Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is what Nolan has and what Britney is a carrier for, is a very severe form of muscular dystrophy. People with DMD have only recently started to live past their 20s. The average life expectancy is currently 25. It’s not comparable to whatever MD your grandfather had and that you may or may not be a carrier for.kiki wrote:The one thing I disagree with on here is everyone thinking that having a baby AFTER knowing her child had MD is selfish and wrong. I hate to agree with britney but sues right when she says a disabled life is not a wasted life. To say she was selfish for having Harlow or any other children because they MAY end up with MD or be carriers is actually pretty offensive to someone like myself, with a family member who has MD
My grandfather had MD. My mother and aunt could have been carriers. Neither of them ever got tested, and none of my siblings or cousins ended up with MD. I nay also be a carrier; I have no plans to get tested. If I have a child with MD, so be it. They CAN have a great quality of life. My grandfather had a wonderful life, even eith MD. His challenges made him into the man he was and he did not regret his life for a second.
So as someone who is in a similar position to Aria and Harlow, no, I do not think my mother was selfish for having 4 kids, I don't hate her for it, and I think she made the right decision. Aria and Harlow can make the decision to get tested or not, and the decision to have children or not. Like me, they probably won't care. A baby that is wanted will be wanted regardless of any disability, and loving parents will make sure their child has the best quality of life possible.
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DMD is not a disability. It is a progressive, debilitating disease that will one day kill Nolan, probably when he is far too young. He will be wheelchair bound by his early teens at the latest.
Continuing to have children for your own fulfillment, knowing they could also inherit this horrific disease is SELFISH. There are other paths to parenthood if Britney really wants more kids, namely adoption and IVF.
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