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Looking Much Younger Than Age?

Looking Much Younger Than Age?

So, this is a bit of a funny question, but I noticed on an SMA news forum a common complaint was the fact that many individuals with SMA said they looked much younger than their age and presumably treated like a child despite being an adult. I felt like this most of my life and only now that I am...well...old...have I only begun to view this as a positive and not a negative. Frankly, I never really connected my SMA with looking younger but now am wondering how common is this? Is it more a… read more

posted October 20
A mySMAteam Member

I’ve always been told that I look younger than I am. I thought it was hereditary since my sisters that do not have SMA look younger than their ages. I always joke and say I might look younger but I feel like I’m 90 because of SMA

posted October 24
A mySMAteam Member

Growing up, I was always a bit on the heavy side and, at times, overweight, but I can't tell you how many times people would put the word "little" in front of my name or kids would say mommy look at the little man and I would be like little? I could eat you, LOL

posted 4 days ago
A mySMAteam Member

I've always had this problem, and I don't think it has to do with looks. I think it's unconscious bias. I don't know how often I'm treated like I have a mental disability, which seems to have worsened over the years. I don't know how often I would suggest something at work or a recommendation that would be ignored; then, I would see someone else bring up the same idea or suggestion and treat it like it's an ingenious idea. It's happened way too many times.

posted 4 days ago
A mySMAteam Member

That's funny that you should mention looking younger than our age. Throughout my life I've had people say I looked younger than I was. I just thought they were being polite.

posted November 15
A mySMAteam Member

Actually outfit is affecting this a lot. I have been treated differently for different kinds of outfits. Anyways, I feel old since my muscles are hardly moving. Idc if I look 18 when feeling like 70 years old 😪

posted October 21

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