My sister Kayla is now fifteen, and continues to live with the effects of Duchene's. She always will of course, the disease has progressed some. Kayla hasn't been able to walk since she was about eleven, and going through highschool is challenge enough, but going through it with a disease like Duchene's is particuallary hard.
Kayla has never been the type to sit around and feel sorry for herself though. She does her best to make her life as full as possible and makes straight A's in school. Despite missing days, sometimes weeks at a time when she takes a turn for the worse.
Thankfully it has not come to the point of Kayla needing a breathing tube yet, and she can still do a lot for herself. Duchene's is very different in girls than it is in boys, but no less scary.
Any form of muscular dystrophy is scary, but Duchene's always seems to make people think of death, still their are those beating the odds, and I believe Kayla is going to be another one who beats the odds. My sister deserves to beat the odds. She deserves to live a full and happy life.
Kayla is going to make a difference to someone, and I have to believe she is going to live a full life. She is going to be going to college in less than a year, because she is so far ahead of her peers.
My sister's faith in the Lord, and in herself remains steadfast and strong, and I for one am thankful for that.