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The importance of newborn screening for SMA

Rory and Carolyn met in seminary, fell in love, and got married. They decided to hold off on starting their own family while they settled into their first jobs in North Dakota. After a few years, they moved to Minnesota, where Rory accepted a job as a minister, and Carolyn enrolled in a hospital chaplain residency program. At the time, they did not know how important the decision to move would be for their future family. When they moved, neither North Dakota nor Minnesota had SMA on their newborn screening panel. It wasn’t until March 2018 that Minnesota adopted and implemented newborn screening for SMA, and then several months later, in 2018, Rory and Carolyn’s only son Edan was born.

This topic has 2 replies, 2 voices, and was last updated 1 month, 4 weeks ago by Alyssa Silva.

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      Alyssa Silva

      So hard to believe I’ve officially been working here for 3 years! It would be remiss of me not to reflect on my time with the company thus far, so my latest column is about just that.

      You’ll see in the beginning how I first turned down the offer to come work for BioNews. (Still kicking myself over this— I explain why in the column.) But when I was given a second chance, I took a leap of faith and said yes. What I thought would be “just a job” turned out to be a poignant lesson intertwined in an experience that I’m fortunate enough to call my job.

      I break it all down for you here.

      Can you think of a job or an experience where you thought it’d be “just a ______” and it turned out to exceed your expectations?

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      DeAnn R

      Well said Alyssa!  Although I’m not a columnist, when I was offered the position of vlogger and forums moderator here I didn’t exactly think it was legitimate.   At first I didn’t even tell my family in case it didn’t pan out. I’m glad I took the leap of faith as well.  It’s great working with you Alyssa and having the opportunity to communicate with all our fantastic forum members is so enriching.  You guys are awesome!

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      Alyssa Silva

      Thanks DeAnn! I’m so glad BioNews has brought us together and given us the opportunity to connect with so many amazing people here. Truly thankful.

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