October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month, which was created to bring public attention to the condition, how it affects those living with it (as well as their families), possible causes, potential treatments, and resources for support and education.
- Difficulty walking or total inability to walk
- Little to no feeling in extremities/limbs, particularly legs and feet
- Bladder and bowel issues, particularly retention or incontinence
Celebrating Those Who Live With Spina Bifida
Finally, at the age of six, she was adopted and moved to Maryland with her new family. Her adoptive parents encouraged her to get into sports and more physical activity to stay healthy, and she said this is what changed her life.
Today, with hard work, determination, and a positive outlook, Tatyana has become the fastest wheelchair racer of all time, and she has earned seven gold medals. In addition to that, she has won all four major marathons for wheelchair racing -- the Boston, Chicago, London, and New York marathons. No racer has ever achieved this before. She has even met the President and First Lady of the United States.
Tatyana has proven that it is possible to achieve amazing things, despite the odds, and one can live a healthy, accomplished life with Spina Bifida. Her story can bring awareness about this condition as well as hope to others who live with this condition.
Learn more about Spina Bifida and October as SB Awareness Month by visiting the Spina Bifida Association website.