Once thought to be primarily a childhood disease, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) can be diagnosed in adolescents, young adults and even those beyond 18 years of age.1


“I wish I had pushed harder”

A caregiver of a young adult living with SMA and his family’s journey.

“If I would have known the disease, I would have done differently one thing:
get back to the doctor, get back to the doctor like every five minutes!
Because there was something wrong, for sure. … see a specialist, don’t wait…”

by Michel


“I’m Normal. Just Different”

A young adult living with SMA, who was diagnosed as an adolescent and his perspective on life with SMA.

“My advice for teenagers with SMA or that they think they have SMA is to speak about it. [...] I could not say to dad – hey dad can we go to the doctor, I think there’s something wrong.

“Talk about it, because you live with it, it’s your body. If you are a kid and you question yourself - am I crazy or I can’t do it. Look it up, google, type in “I can’t lift my arm with a 10 pound weight” and a bunch of results are gonna pop up. Take those proofs, go to dad or mum and say let’s go to the doctor!”

by Samuel


Without intervention, people living with Type II/III SMA will see progression of their disease over time, so it’s important to help stabilise and help maintain motor function as early as possible.2

For people living with SMA, care practices have evolved with time and are seeking to improve.3

Talk to your doctor today to discuss options for managing SMA.

A lot has changed in the quality of care offered to people living with SMA. Ongoing research is providing an ever-increasing understanding of the science behind SMA and care options.3-5

The information provided on TISMA is not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare professional. Speak to your healthcare professional for further information on SMA and care options


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The characters shown are real patients and the required consent to use their stories has been obtained from the patients and families. Photographs are for illustrative purposes only.