IamA 26 year old guy with an unspecified form of Muscular Dystrophy, AMA!
My short bio: Hey guys! As the title says, I'm 26 with MD. For those of you that don't know, Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disease that affects the muscles, making them very weak. It impacts everything from my ability to walk and breathe on my own (I'm in a motorized wheelchair with a ventilator that pumps air into my lungs), to how well I can go to the bathroom. I also have a feeding tube that lets me eat and drink since I run the risk of the food/drink going into my lungs due to my weakened muscles. I have to rely on people pretty much 24/7 to make sure I stay healthy and safe, but luckily I'm surrounded by people who (mostly) allow me to be as independent as I want and to pursue what interests me. I'm a HUGE gamer and am into damn near all things nerdy (my other chair is a TARDIS), and I'm currently going to school for my BA in English.
My thought process here is that lots of places I go, people have all kinds of reactions and questions that they're too afraid to ask. So I thought this might be a good way to get some of those questions answered and to spread some awareness that people like me are really not that different from the rest of you. So let's get to it!
My Proof: http://imgur.com/Wq9T9hj I can get a better picture if you guys want me to. Just let me know!
Full disclosure: My cousin is running a Gofundme for my family to hopefully get me a new van and to help my family pay the bills. You absolutely DO NOT have to donate if you don't want to. No obligation. I just figured this might be a good opportunity to get it in front of some fresh eyes and maybe get a few extra bucks. Again, NO OBLIGATION. Here's the link.
Edit Whew! That a lot of fun you guys. Thanks for all the great questions! After 7 hours I'm headed to bed haha. Keep asking questions though and I'll check back when I get up! Cheers!