In another DAYS shockeroo, Suzanne Rogers revealed to TV Guide Magazine, that come March, our beloved heroine, Maggie Horton, (who is grieving the loss of her late husband, Mickey and who is going to face a terrible ordeal with Melanie) is about to suffer again from Myasthenia Gravis, a neuromuscular disease. But what makes this so poignant and interesting is many know that Rogers has suffered from MG throughout her adult life. So much so that back in the mid-80′s when it was noticeable that the actress had consider weight gain and facial bloating, the DAYS powers-that-be wrote it into Maggie’s storyline. In addition the interview also discusses Rogers thoughts on the “Killing of Mickey” and why the show decided not to have Maggie ( a recovering alcholic) go on a bender.
Suzanne on her feeling on Maggie’s new battle with MG: “When I heard they were bringing back Maggie’s myasthenia I was very hesitant because it’s an aspect of my life I don’t like revisiting. Of course, I’m thankful for the work, and for the opportunity to get the message out once again. But there’s a part of me that’s very nervous about this. Of course, they’re dealing with it in a different way this time. Before, Days decided to deal with it because I was dealing with it, and I looked very different from the neck up. This time, Maggie will be affected in the arms and the limbs. That’s another way people can get MG, or you can get it all over from head to foot. It’s a crapshoot as to what you get. I was lucky that the kind I got was not a degenerative one. Thank God.”
Suzanne on if stress is one of the triggers of MG: “Oh, yes. And, Lord knows, Maggie’s had a lot of that recently! Her husband, Mickey, suddenly died. Her beloved Melanie [is about to] get shot. It’s been more than she can take. But I think—I hope!—she’s going to pull through this newest crisis. She always does. Stress is what brought it on for me. It came at a time when I was over 35 and dealing with that whole age stigma. Days was turning away those of us who’d been on the show for a while, and focusing on the new and the young. I was also going through a divorce at the time. Too much stress!”
Suzanne on if Maggie’s health issue could spell the end of her character for good! “Notoriously, the audience does not like [to watch] illness. I’m not sure where this is headed. I had a little talk with [Days exec producer] Gary Tomlin and he told me this is not going to be a myasthenia gravis storyline, per se. Maggie will be having symptoms that come and go.”