A woman who claims she is a 'real life living doll' with an incurable condition has said cosplay saved her life.
Amber Guzman, 32, from Long Beach, California, has muscular dystrophy, a disease which causes muscles to deteriorate over time.
She identifies as a 'living doll' because her condition has left her so weak, she cannot walk long distances and often needs to be carried around.
Her passion: Amber Guzman, 32, from Long Beach, California, has muscular dystrophy. She says cosplay has helped 'save her life' following her diagnosis
Making it work: The incurable disease has left Amber in a wheelchair. But she makes it work by designing costumes around the chair
Inspired: I appreciate cosplay because it occupies my mind from thinking about the negative,' she said
'After I hit puberty, my muscles were just depleting and going down,' she said. 'It's an illness that kills off your muscles and makes it hard for you to rebuild your muscles.'
In 2012, Amber was first diagnosed with the disease. But she noticed problems walking starting at the age of 15.
Struggle: In 2012, Amber was first diagnosed with the disease. But she noticed problems walking starting at the age of 15
Amber admits after her diagnosis the condition barely inhibited her. After the muscular dystrophy developed, she suddenly found daily activities were becoming more difficult.
'When I was first diagnosed, I was barely struggling,' she said. 'I was still walking but I was struggling to get upstairs on my own. I struggled to pick up my tools for cosplay or even just doing my makeup.
'I had to keep my hands up for so long that became tiring.'
Amber took solace in her cosplay, using it to distract herself from her rapidly developing condition.
This passion of hers quickly became a creative outlet for the woman, and she says it saved her life.
'Year after year I would lose like another ability and slowly lose something else. I needed help to get off of the toilet, into the shower, into the bed,' she said.
Love: Amber's husband, Martin, supports her on her love for