The Doctors: Woman With Muscular Dystrophy Lives As A Doll

The Doctors: Real-Life Doll

The Doctors explained that 28-year-old Amber says she is actually a living doll. She calls herself the true living doll and there’s actually a whole community of dolls. But there’s something that sets Amber apart. When she was 18-years-old she noticed she was suddenly having a hard time bending down and getting back up. She was getting weaker and weaker, so she saw her doctor and underwent a muscle biopsy, which came back positive for muscular dystrophy.


The Doctors: What Is Muscular Dystrophy?

The Doctors: Woman With Muscular Dystrophy Lives As A Doll

The Doctors welcomed a woman to their show who is suffering from muscular dystrophy and copes by dressing as a doll. (dannychoo / Flickr)

According to The Doctors: “Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary condition marked by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles.” There is currently no cure for muscular dystrophy. Amber needs help from her husband with everything, all day every day. Once she got her diagnosis, she decided to really kick up her doll status and use it more. She has a YouTube channel that she uses to educate people about her illness.


The Doctors: Dressing As A Doll To Cope With Illness

Dr Travis Stork pointed out that before, when Amber would go out in public, people were cruel and would gawk at her not understanding what was wrong. But now, when she goes out dressed as a doll, she gets entirely different reactions. Amber explained that people were mean to her when she was dressed down, going as far as to tell her she needed to go eat a hamburger or she looked like she was on drugs. When she dresses dolly, people come up to her telling her how beautiful she is.

Over time, Amber’s muscles are breaking down, and muscular dystrophy is a progressive illness. Amber said the simplest tasks become harder and harder every day. Martin, Amber’s husband said he worries about his wife every day. He explained that he helps his wife get dressed and dress up as a doll. Because he’s a full-time caregiver, he can’t work. They surprised Amber with a state-of-the-art stair lift for their house, to make stairs much easier. Then, they surprised Amber and her husband with unlimited passes to Long Beach Comic-Con and full VIP treatment. Plus, a weekend getaway at Hotel Maya.

What do you think after hearing Amber’s story?


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