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For instance, his girlfriends have always had to sleep at his house, because their beds have been too difficult to navigate. Craig can only transfer from his wheelchair to another surface that's within 2 inches of the height of his chair – even his couch has to be jacked up on cinder blocks.
In addition to the bed, there's some explaining he has to do when he's first dating someone. He's quick to point out that no, he hasn't slept with all those girls who flock alongside him when he's out at night. He could have slept with them, though – at least he's physically capable of it. Though FSHD limits many things, it doesn't impact sexual function.
Another fortunate thing about his disease is that it doesn't affect the body's smooth muscles, most significantly the heart. Thus the condition itself is not fatal. The biggest risk of death is contracting pneumonia, because it's difficult for someone with FSHD to cough up fluid. The body doesn't always have the strength to cough.
But he's inevitably going to get weaker.
When Craig thinks about his future, he doesn't dwell on how he's going to deal with the inevitable: that he'll probably have to give up driving within the year; that the elbow on which he relies when he swivels himself on and off his wheelchair could blow out at any time, leaving him even more immobile; that his arms are falling out of the sockets because there's no longer any muscle holding them to his shoulder blades, which are fused to his ribs with a bone graft.
"My life is not exactly getting any easier," he says. "So I'm really trying to enjoy the time I've got now. Because eventually, I'm going to get too weak to keep on doing this."
Instead, he thinks about how he can continue to grow KissAtlanta.com and DSC, about what he still can do to make Atlanta nightlife better, and about how he might someday build a legacy that the city's club-goers will remember.
"People here always want to move away to some big, progressive culture," he says. "The fact is, that's easy. You can go and join a great scene, but it's a lot more rewarding to make your own."
There's no better evidence of that reward than at 3:30 a.m. on any given Friday, when the dance floor at DSC is full, and Preston Craig – deep in the throes of his mix and feeding off the energy of the scene he created – flexes his control.
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