HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Bucksport resident still doing well

Posted Jan. 12, 2013, at 11:50 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 3:02 p.m. to 3:02 p.m.

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There are many chronic illnesses around the world, most of them well known in our nation, but a nearby man who happens to have a severe disability, never really complains about it.

Corey Atwood is a 24 year old man and he lives with his parents in Bucksport, Maine. Corey was last reported five years ago, when the 2008 recession came crashing into America.

Corey suffers from duchenne muscular dystrophy, a hereditary illness that effects all the muscles in his body, including his heart and lungs. It is estimated that 1 out of 3600 children end up with this disease, a majority of them dying before age 30.

In the spring of 2006, Corey nearly died after suffering from malnutrition related to his condition. He weighed an emaciated 70 pounds, and was lingering to death. Then 17, he decided to fight for his life, by having a gastric feeding tube inserted through his abdomen, and into his stomach.

Corey was again seen in 2008, when the Jason Program was doing poorly financially, and was concerned about not receiving the necessary care that he needed.

Luckily, the Jason Program went back on their feet after doing better. Corey is alive and well. He turned 24 in December, and uses an external ventilator to help him breathe better, and keep him alive.

Corey has parents Mark and Kiki Atwod, two older brothers, Josh and Jerrid, three nephews, Jerrid age 8, Corey age 6, Josh age 4, and a niece Isabel age 2.

Corey continues to take pride with the video game controller. His favorite video game is Halo 4. He still enjoys occasional trips to Long Island, and hangs out with his friends whenever he can.

Even today, Corey’s attitude remains positive and vibrant.

“I just love life”, said Corey. “I’m happy to be alive, and I don’t dwell on the negative, I only focus on the positive”.

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