Now, this is a story all about how my life f̶l̶i̶p̶p̶e̶d̶-̶t̶u̶r̶n̶e̶d̶ ̶u̶p̶s̶i̶d̶e̶ ̶d̶o̶w̶n̶ became an episode of The Maury Povich Show.
Remember 2 months ago… When I told you that my new neurologist removed my muscular dystrophy diagnosis? Said he suspected I have a new disease called centronuclear myopathy (CNM)? And swabbed my mouth for a new DNA sample to confirm his suspicions?
In my best Maury Povich voice…
“The DNA results are in.”
“In the case of 2-month-old centronuclear myopathy, Autumn you are NOT the father.”
The audience erupts with gasps.
I melt over in my wheelchair, hold my face in my hands, and shake my head in disbelief.
My disease stands up and gleefully hopscotches all over the stage.
“Will you be in CNM’s life?”
“Do you have anything to say to your disease?”
CNM will always be part of my life because it’s in the congenital myopathy family.
You see, while the genetic testing didn’t pinpoint my disease, it did give my neurologist an important clue — I have a *pathogenic variation on my RYR1 gene.
(AKA a mutation. Like I’m a Teenage Mutant Ninja 🐢 Which explains my love for 🍕)
So at least I know where the problem is. And this information narrows my disease down to 5 possible conditions.
Unfortunately, I have characteristics of all F-I-V-E. Which is why my diagnosis is vague. (You know how much I ❤️ specific and descriptive, so this is not the outcome I wanted.)
CNM’s prominent characteristic is eye and facial weakness.
This limits my peripheral vision and my ability to express emotions.
But it has its upside:
Resting bitch face 😒
That means I’ll never get wrinkles, expression lines, or crow’s feet. And you’ll never read my tell when I play poker.
But what’s a copy editor to do when she wants to be playful and engaging, but can’t physically express that in her copy?
Use emojis, of course.
Emojis humanize your copy and help it relate to your readers on an emotional level — creating social intimacy.
This is because when your readers’ see certain emojis, their moods change. And they alter their facial expressions to match the emotion of the emoji.
So use this copy edit tip the next time you want to connect with your readers on a deeper, more emotional level.
Just make sure you use emojis that your readers will understand and that are relevant to your message.