I am a mother of 3. I am married to my wonderful husband Sean, we have been married for 15 years now. I am athletic, my favorite sport is volleyball. I am a United States Air Force Veteran. I served from 2001-2005. I am 1 of 7 children and have a fraternal twin sister. I am a confirmed carrier of DMD.
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I have 3 beautiful, and smart children. Skyler (15), Gavin (10), and Jaxon (6 yr). My husband Sean is a hard worker and enjoys his job. Gavin was diagnosed with DMD back in Sept 2009. We found out by accident because he stopped growing and the doctors ran blood tests. It took from April 2009-Sept 2009 to find out. We had Jaxon tested December 2010 and unfortunately his test came back positive. We are trying to get ourselves as educated as possible with this disease.
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hy,Kristin,i have 2kids too with Duchenne,i`m sorry you are in the same situation,i understand that you are confirmed carrier of DMD,i am too,i wanted to ask u if your girl is carrier too .if u want we can talk about this.good luck for u,for me and for every child who need a miracle.
hi kristin - how far are u from Toms River NJ??? a great friend of mine, lives there... her youngest has DMD. We found out 1 yr ago... i couldn't cope for many months but now am much better & have learned to get thru each day w/ grace & strength.... some days easier than others. call anytime 717-821-5666 cell - we are goingt o PPMD conference in June - I highty recommend it. xoxox
To be honest, I think I took the original diagnosis better than my husband; obviously, I was still devastated, I still cried, etc.., but I tend to approach difficulty with a very detached attitude (probably some kind of a defense mechanism, I am sure). That said, it was almost worse watching my husband react to the news than it was actually receiving it. There is a good thread on here someplace about dads and how men tend to react differently to crisis than women, particularly when it is something affecting their children. We have no family history, and turns out I am not a carrier. So looks like we just got the short end of the stick on this one, I guess.
This is all new to you, but I think you'll find as you read posts, and do research that you will come across many ways to deal with this new life plan you've been handed. Some families become very involved in gathering all the research they can, some families ignore all that and focus entirely on their child's day-to-day-life, and still others blend the two. None of these approaches is wrong, you have to do what is best for your family. No matter how you approach it though, remember that your son still has a wonderful life ahead of him full of great things to come. It is difficult at first not to see everything through the prism of what lies ahead, but you will miss out on so much opportunity and living if you focus entirely on the future. It's there, it's coming, of course; but in the meantime, you've got the first day of school, teeth to lose, learning to read and ride a bike, great vacations, and other wonderful things, all of which deserve to be celebrated and enjoyed to their fullest ... like expanding your family!! Congratulations, by the way! It's a whole new dynamic being a big brother, my son can tell you. :)
Hi Kristin. My son was diagnosed a little over a year ago when he was 8. Similar story, I began looking for answers about Cory's gait and large leg "muscles" when he was 5 and only found an answer through a chance remark in an email that was accidentally sent my way from the autism specialist at the school. You see, one of the many diagnoses for Cory included Asperger's Syndrome because he shows some behavioral problems. When Cory's diagnosis was revealed I had myself tested and am indeed a carrier as well. I live in a fairly small city and have found very little information about Duchenne here. Thanks to our PPMD community I have been able to re-learn how to function now in this new segment of our lives that includes Duchenne. I cried non-stop for 3 months after diagnosis. Now, more than a year later, I cry less and learn everything I can about Duchenne; I continue to look for that balance between loss, love, sadness, and joy and somehow life just unfolds. You have found the right place to look to when you need people to really understand. My heart goes out to you, allow time for tears, they will help you to heal.
Kristin, I am sorry you had to join us, but I know you'll find the support you need here. It really helps to know you are not the only one going through this. My son was diagnosed a little over a year ago when he was almost 5. We had noticed nothing "major" either - he was delayed walking, that was about it. And of course he had big muscles (we called him our little superman) but it just seemed like he didn't know how to use them, which suprised us. For a few years we operated with a "learn to use them" mentality (all of us, including therapists, pediatrician, etc.) before a school PT told us she suspected something else was going on. It was devastating, and I can understand your feelings of wanting to crawl into the nearest hole and stay there until it's all over. Come out when you are ready - everyone will be here to help when you do. Take care.