Born This Way
Hello, I'm jazmin (@ jazzyjaz98). I recently started an Instagram account of my personal experiences that I have been through. I don't post the bad experiences, but mostly my amazing accomplishments! What's wrong with me? Absolutely nothing! I was simply born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy also known as SMA. I didn't walk until the age of 4, and I thought I had a pretty normal childhood. I really didn't notice I was "different" until kids started making fun of the way I walked or told me that I looked weird. My illness progressed over the years, and I was diagnosed with Scoliosis. This made it difficult for me to breathe. I had a spinal fusion at the age of 12, which was good but permanently prevented me from walking. I can still stand, but I need assistance. I have been hospitalized many times. I had pneumonia twice, Iost hair, and dealt with depression because I hated everything that was happening to me.
Coping with Spinal Muscular Atrophy & Scoliosis
I joined pageants back in 2014, which made me feel highly motivated about modeling. I ended up being among the Top Ten finalists. I also won the title of Miss Congeniality. I was accepted into many photo shoots and beauty seminars- it was such a beautiful experience!
I had a scary episode when I came home from school one day where I passed out and woke up in an ambulance. I was hospitalized for 6 days. They released me on the day of my birthday.
Thank goodness my story impacted my school in the past! When I was nominated for a Tempe Youth Courage award, a news reporter found inspiration in my story. The day of the award ceremony was featured on the news.
If anyone wants to see it, I'll put the link in my Instagram bio. 😊 As of now, I currently am a student in college. Hopefully, I will get more inspiration to continue doing what I love, and reach out to those with the same illness as me so they know that they are never bound to overcoming the possibility. You should just trespass those limitations ☺️