Local author shares story of hope

An Oshkosh man is hoping his new book will raise awareness of a rare but debilitating disease.

This week on CW 14 Focus host Robert Hornacek was joined by Gary Beyer. Beyer is the author of “You Must Answer This,” a book he self-published to raise awareness of his medical condition.

Beyer was diagnosed with inclusion body myositis back in 2008.

“There was no medical encouragement. No treatment. No cure,” Beyer said. “They don’t know what causes this disease. What ends up happening is you quadriceps muscles which are needed to get up from a seated position end up going down. Like you said, I look good. I hear this all the time. I found this to be a very invisible disease to most people. That’s why I felt this needed to be talked about in the book.”

CW 14 Focus is a weekly, half-hour interview program that focuses on the issues important to people in northeast Wisconsin. Each week, Robert Hornacek will sit down with a different guest and go beyond the sound bites. The program will highlight the people making a difference in the community and give viewers an opportunity to get in depth perspective. CW 14 Focus airs Sundays at 10 a.m.

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