Hello! My name is Cole and there is a lot more to me than just his wheelchair. Let me tell you a little bit about my muscle disability.
The reason I am in this wheel chair is because I have Muscular Dystrophy. Some of you may ask, what is muscular dystrophy? Well, this disease is a hereditary condition marked by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles.
How I knew I had Muscular Dystrophy
I am still able to go to school and learn just as much as anyone else. I am just unable to walk but I do not let that define who I am .
When I was born my parents had great plans for me. They did not know I would develop this life changing disease.
What we know now
When I was around 2 years old, this is when my parents started to realize that I was developing certain motor skills the way I should be. I could not even walk up th estairs. I was miserable.
My mother took me to the doctor and this is where I learned that I had developed muscular dystrophy. We learned that there is no cure for it but I could go to special rehabilitation to help with my joints.
Now, as I have gotten older, we have learned It’s a genetic disease that typically affects boys. DMD causes a progressive loss of muscle strength since boys diagnosed with DMD have a lack of a protein called dystrophin. Dystrophin protects muscle fibers from breaking down. Usually the leg muscles are affected first. As boys grow older, the heart and respiratory muscles are affected. I will not let this disease define who I am and I will continue to fight everyday.