( CNN) Daniel Gilbert uses plastic straws to drink his coffee in the morning. For much of his life, the 25 -year-old has carried them with him everywhere. He’s had to, because all plastic straws aren’t the same.
The Owensboro, Kentucky, resident was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that causes the muscles to progressively deteriorate. As his muscles weakened, it became harder for him to pick up something like a cup, so Gilbert began carrying straw when he reached his twenties.
One night, he left his straws at home while he was at a bar with his friends. Typically, he use bendable ones to stance the straw closer to his mouth. But all the bar had was plastic stirrers.
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