Lisa and Amy Howe are 19-year-old twins who live in Auckland, New Zealand. But while they may look alike and share many of the same characteristics, there is one main difference between the two. At the age of 14, Lisa was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy which affects her facial muscles and upper body, whereas Amy does not have the condition.
Lisa speaks to the Daily Mail Australia about her condition and her concerns for the future. Currently, Lisa is not experiencing too many symptoms of the disease, although she finds it difficult to close her eyes and smile, lift heavy objects and walk for too long.
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy relates to the face, shoulders and upper arms. Symptoms of FSHD MD such as difficulty in opening and closing the eyes and smiling; difficulties talking, swallowing, breathing and hearing, usually appear in teenagers but may appear later in life (up to the age of 40).
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