STORY: NBA Announcer Chris Carrino: My Battle Against FSHD Muscular Dystrophy

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Friday, May 27, 2011 4:11 pm
Written by: Chris Carrino
One of my earliest broadcasting memories is calling the World Series in 1980. It wasn’t for any network, just my tape recorder, while watching it on the TV in my parents’ bedroom. I was 10 years old. No one ever heard it but me.In June 2002, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, I called my first NBA Finals game on WOR radio in New York. I’m fairly certain a few more people heard that broadcast.

Somewhere in between, I was diagnosed with fascio scapulo humeral dystrophy or FSHD for short, a form of muscular dystrophy.

FSHD is a thief in the night, slowly robbing you of your ability to use your arms and legs and even to smile the way you want to. I was born with it, but didn’t know it until my college years. That’s when I started to lose some of the athleticism I had always enjoyed. My running was slowed to a fast walk, shooting a basketball felt like shooting a medicine ball, and I started falling every now and then…

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