Hawken Miller, features writer —

Hawken graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2019. Before joining BioNews, he wrote for the Washington Post’s video game and esports section, Launcher, where he still contributes as a freelancer. Hawken is also a columnist for BioNews, focusing on his experience with Duchenne muscular dystrophy for Muscular Dystrophy News Today. His work has appeared in Dot Esports, The Orange County Register, KTLA 5, and The Sacramento Bee. He won a Webby for virtual reality journalism at USC.

Articles by Hawken Miller

How I Overcome Constant Worry About Life With Duchenne

Having Duchenne muscular dystrophy gives me plenty of things to worry about, like scheduling doctors’ appointments on time, not knowing when I might lose my ability to do certain actions, and using the bathroom when out with friends, because I know I’ll need help but will be too embarrassed…

Father-daughter Duo Double Up to Find FSHD, Rare Disease Cures

When his daughter, Meredith Huml, was diagnosed — finally — with facioscapulohumeral (FSHD) muscular dystrophy in 2004, Raymond Huml immediately jumped into action, researching everything he could about the disease and reaching out to the FSHD Society. “We went to the FSHD Society and looked up what they…

Because of Duchenne, I’m Working Smarter, not Harder

Millions of people around the country have quit their jobs in search of more fulfilling work, better hours, and work-from-home options in what the media is calling the “Great Resignation.” Some of them, I’m sure, are realizing that they don’t need to work a full 40 hours to accomplish…

Learning When to Say Yes and When to Say No

Learning when to say yes and when to say no has been especially important for me as I live with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). It’s a balance between trying to rise up in my career by accepting story assignments, and saying no to events, friends, and more assignments so that…

Why I Don’t View Myself as Disabled

We form our identity from the world around us. That includes factors like our relationships with parents, siblings, and friends, what we look like, our sexual orientation, and our religious beliefs, among others. For me, one unspoken taboo is my disability. I use a wheelchair because I can barely walk,…

When You Live With Duchenne, Healthy Choices Are Vital

Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action on an object there is an equal and opposite reaction. In 1686, his law was groundbreaking, but in 2021, we take its simplicity for granted. There is a consequence for every action taken. When a bullet discharges…