Keyrin is a 17-year-old high school student from Los Angeles, California, who lives with Type 2 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Her aspirations include going to the University of California, Berkeley and becoming a scientific journalist. She spends the majority of her free time with her Academic Decathlon team, whether it’s studying for the state competition or catching a flick at the movie theater by her school.
One of the many things that every adolescent must go through at one point in their lives is the transition from childhood to adulthood. For most, this entails saying goodbye to their parents and cautiously entering the “real world” that our parents have consistently warned us about throughout our lives. For someone with a disability like SMA, however, things can get a bit more challenging.
Sometimes we tend to limit ourselves in life out of fear. This can be especially true with the SMA community, where we often depend on others for menial tasks throughout the day. There’s a familiar feeling that we face, the feeling of dependency on others that we can’t seem to possibly ignore, and as a result, there are times that opportunities that once seemed so wonderful ended up becoming “unrealistic.”