After 14 years of holding conferences, writing a review should be relatively easy and in some ways it is. Parents and family members gather to learn, to find something, to understand better, to gain strength. Some are new to the diagnosis, the word Duchenne muscular dystrophy a recent addition to their vocabulary. They are raw, tender, bruised and brave making the decision to attend and commit three days of precious time. It is amazing to me to see the community, sitting, attentive, at times… Continue
Added by Pat Furlong on July 30, 2008 at 3:44pm —
Last weekend, I competed in a local sprint triathlon. This is my regular summer race date with my older brother, Norm. Heather was not going to be with me this race, which is very unusual, and I was feeling just a little off before the race.
So as I stood in in the cool morning, I was nervous, but knew I was ready...I had just completed the swim and run portion of a 1/2 iron man a couple weeks before. And then we were off.... my… Continue
Added by Jenny on July 28, 2008 at 5:30pm —
Well, another week of training has come and gone. The big moment for this week was a scheduled 12-mile run on Saturday. I wound up turning this into a 13-mile run. I ran from Palisades Park (where we were staying) to South Haven, Michigan (where I met Kristin and the boys for lunch) along the Blue Star Highway. Southwest Michigan is really a beautiful place. Especially for someone who grew up outside Chicago. Scenery makes these long runs much more enjoyable. No real problems on the run,… Continue
Added by John Hiatt on July 28, 2008 at 1:00pm —
2008 marked my third PPMD conference, my second in Philly with hubby Brian. I can't begin to share how impressed I was with the progress of the presentations. Each speaker seemed aware of what had been said the year before, and seemed focused on sharing where they hoped to be next year.
I'm amazed at how much of a family the PPMD community is. I didn't introduce myself to everyone to whom I nodded (a personality flaw I blame squarely on my father) but I feel a camaraderie with my… Continue
Added by Gretchen on July 26, 2008 at 12:00am —
O.K., so having our child diagnosed with Duchenne was not by choice, let alone having both sons affected. My wife, Alice, and I didn't ask to spend countless hours in waiting rooms, speaking to doctors (Some good, some...well..you know...), deciding what wheelchair is best and wondering whether insurance will cover it or taking a large chunk of savings and weekly salary to buy a gas guzzling accessible van. I'd rather not have to put up with people who stare at my sons, explain to family why we… Continue
Added by Brian Denger on July 25, 2008 at 7:54pm —
So, I am training to run the ful marathon this year at Disney World. I ran the half-marathon last year. I finished in 2:05:16. I hope to improve my time this year, as well as moving up to run the full marathon. I thought I would post my weekly training log in the hope that some of the faster and more experienced runners would take pity and offer up their collective wisdom.
Added by John Hiatt on July 24, 2008 at 1:48pm —
We just got back from Philly yesterday. The conference was great as usual. Except I've been in funk today. I think I just am over stimulated and pulled from the daily routine where I don't have to be conscious of Duchenne every millisecond of the day. The great thing about the conference is that it gives me a jump start in terms of doing something about this. I want to speak out more, raise more money, help more parents and kids, and just let it be known that there is this community that exists… Continue
Added by Kelli May on July 21, 2008 at 7:30pm —
This has been such an emotional journey so far. Had a good cry with my husband the other night, and tried to explain to him again where I am coming from, and why I am so sad and angry. I don’t know about everyone else but I am so angry these days! I see people feeding their kids crap, ignoring their kids, not strapping them in seatbelts (and all of the above is common here in Singapore), and it makes me so angry because I have done EVERYTHING right by my kids and yet my son has this disease. It… Continue
Added by Sharyn Thompson on July 18, 2008 at 1:30am —
Yesterday I took the kids to a little shop in town, somewhere we go farely often. Apparently one of the workers was babysitting ,who I am asuming to have been her grandaughter, the kids were all playing around togther. A few times I saw the little girl,3 years old or so, push Deacon, so I suggested to him to get in the cart, but like any 3 yr. old wanted to stay by his big sister, so I let him. The kids hide in a clothing rack, and when the grandmother tells them to get out, Deacon takes a… Continue
Added by alicia on July 16, 2008 at 10:42am —
Hello everyone and we hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend. We stayed home and it was nice for me to have 3 days off from work. Nick’s coughing and vomiting episodes have continued even though the air quality has been a bit better here in the valley. He has so many secretions and is requiring suction almost on a daily basis. His spirit is good and we finally have him convinced that if he lets us know right away that he is coughing we can get it taken care of sooner without… Continue
Added by Debbie Fish on July 15, 2008 at 3:40pm —
Ok, here is another poem I found. I know many of you out there have not faced fulltime use of a wheelchair yet or are making that transition now. There are also many of you who like my son and our family the wheelchair has been a part of your life for awhile now. Either way - this poem is a good one and sheds a little light on the benefits of wheels. I sometimes think how hard it must have been years ago before the invention of Power Wheelchairs. They do become our boys "car" and allow them to… Continue
Added by Holly Bailey on July 15, 2008 at 10:11am —
As some of you may already know,now thru the end of Aug. Miller Brewing Co. will donate 10 cents to MDA,for every Miller Lite bottle cap sent to them. Please help if you can!! For more info on this check out the MDA website.
Thank you Alicia
Added by alicia on July 14, 2008 at 12:44pm —
I heard a radio talk show with Larry Hagman as a guest. They were talking about organ donors and how much in need they are. Larry made a statement about why wouldn't people donate their organs after they are gone, they are done using them after all so why not save lives with them. Organ transplantation has become a major "cure" for many illnesses that have no cure and because of that there is a much bigger demand. But yet people still are weary to sign away their organs once they are gone.… Continue
Added by MarcosDad on July 13, 2008 at 3:30pm —
We bought Lucas a used powerchair yesterday to make it easier to keep up with the kids in the neighborhood a little better, and I spent most of the morning cleaning it up and getting it working. Lucas is really excited because it is green, his favorite color. I got it cleaned up and there were batteries in it already. They seem to be charging OK but I'm getting an error on the chair (blinking light fault code thing) so I'll have to get it checked out. I'm hoping it's not going to be a big deal.… Continue
Added by Servais Family on July 12, 2008 at 11:25pm —
I read the following poem a few years ago, and found it again a few days ago. I don't remember where I got it, but think it is worth sharing. It is long but a good one.
To You, My Sisters
By: Maureen K. Higgins
Many of you I have never even met face to face, but I've searched you out every day. I've looked for you on the Internet, on playgrounds and in grocery stores.
I've become an expert at identifying you. You are well worn. You are stronger than you… Continue
Added by Holly Bailey on July 12, 2008 at 12:30am —
Just when we thought we were done with the whole casting process the Dr. wants more. Even though Jon’s heels touch the floor now his foot still drops when he lifts it. So back we go for more casting. At first he refused, but a new video game is a big carrot to dangle in front of a 17 year old boy. So he ultimately agreed. Then I get home and see that the authorization expires today, now I have to get that extended. I also still have appoints with the Cardiologist, the Pulmonologist and an OT… Continue
Added by Susan Rathfelder on July 9, 2008 at 12:54pm —
Heather and I are basically your average mom's, who decide to enter all different kinds of athletic events, as motivation to keep us working out. :) There is nothing like signing your name on the dotted line to keep you honest in the gym! So two years ago, we learned to swim (now neither one of us would have drowned if you threw us in the water, but we were a long way away from lap swimming) to compete in our first sprint triathlon.... to two… Continue
Added by Jenny on July 9, 2008 at 12:30am —
When I think of families caring for a child with a chronic condition I sometimes think of nineteenth century American writer and poet Henry David Thoreau. He wrote "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." I don't entirely agree with Thoreau, yet realize there are moments in our lives where we struggle for control and insight.
It is a daunting task to live and breathe Duchenne each and every day and those of us connected to this disorder cannot escape it's grasp. Unlike… Continue
Added by Brian Denger on July 6, 2008 at 7:45pm —
.....as it ends up, two people bid $200 dollars on Stephanie's scrapbook auction for Micah. So Stephanie decides to make two books, and then another of Stephanie's fan/readers donated $100 of her own money to the pot for a grand total of $500. Again this is someone who does not know ANY of us. What a AWESOME reminder that God is taking care of Micah!
Added by Jenny on July 5, 2008 at 1:00pm —
Jonathan is my hero! Not much stops him, even though he has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He is a good student and has earned enough merit badges in boy scouts to become an Eagle Scout. He is working on his community service project which is the last requirement to obtain the eagle scout rank. He is a member of the order of arrow fraternity in boy scouts. He has a great personality and laughs all the time. He is my inspiration every day. Jonathan told me "Mom, so what, I have Duchenne MD. No big… Continue
Added by Christine Piacentino on July 4, 2008 at 4:32am —