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Though there are many common and uncommon kinds of muscular dystrophy throughout the United States, it generally means a deformation or overall genetic disorder in the muscles. These disabilities can make it extremely difficult to function in day to day life. With the muscle having weakness and problems, the victim finds it hard to walk and move on occasion. Located in Indiana, the Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation works to create a better life for those with muscular dystrophy and their families. The Donate a Car program supports them in their efforts and you can too by donating your car to their honorable efforts.
5 Ways to Support Someone with Muscular Dystrophy
When it comes to physical disabilities such as muscular dystrophy, you must understand that you cannot fix or cure it, but you can help maximize their coping and be a strong source of support.
When it comes to helping anyone with anything, the more knowledge you have about the situation, the more good you can do. Learn about and come to understand muscular dystrophy. Learn what form of it your loved one or friend suffers from. Find out what their trials are and the effects of it. Discover the many lifestyle struggles and become educated with all the factors involved.
2) Be Available
Making time to listen to your loved one who lives with muscular dystrophy is important. Talking about the situation and striving to empathize with them and understand them will build trust. When they have someone they can be open and honest with about their day to day struggles, it will bring a sense of relief and peace and a safe place they can turn despite their challenges.
3) Allow Independence
Living with a disability related to mobility can cause the victim to feel hopelessness in what they can control and a constant need for other to help them simply exist. Giving space for them to do what they can do and to strive to do what you feel they cannot do is healthy and will help them build on their self worth and motivation. Allowing them to do all they can before helping with what they really cannot do will enforce a healthy lifestyle for them.
Because there are many who do not understand muscular dystrophy, those affected by it often get ignored and/or left out. Strangers and peers may be scared or nervous to include or associate with them. When it comes to making important decisions that concern them or taking part in activities and events, involve them! Those with muscular dystrophy want to feel like anybody else and flourish as they are noticed, accounted for and involved.
Last but definitely not least, support and help is best shown when the hand of love is extended. Showing sincere care and genuine interest goes a long way. Being patient in repetitive struggles or hard situations displays love. Seeking for and fulfilling opportunities to serve them or even make them smile will show a stronghold of love that will help them throughout their trial.