In people with SMA, the motor neurones deteriorate, causing the link between the brain and muscles to break down gradually.As the link between the brain, spinal cord and muscles breaks down, the muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, sitting up and moving the head are used less and less and become weaker or shrink (atrophy).He has also recently been on a speaking tour educating the masses, as well as appearing on Katie Couric’s talk show. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and a progressive loss of movement.There is no cure, but therapy and support are available to help manage the condition.
can anyone who has a little one with this condition as i want to be there for her Hi Val Thankyou for your post.I just finished my first year of college; I am study journalism and psychology at a local liberal arts college.Living life from the seat of my powered wheelchair has allowed me to develop a pretty unique perspective on life, one that I hope to share with all of you via my website, I hope at the very least that someone out there enjoys what I have to say. Since starting the Laughing at my Nightmare website two years ago, Shane Burcaw has done so much to raise awareness about his condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy.I can promise you this much; it will be real, it will be blunt, it will be sad, it will be funny, and it will be an adventure! Last month he put together and participated in the 2013 Bethlehem Laughing at My Nightmare 5k Run, Walk and Roll and 1 Mile Fun Run, proving you don’t have to have a pair of working legs to take part in a marathon.I hope this is helpful for you - please do bear in mind your friend may not be fully aware of how the condition may impact on her child..it is alot to take in and must be very difficult for her to come to terms with all this.