduring experience in living with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2i has taught me to overcome fear as well as to free my mind from social convictions. Here, on this blog, I would like to share my story and especially all my travel adventures with you.
Thank you for being here!
Lot’s of love,
Melanie | Little Miss Turtle