Dare to Be Remarkable: Alyssa’s Journey with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Being diagnosed with a devastating disease like spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) can seem unbearable. For some, the diagnosis strengthens their determination to work even harder toward accomplishing goals.

What is SMA? Here’s an introduction to this disease.

When she was only five months old, Alyssa Silva was diagnosed with the genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy. At that time, her life expectancy was so short that doctors told her parents she wouldn’t live past 2 years old. When this video was shared on social media in 2013, Alyssa was a 22-year-old college graduate dedicated to raising awareness about SMA and inspiring others to overcome life’s obstacles.

Watch this young girl remarkable story in this video shared by HooplaHa – Only Good News and learn more about SMA and how Alyssa, now 25, lives her life goals to the fullest. “I have SMA. SMA doesn’t have me.”

Learn more about spinal muscular atrophy here.

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