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The best she can wish for, as the rare degenerative neurological disorder tightens its grip on her body and her brain, is that the drug can ease her muscle pain and improve her daily quality of life.

“My body does not move like it’s my own body,” said said. “It’s like my body is not really mine; it’s outside itself.”

“I didn’t think it was serious,” she said.

Soga, her husband, was accorded caregiver status so he could pick up her medication from the dispensary and help her take it. The couple, who have two children, went to the first meeting with dispensary staff together in February.

“They were very friendly,” Yumoto said. “It wasn’t scary; no pressure. They did a lot of explaining.”