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A father’s perspective: Our journey to finding a treatment

When Quinn, our soon-to-be-born daughter, didn’t make as much movement in the womb as our other 3 children, my wife, Annie, and I thought we had the “chillest” baby in the world. We joked that she was saving up all her energy for when she entered this world kicking and screaming. Quinn was born in August 2018, and she was the most beautiful little girl. Over the first few months, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. In fact, she appeared healthy and had strong upper body strength. But by the time Quinn’s 9-month check-up came around in June, her physical condition started to change.

This topic has 5 replies, 3 voices, and was last updated 1 year ago by Kevin Schaefer.

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    • #18989
      Kevin Schaefer

      Happy Thursday everyone! Hope everyone is having a great week.

      Yesterday, I went in for my eighth Spinraza injection. It went well, and there were no complications. As I’ve written about in previous columns and forum posts, I do cervical injections (shots through my neck). Due to complications from my spinal fusion surgery, which I had in 2005, I’m unable to do the standard spinal tap injection. The cervical method has worked great for me, and it’s something you may want to discuss with your doctors. Know that there are alternative injection methods for those of us who are adults with SMA.

      What questions do you have for me, or about Spinraza in general?

    • #19001

      Which improvement do you feel ?

      • #19002
        Kevin Schaefer

        Hey Mehdi, thanks for commenting.

        So for me, my energy levels have improved significantly since I started Spinraza. I feel better throughout the day, and I don’t experience fatigue nearly as much as I used to. I also am able to sit up a little straighter. When I go for aquatic therapy every week, I’m able to sit unassisted on the bench that’s built into the pool. So yeah, it’s a lot of little things for me.

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        Kevin Schaefer
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      DeAnn R

      Welcome to the million dollar club! Isn’t it hard to believe you’ve had 8 doses? I’m wondering when we’ll stop counting doses and start just saying the amount of time we’ve been on it.

      • #19011
        Kevin Schaefer

        It’s crazy! And heh, I’m pretty much already at that point. The time between this injection and the previous one really flew by.

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