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Muscular Dystrophy

2 Refugee Siblings Journey In Wheelchairs From Syria To Greece

The Huffington Post | Danae Leivada | Posted 09.09.2016 | World

ATHENS ― Two horses helped Alan Mohammad flee Syria. One carried him and his sister Gyan through the rugged mountains of Iraq over into Turkey. The ...

This Is Not The Way I Planned It...

Heather C. Miller | Posted 09.01.2016 | Impact
Heather C. Miller

It’s always been me and my brother, Justin. Either us against the world, or as kids, us against each other.We’re only 11 months apart in age and I...

Why This Inspiring Woman Chose To Celebrate Her 83rd Birthday At 57

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.09.2016 | OWN

Jeni Stepanek is 57. But she recently decided to celebrate her “83rd” birthday. The birthday party was a part of Jeni’s bucket list, which she c...

'The Fundamentals Of Caring' -- Road Trip Buddies We Wind Up Caring About

Joseph Cooper | Posted 06.29.2016 | Entertainment
Joseph Cooper

The Fundamentals of Caring - just released as a Netflix Original- has taken the best segments of Jonathan Evison's 2012 novel, The Revised Fundamental...

Paul Rudd Gets Serious: The Fundamentals of Caring

Brandon Judell | Posted 06.25.2016 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

"How would you wipe my ass?" is not a question asked at every job interview, but it is in the Netflix adaptation of Jonathan Evison's enthusiastically...

First Ever World FSHD Day, June 20th 2016

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Image credit: -The FSH Society- World FSHD Day Logo: The FSH Society ...

Please Help! Disabled Mom In Wheelchair Needs Help To Move

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

My name is Trisha Sprayberry from Aloha, Oregon. I am, a writer and an advocate for disability equality previously featured here in The Huffington Pos...

When Your Sibling Has Special Needs, Your Needs Are Special Too

Heather C. Miller | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Heather C. Miller

I know not everyone's story is the same. Some siblings may have better coping skills to deal with the ups and downs. Some people are naturally good at looking at the bright side, while others need some help finding the light... and that's OK too.

A Letter to Apple: You've Given My Brother Life

Heather C. Miller | Posted 03.31.2016 | Impact
Heather C. Miller

God gave him a body that doesn't quite work. A body that tries to fail him over and over again. Throughout every medical leave and hospital stay, Apple sticks by him. Anytime his health declines, he always has the same goal in mind; to get back to work at Apple.

Beyoncé Casts ***Flawless Model With Muscular Dystrophy As New Campaign Face

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.24.2016 | Good News

The face of Queen Bey's merchandise campaign is showing everyone that diversity = slay. Jillian Mercado, who has spastic muscular dystrophy and uses a...

New Technology May Lead To Groundbreaking Cures For Challenging Diseases

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 11.28.2015 | Science

Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of t...

Dear Chancellor Foley: Mizzou Must Stand With Planned Parenthood

Jessi D. Miller | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Jessi D. Miller

You have the power to reverse the damage your predecessor's actions have caused for women like me who seek services from Planned Parenthood. I know I am not alone, Mr. Foley. There are thousands of us with an actual need for Planned Parenthood's services in mid-Missouri.

How One Dad Changed The Halloween Game For Kids In Wheelchairs

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.30.2015 | Parents

When Keaton, a 10-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy, told his dad he wanted to be a pirate for Halloween in 2008, his wheelchair could have been a ...

How Jerry Lewis Seduced Me

Petra Perkins | Posted 08.25.2016 | Entertainment
Petra Perkins

In the tradition of Same Time, Next Year where Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn trysted annually for a quarter century, I was intimate with Jerry Lewis, every September. I'd meet him on Labor Day and we'd spend the entire night together. Drinks, dinner.

WATCH: L.A. Filmmaker Honors Quadriplegic Friend With Inspirational Movie

HooplaHa | Posted 08.26.2016 | Good News

At the age of seven months, Christopher Rush was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and his parents were told he would be "no more than a dishrag, and dead by the age of two." Christopher lived to 30, and in that time he achieved more than most able-bodied people do in a lifetime.

Family With 4 Siblings Who Have Muscular Dystrophy Needs Help Getting Safe, Accessible Home

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact

Updated on July 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. EST. For the Herzfelds, just getting around the house has become impossible these days. All four siblings in the ...

Muscular Dystrophy Group Pulls The Plug On Its Jerry Lewis Telethon

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2016 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (Reuters) - The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) said Friday it will end its long-standing Labor Day telethon, aired on the A...

For Past 3 Years, Teen Has Carried Fellow Student Who Has Muscular Dystrophy To Class

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.28.2015 | Good News

Now this is friendship. Xie Xu, an 18-year-old high school student from China has been carrying his friend, Zhang Chi, a 19-year-old who has muscu...

How My Progressive Disease Taught Me That It's Okay To Be Human

Kristin Duquette | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Duquette

Facts are facts, there's no doubt about that, but the human spirit is truly immeasurable. No matter how immobile a person may be, the human spirit can light up a room. The human spirit is more powerful than the adversity we face. My spirit is bigger than a scientific diagnosis and weak muscles.

Just Believe

Donnie Demers | Posted 02.20.2015 | Good News
Donnie Demers

A little over two years ago, my life began to implode. I found myself confronting issues that I had been trying to suppress for years. It wasn't drug addiction or alcoholism, nor was it depression or abuse. I was struggling with the complications of living with a neuromuscular disorder.

Why The Hell Do I Deserve This?

Yaniv Aviran | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Yaniv Aviran

I don't think I would have had the time to study what I've always wanted, start my own business, travel the world, give lectures in lots of different places and publish a children's book, without knowing that the most limited thing I've got is my time here on earth.

This Ben 10 Is a Basketball Player

Carl Berman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Sports
Carl Berman

Here's a great example of how sports can enhance the lives of everyone participating.

Why I Choose to Ignore My Medical Chart

Yaniv Aviran | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Yaniv Aviran

When I look in the mirror I remember the toughness of my situation. Even among the other handicapped people, I'm considered a "worse case scenario." And there is pain sometimes. Nothing is simple, and sure, I had to give up on some childhood dreams but so what? There isn't one great movie without a plot twist.

How a Trip to The Museum Changed My Life

Kalyani Sharma | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Kalyani Sharma

At the end of the day, I was ashamed at the fact that I originally saw the afternoon as an obligation, when it ultimately proved to be a privilege and an uplifting experience.

The Power of a Selfie

Kristin Duquette | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

I've always been a bit self-conscious about people taking my picture; especially when the photographer asks me to smile more; unbeknownst that I have a condition which weakens my facial muscles.