Muscular Dystrophy Essay

945 WordsOct 13, 20114 Pages
Muscular Dystrophy is a group of various disorders that cause muscle tissue deterioration, which continue to worsen overtime. It affects 1 in 544,000 people in the United States. This disease has always been an interest of mine, as a younger boy that went to my same school was diagnosed with it. Colby Lightfoot, who is now 20, has been an inspiration to many in our community. His positive outlook on life as well as his attitude towards this disease is astounding. He is an aspiring country singer/guitar player, who has an amazing voice and gift, doesn’t let this disease effect what he enjoys doing best! He is also an avid fisherman and hunter. He is blessed with amazing parents who push him to succeed and will help adjust anything in life to make his dreams possible. He was not always wheel-chair bound. I can remember as far back in elementary school where he was just another normal boy playing football on the playground. It wasn’t until the later years of his elementary education when he knew something was wrong. This something was the incurable disease known as muscular dystrophy. It was a slow process of losing his muscle strength that led to one thing after another that he was no longer able to do. The best thing about Colby is he no longer concentrates on the things he can’t do, he prides himself in the things he can still do! Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a disease that can be passed down from a family member which is the most common way to attain the disease, or it can be caused my mutation of genes or DNA. MD causes the muscles to become weak or even die. The majority of the different forms of MD can also affect the heart, gastrointestinal, nervous system, endocrine glands, as well as the eyes and brain. It was in the 1860’s when this disorder became prominent in the medical field. The most common, yet most severe form (Duchenne muscular dystrophy), was

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