Founder & Webmaster

Michael Hrehor

Over the years Michael has been a business owner, and worked in information technology, law enforcement and security.  His first experience with volunteering was through a Boy Scouts of America program where kids can learn about being in law enforcement.  Through the years He has also volunteered at a zoo and with faith based and social support organizations.
Michael’s first experience with viral meningitis was in 1998 when he collapsed during his Sheriff’s training in the academy.  He was rushed to the emergency room where they sent him home with a flu diagnosis, but the next day he was worse and went back.  After a lumbar puncture, they diagnosed him with viral meningitis and he spent two weeks in the hospital making him ineligible to continue with the academy.
In 2009 Michael began experiencing neck stiffness, intense headaches, light sensitivity, and the inability to even keep down water.  At the ER he was again diagnosed with viral meningitis.  Since this was Michael’s second hospitalization for viral meningitis, the infectious disease doctor tested for HSV and was able to diagnose Michael with recurrent aseptic viral meningitis.
Armed with this diagnosis, Michael realized that his repeated bouts of neck stiffness and headaches over the years had been minor flares of his meningitis. It wasn’t until consulting with a neurologist in 2016 regarding his worsening and ongoing neurological symptoms that he discovered that his disease is also called Mollaret’s Meningitis, which allowed Michael to find more information about this disease.
Michael’s symptoms continued to become more disabling over the years, culminating in a breakdown in July 2015 when he became disabled and unable to work.  Michael’s hope is to support research into recurrent meningitis to get more answers for patients with this rare disease.  Michael also has experienced multiple traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, anxiety, and his second rare disease hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HypoPP).
Video

Michael’s Story

The video is Michael’s story talking about his journey from getting diagnosed with recurrent viral meningitis to founding the association.

Michael’s Mentions

We’re changing our name!

We're changing our name! We're becoming the Recurrent Meningitis Association! Over the next couple of months you will notice changes as we migrate from the Mollaret's Meningitis Association to the Recurrent Meningitis Association. Video Why are we changing? Listen to...

read more

Our Founder on KHQ Spokane

Our founder, Michael Hrehor, was featured on KHQ local news (Spokane, WA) to talk about an amazing donation he received from Chive Charities.  The chairity is donating an Action Trackchair ST so Michael will be able to function outside of his house and participate in...

read more

My Fight to Raise Awareness for Mollaret’s Meningitis

by Michael HrehorHave you heard of Mollaret’s Meningitis? Neither had I until April 2016 when I got the official name of my rare form of viral meningitis originally diagnosed as recurrent viral meningitis. This is a disease we need to know more about, and we need...

read more