Becker Muscular Dystrophy: Through the Eyes of Nancy Jackson
I was born November 13th, 1961 in Smith Falls, Ontario. For the first seven years of my life, I was a healthy little girl who enjoyed playing and could not wait to attend school. Then, at age seven, I was diagnosed with Becker muscular dystrophy – a progressive, muscle wasting condition. Here is my story.
My grade one teacher, who had a daughter born with muscular dystrophy, saw the signs. In many ways I was like every other kid my age, but I was slow in sports, I would frequently trip and fall, and I had trouble getting up from a seated position. I was sent to see a specialist at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, who did a muscle biopsy on my right leg and determined that I have Becker muscular dystrophy.
By the time I entered high school, walking was increasingly difficult, but I was determined to keep going without a wheelchair. I would leave each class five minutes early, so I could beat the crowds in the hall to avoid getting bumped into and falling over. Believe me, some days those school halls seemed a mile long. Stairs were becoming a struggle, so the school arranged for my classes to be on the main floor in the morning and on the second floor in the afternoon. After I graduated from high school, I went on to study computers at Smith Falls Alternative School.