The Day that Changed Everything—A Parent’s Perspective

I wanted to share Alyssa’s blog below. It took me back to the day we found out about Adriana. Prayer can bring miracles and repair your shattered world.


Twenty-three years ago this past weekend, my life (and my family’s lives) would be forever changed. On any given Saturday morning in the Silva household, my parents received the news that I had Spinal Muscular Atrophy—an unfamiliar disease to many at the time. I was given very little hope from my doctors that I would live to see my second birthday. I was expected to succumb. The prognosis was certainly grim, but miracles do happen, and I believe I’m living through one every day of my life. Because I was only six months old at the time of my diagnosis, my parents have been kind enough to share their thoughts and feelings on that day in April of 1991. Here’s what they had to say.

In my mother’s words…

There are events in your life that you recall with such clarity that it seems they happened yesterday.  You remember…

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