Saturday, February 4, 2012

I want you to know...

To all the SMA kids growing up now, here are some things that I want you to know. I want to tell you some things that have helped me to live a great life despite SMA. I’m going to give you some bullet points that I hope help you live the extraordinary life I know is waiting for you.
  • Don’t let your SMA define you. It will impact your daily life, yes, but don’t let it be all you are. You are smart, beautiful, talented, and sassy already at age two. I know that you have so much more inside of you that is just yearning to get out. Yes, you HAVE Spinal Muscular Atrophy but you don’t have to BE Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
  • Your abilities are far greater than your disabilities. You can do so much more than you cannot do. Sometimes it may seem like your limitations are greater but I know that the challenges you have and will face will make you a stronger person. You will get frustrated by your uniqueness from time to time but remember that we are all talented in different areas. You may not be able to walk but I know that you are so smart. You can teach the world so much. With a bit of imagination and some help from your family and friends, you can master just about any activity. Embrace your differences, for they are what will keep you going!
  • Never give up! Your mother and father have given you a fantastic starting point by loving you unconditionally and giving you the best chance to succeed in life, both physically and emotionally. But you know that a lot of this is up to you and your tenacity. You have so many choices to make now and in the future. You can decide, every day, whether or not to be limited by what you can’t do. If you can, be excited by the potential of each and every day. You have so much to show people, don’t give up!
Thank you for letting me be a small part of your life. I can’t wait to see all the things you have to teach us.


ever hopeful mummy said...

mj, thank you
as a mummy to a 3 year old with sma 2 this gives me a valuable insight into what she might think as she grows up with sma. i know that i can only do so much for her and that the rest is up to her. she is unique and able and loved - that you for reminding me just how wonderful she is. thank you to you for all that you are and all that you do for the sma community far and wide; you are unique and able and loved, too.

Anonymous said...

MJ, You are such an inspiration, thank you for all you do to help others!! You have really helped me! Love you!!