This Man with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Has a Simple Way of Surviving Even Life’s Biggest Challenges

Shane Burcaw was born with a debilitating disease called spinal muscular atrophy which causes his muscles to degenerate. He’s been in a wheelchair since he was three years old, and the disease will eventually kill him.

Given the tough situation Shane has been born into, it would be easy to understand why he might be bitter or sad.

But that’s not the case at all.

It all started with a blog in 2011. Laughing At My Nightmare began as a personal project for Shane, a place where he could write about some of the funny stories that had happened to him. Through a positive outlook and a healthy sense of humor, Shane found that he could live a full and meaningful life with his disease.

The About section states the following:

We believe in a few basic truths about life that guide us in the work we do:

  • Everyone has problems.
  • No matter what those problems are, laughing, enjoying life, and being positive can help you deal with those problems.
  • The expiration date on food labels is more of a casual suggestion than a strict rule.

Our goal is to get out into the world to show people how laughter and humor can improve their lives.

The blog exploded in popularity, and Shane realized just how many people need humor in their lives to face life’s challenges.

Shane is the President of his own nonprofit, Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc. In addition to raising money for muscular dystrophy research, the organization aims to promote a message of positivity. Shane’s video, Happiness is Always An Option chronicling the creation and growth of Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc. won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award.

Learn more about Shane and how his story has touched thousands of peoples’ lives by visiting his blog.

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