Living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy means tiny losses every day. Losing muscle cells, losing strength, losing functions, losing the ability to walk, and ultimately losing the ability to breathe. Duchenne is a dystrophinopathy, and is one of two diagnoses (Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy) that is caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes for a protein called dystrophin. Without dystrophin, muscles are not able to function or repair themselves properly. Becker muscular dystrophy, which is less severe than Duchenne, occurs when dystrophin is manufactured, but not in the normal form or amount.
Living with Duchenne also means trying to make the best out of every day, trying to find solutions and hoping for therapeutic innovations, novel treatment options, and new medicines that may alter the progression of the disease.
Please watch the video below to learn more about the disease.