Our Members - Their Stories

MDANZ members share their personal stories of living with a Muscular Dystrophy condition. 

The road to recovery - Michelle's road trip

06 January 2021
Melanie Louden
The road to recovery - Michelle's road trip

Dr Michelle Smith didn't let Covid-19 get in the way of her holiday plans. Michelle and her husband Blair switched the Mediterranean for the South Island and learnt that there are plenty of accessible options open to travellers in New Zealand who are willing to ask the right questions.


Lighting up the world

18 December 2020
Melanie Louden
Lighting up the world

The magic of Christmas from Aaron’s computer: Aaron Collins has been bringing joy to his Palmerston North community for the past 15 years with huge synchronised Christmas light and music displays outside his home. And he’s not letting the pandemic stop him from doing the same thing this year.


Invisible disabilities require constant justification

18 December 2020
Melanie Louden
Invisible disabilities require constant justification

December 3 is International Day of People with Disabilities. This year’s theme is "Not All Disabilities Are Visible". MDANZ member and Fieldworker Talitha Vial shares her story of living with a disease that is not always visible.