Mom! I can't stand still, I keep losing my balance. I think the pavement is uneven.
The floor is not uneven Timmy, it's your DMD!
Timmy, you are a normal boy but as an 11 year old, it's going to be a little hard for you to understand. My gene ended up being stronger than your dads, and in that gene there's a mutation where it lacks protein in the muscles which helps you run and walk
My what? DMD? I'm just an 11 year old boy... What's going on? I'm confused.
It often appears with boys more or less your age Timmy. As you grow older, your movements get delayed which is why we should take care of your muscles and have you move around less so you won't damage them.
Will my muscles not heal if they get damaged?
Well, genes help produce molecules in order for cells to assemble the protein but with the extra x chromosome that's been given in your gene, it lacks protein which you need for your muscles to be strong.
Dystrophin, a tissue, is usually used to strengthen muscle fibers and protect them from injuries but unfortunately, with DMD, they can't repair.
So i'm not going to be able to walk anymore?
Thankfully, there are such things as braces, also known as orthoses, to support your ankle and foot movement and be able to extend them.
I just need to take good care of myself and I'll be good!