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For some time Makayla Erickson, 13, of Poplar concealed from friends the fact that she has muscular dystrophy. She also struggled with feelings of loneliness and isolation. She has since told her friends, who have been supportive. (Steve Kuchera /

Poplar teen no longer tries to hide her muscular dystrophy

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Makayla Erickson would like to go grocery shopping with her mom, but she’s afraid of what people might think.

That’s because Makayla, 13, would need an electric scooter to get around. She’s mobile, but walking aisles and lifting items from the shelves takes a heavy toll. She was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, a condition affecting locomotion and muscle strength, four years ago.

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