WHAT IS BECKER'S MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY?

Becker Muscular Dystrophy is a rare genetic condition affecting males for which there is currently no cure. It causes slowly progressive muscle weakness that may be apparent from childhood and leads to difficulties in running, standing, getting up from a low position and causes issues with climbing steps and stairs. Typically a boy with Becker's MD will struggle with physical sports at school and may experience muscle cramps and will have enlarged calf muscles. The progression of  Becker's Muscular Dystrophy is highly variable with symptoms mild in some cases and more severe in others. Some muscles become weak and wasted with leg muscles affected first and later shoulders and upper arms. With progression, walking becomes more difficult, leading to an increased risk of falls and injury. Eventually men with Becker's MD will lose the ability to walk and will require the use of a wheelchair. This could happen anytime between their 20's and 50's or in some cases even later. Some may have heart problems and issues with breathing muscles in the long term.

It must also be known that BMD affects everyone differently while some may use wheelchairs other's still have the ability to walk and their issues are not always that obvious to the untrained eye. But no matter what our limitations are we can lead relatively normal, independent lives. Sure the quality of life for those with Becker's Muscular Dystrophy can be impacted by the symptoms of the disorder. But with assistive devices, independence can be maintained. Many people living with Becker's Muscular Dystrophy go onto have successful careers, to have children and live life pretty much like anyone else. Many people living with BMD are known to make the most of their abilities and learn to adapt to the changes that come along as a result of living with Becker Muscular Dystrophy.


Brad Miller - the author of My Becker's Story 

Join me as I share my story.


My name is Brad Miller and I was diagnosed with Becker Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 10, a condition which limits my ability to walk and gets progressively worse over time. I created the My Becker's Story blog in 2010 to share my story and to help raise awareness about Muscular Dystrophy. Along with sharing my story I also raise awareness about accessibility and the issues people with disabilities face. When it comes to the My Becker's Story blog even though the focus is on Becker's Muscular Dystrophy I also want to encourage those affected by other conditions even other forms of Muscular Dystrophy to join in as well. I truly believe when we join "Together" we can make a difference in our communities and raise even more awareness about Muscular Dystrophy and the issues people with disabilities face. The main focus behind the My Becker’s Story blog is to tell my story in hopes that it will somehow help those living with Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy, as well as their families and friends.