Author Archives: Hawken Miller

What I’ve Learned From Finding a Caregiver

As my Duchenne muscular dystrophy has progressed, it’s become untenable for me to live on my own without outside help. We’ve begun seeking professional caregiving assistance while my parents are away on vacation or work trips. It’s nothing major — mainly help with cooking, cleaning, getting into and out…

Avoiding the Folly of Comparison

Being in a power wheelchair, getting fatigued more easily than the average person, and walking with a waddle-like gait are a few bullet points on a long list of Duchenne muscular dystrophy symptoms that make me self-conscious. But more than that, these realities of living with a…

The Joy of Getting to Interview People for a Living

I started writing for my high school newspaper, The Bolt, when I was 17. Now 24, I’m telling the stories of people who make an impact in their rare disease community for BioNews, the publisher of this site. Over the last seven years, I’ve had the privilege of conducting…

Rare Myopathy Affects Women, Too, Advocate Emphasizes

After being diagnosed as a carrier of x-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM) and losing her infant twin boys to the disease, Ashley Walker was driven into an episode of alcoholism. What she didn’t know then was that her liver was affected severely by the disease, which eventually resulted in an…

How to Enjoy Travel With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Last week, I traveled to the headquarters of my employer, BioNews, the publisher of Muscular Dystrophy News Today. The trip took me from Newport Beach, in Southern California, to Pensacola, in the Florida Panhandle. While it was an interesting experience, it wasn’t without its challenges, especially with Duchenne…