Every day, 14-year-old Austin Stelly heads to feed Pancake, Rusty and even little Olive.
“He would constantly fall down. That was one of the things that led us to believe there was something going on,” Trina Stelly, Austin’s mother, said.
Austin uses a motorized wheelchair full time. It’s that way for about four years.
He lost his ability to walk when he was 10 years old.
The family must to go Cincinnati for doctor’s appointments, which Austin says aren’t very fun.
But in the midst of the excitement, there’s the reality that this disease will take over.
“There’s a life expectancy,” Trina Stelly said. “His life expectancy is 20.”
Austin’s younger sister also has symptoms of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, although it’s not progressing as quickly.
As for Austin, he’s battling his disease, taking numerous medications, consistently going to physical therapy and just trying to be a normal kids.
“I mainly play on my computer and fish,” he teen said.
His mother said their family doesn’t look too far into the future. Right now, it’s about living day by day.