by Audrey Hrachian
about the author:
Peter Hrachian was a great inspiration and role model in our Duchenne community. He and his wife, Audrey, were married for 17 years. Peter passed away in August 2022 and Audrey continues to inspire our Duchenne community by sharing their love story.
I Was His Wife
Peter Hrachian was an amazing man. He faced the challenges of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy head on like many DMD Warriors.
I am honored to have had the opportunity to know him and witness perseverance. He paved the way and gave hope to younger boys with DMD.
I was his wife and caregiver for many years. We met in late 2002 and got married in 2005. I was 24 and he was 29. We were married for 17 years.
We traveled in an accessible van with special hand controls. He drove us across the country and to family events. He drove his van until it became too difficult.
The metaphorical road we traveled was very difficult but we continued as long as we were able.
He departed from Earth on August 29, 2022 at 46 from c-diff complications, not the Duchenne (of course the diagnosis didn’t help).
He was my whole life and I miss him so much.
His amazing family is helping me through it and I am grateful to have them. I am grateful for family, friends, neighbors and our cat Annie who loved to ride on Peter’s footrest.
I take comfort that he is no longer suffering and that his wheelchair is no longer needed. We can still feel him around us through the difficult moments. I know that he is helping to guide me into my next endeavor.