August is SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) Awareness month. There are a lot of technical medical terms associated with SMA that can quickly get confusing.
Here are a few things you should know about SMA and then there is an awesome visual aid that has been passed around the internet that really puts things into perspective.
*SMA is an inherited disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration/weakness.
*SMA Type 1 is the most severe kind of SMA. Teagan's sweet friend Getty has Type 1.
*SMA is the #1 genetic killer of young children. It occurs in nearly 1 out of every 6,000 births.
*1 in EVERY 40 people unknowingly carries the gene. No matter their ethnicity. Their gender. Their race.
Now, if that alone didn't shock you then let this picture sink into your brain: