Chris's Mom..Chris Wade McClusky
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  • Towson, MD
  • United States
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My name is Dawn and I have a son Christopher who has Duchenne's. I live in Baltimore and like to go on the computer to find others who have kids with Muscular Dystrophy. Christopher enjoys swimming, going to the beach, eating Maryland crabs and playing video games.
About my family:
Christopher Wade McClusky was born on November 7, 1988. He weighed 10 lbs. 6oz. and was 23 inches long. I had to have an emergency c-section because Chris was 3 weeks late coming into the world. He was named after his grandfather the late Rear Admiral C.Wade McClusky.
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Ruxton, Maryland

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Christopher out of the hospital

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 10:23am 0 Comments

Christopher spent a week at Johns Hopkins Hospital this past week. He has Congestive Heart Failure. I thought we were going to lose him but with prayers from family and friends, he pulled through. He is home and yesterday we had a birthday party at the Crackpot Restaurant in Towson. Christopher had his usual crabcakes. He looked good considering all that he has been through. Keep C. in your prayers.

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At 7:06pm on November 14, 2014, Chris's Mom..Chris Wade McClusky said…
I'm sad to say that Christopher passed away on October 6 2014. I miss him so much!
At 11:36pm on November 11, 2013, Tonya Carlone said…

Sending prayers to you, your family and Christopher!!


At 4:13pm on September 5, 2011,
Pat Furlong

   Hi Dawn, Nice to meet you virtually!   Please tell me a bit more about Chris and about you.  Do you see Kathryn Wagner?   Sincerely, Pat

At 1:47pm on October 15, 2009, LAURENTIU BARDAC said…
Buna, Dawn, sunt tatal un doi copii cu DMD, din România, Europa, nu avem conditiile din SUA, sa continuam Dar mergem inainte, Speranta în viitor conteaza cel mai mult.continua sa traiesti cat mai multi Avand prieteni.I-ti doresc mult noroc si sanatate
At 12:13am on March 13, 2009, Gregory said…
Wow, that's a very difficult situation on your hands. If I lived nearby I'd be his friend, however I am unable to play video games because of DMD. As you know, someday he'll be unable to play as well. Is his father involved in his life? My suggestion is enroll him in other things you do, or try to get involved in what he enjoys doing. I started a support/social group in San Jose, Ca, it was a great way to make friends with similar interests and disabiities. I wish you luck.
At 11:18pm on March 12, 2009, Gregory said…
Have you tried taking him to a social worker or a counselor?
At 11:01pm on March 12, 2009, Gregory said…
Have you tried finding others with the same interests as your son? I understand finding friends is a difficult task, especially with having DMD. I would also try having your son take a course on video game design at your local community college. This way he can learn to make his own game. Let me know how things go.

At 7:32am on February 27, 2009, Laurie Barton said…
Hi again Dawn,
I wouldn't give up on looking for someone to come in to play video games even during the winter...that shared interest could lead to doing other things together. It became a whole new connection for my son, and was also a lot of fun.
I hope it works,
At 11:16am on February 26, 2009, Laurie Barton said…
I didn't want to be the only contact the guys had outside of school. As a teacher, I had some grading I had to do and when they went to bed, so did I. I never knew when I was going to have to get up with one of them; so, I found students looking for some part time hours. I found out what their interests were, and hired them to come an afternoon or early evening a week. I stayed home and did my work or read. They played video games together, worked on building models...whatever the common interest was. When I got to know them a little better, they went to an exhibit or Best Buy or the video store together. I stayed in the background; I used the "I have to get some work done" approach to start the socialization process away from me. Sometimes I'd find a neighbor kid, too.

I'd think about trying a college age kid...interested in same things and take your son on to the College Campus; have the student take him around, or go, too if Christopher wants you to the first time. Check out the book store, or cafeteria or Biology Dept. or Computer Dept.

In our local paper, I found a college student who was home for the summer, giving swimming lessons at home in his mother's pool. I stayed inside once I felt safe (my son had to feel safe, too) , where I could see, but let the two of them work together in the pool.

I had to be creative sometimes to get something going, but I was determined to had other people in their lives... Sometimes it was an education student or one of their cousins. Since we were together so much, and they didn't spend much time with their dad doing what THEY liked to so, I looked especially for guys who were patient and able to let my son take the lead.

It worked pretty well. The guys wanted a garden, so I found a student who worked in the yard and planted, weeded, watered following my son's directions. I think it worked well for all of us. There were some that didn't work out so well...didn't show up...
a pain, but they did some neat things. Some times scouts are looking for a project: making a garden...
At 5:22pm on February 25, 2009, Laurie Barton said…
Hmmm. Good question, Dawn. Answer may depend on who answers.
My cousin who had DMD lived to be 38.
I've always believed that prevention is an impt key. If they aren't feeling well, we catch it fast...
They had jobs to do at home; when they were older, they could go to summer school or volunteer one day a week (library, child
development center...) "Purpose" has been important, too. Older son completed his MA in Biology and taught part time for his
University until we moved to PA about 2 yrs. ago. Younger son has developed a website documenting the barn we've been
renovating...and making wheel chair accessible.
We always worked to make things they liked to do as accessible as we could.
We had regular adventures...driving 20 min to local mountains day after snow to play (We were all born in Los Angeles area.)
I wonder what they're answers would be.
I hope this answer isn't too long. You got me thinking about it. I've been a single parent for about 20 yrs and have been determined that we would do the kinds of things we all wanted to do. I especially like the "adventures" we've had. That's probably enough for now.
What does your son like to do? Great looking tux!!!

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