Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

Signs and Symptoms

boy with enlarged calf muscles
Boys with DMD often have enlarged calf muscles.

Children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) are often late walkers.

Hey! I'm Here Too!

It's not easy when your brother has muscular dystrophy. His illness might bring up thoughts and feelings that upset you. There may be questions you don't know the answers to. You might be shy about asking those questions and about asking for help because your brother needs so much attention.

This brochure was written especially for you. It will help you let people know, "Hey! I'm here, too!"

Last Updated: 
Fri, 04/02/1999 - 09:00

Overview

In the early stages, Duchenne MD affects the shoulder and upper arm muscles and the muscles of the hips and thighs. These weaknesses lead to difficulty in rising from the floor, climbing stairs, maintaining balance and raising the arms.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Description: 

MDA leads the search for treatments and therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The Association also provides comprehensive supports and expert clinical care for those living with DMD.

In this section, you’ll find up-to-date information about Duchenne muscular dystrophy, as well as many helpful resources. This information has been compiled with input from researchers, physicians and people affected by the disease.

Matt Grenier

Location

Herndon, VA

Matt has been painting for several years. His favorite subjects are computer graphics, history and biology. Matt had artwork chosen for display at the Falls Church High School annual exhibit in 2007. He scans many of his pieces of artwork, and uses them for note cards and holiday cards.

Full name: 
Matt Grenier
Artist: 
Matt Grenier
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Thomas J. Spiering

Location

Leesburg, VA

Tommy created this mask at age 11 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held October 30, 1993, at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. His hobbies include pencil sketching, studying animals and working on the computer.

Full name: 
Thomas Spiering

Kaalan Wilson

Location

Houston, TX

Kaalan attends Dekaney High School in Houston. His favorite subjects are English, art and animal science. Kaalan drew this artwork based on a hero theme. He has been drawing pictures since he was a youngster.

Full name: 
Kaalan Wilson
Artist: 
Kaalan Wilson
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Robin Sen

Location

Katy, TX

Robin created this painting at age 17 at an MDA-sponsored workshop held at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. In high school, he won school awards for his artwork. He also was a member of the National Honor Society and National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Robin attended the University of Houston.

Full name: 
Robin Sen
Artist: 
Robin Sen
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Watercolor

Tomas Diaz

Location

Houston, TX

Tomás created this artwork at age 10 in an MDA-sponsored workshop held at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. He served as MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador in 1995. He enjoys reading, writing, playing video games and also was involved in a number of his high school's theatrical productions. Tomás graduated from Jesuit High School in 2006 and attends the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

Full name: 
Tomas Diaz
Artist: 
Tomas Diaz
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Geraldo Jimenez

Location

Houston, TX

Gerardo graduated from Sharpstown High School. He began drawing several years ago and usually worked on two pictures at a time. Gerardo’s hobbies included drawing, listening to music and perfecting his Spanish skills.

Full name: 
Geraldo Jimenez
Artist: 
Geraldo Jimenez
Disease: 
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Medium: 
Colored Pencil

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