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Articles by BioNews Staff

31 Days of SMA: Learning About the Wonders of the World

Photo courtesy of George Wang Day 9 of 31 This is George Wang’s story: The late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking once advised us to “concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit,…

31 Days of SMA: People With SMA Can Follow Their Dreams

From left, Tonje, Morten, and baby Gulla. (Photo courtesy of Tonje Larsen) Day 6 of 31 This is Tonje Larsen’s (@rollin_with_tonye) story: Hi, my name is Tonje. I’m 23 years old and was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 2. I live in Norway, and I’m…

31 Days of SMA: On Breaking Barriers and Keeping Hope Alive

Jose and his wife, Andrea. (Photo courtesy of Jose Flores) Day 5 of 31 This is Jose Flores’s (@joseinspires) story: A barrier is any obstacle that prevents movement or access. My name is Jose Flores, and I’m a 45-year-old from Florida, a global motivator, consultant, and No. 1…

31 Days of SMA: On Becoming Miss Independence

Photo courtesy of Chessa Birrell Day 4 of 31 This is Chessa Birrell’s story: My name is Chessa Birrell. I am 26 years old and have SMA type 2. I live with my parents in Powder Springs, Georgia. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree…

31 Days of SMA: Instead of a Horse, I Got a Wheelchair

Photo courtesy of Stéphanie Houvet Day 3 of 31 This is Stéphanie Houvet’s (@stefookie) story: My name is Stéphanie and I’m from France. My father is French and my mother comes from the Czech Republic; they met on holidays. I was born in the Czech Republic with…

31 Days of SMA: Facing My Challenges in Becoming a Mom

Megan DeJarnett, left in wheelchair, with her husband, Jake, and her sons Bronx, left, and Shai. (Photo courtesy of Megan DeJarnett) Day 2 of 31 This is Megan DeJarnett’s (@megandejarnett) story: I remember being around 10 years old when I heard the doctor tell my parents that the…

31 Days of SMA: I Almost Couldn’t Help Becoming an Advocate

Photo courtesy of Ben Mattlin Day 31 of 31 This is Ben Mattlin’s (@benmattlin) story: The disability rights movement in the U.S. is known for many achievements — the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, blocking buses to demand accessible transit, the Capitol Crawl. But its crowning accomplishment to…