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Transparency with Diana B.: Life in a Wheelchair

Many children with disabilities have a difficult time. But advisor Jonathan Greeson, who has spinal muscular atrophy, says he struggled more as an adult, when you’re expected to function more independently.


Shortly after Jonathan Greeson's parents noticed his struggle to crawl as a baby, he was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease affecting the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and voluntary muscle movement. He has been in a wheelchair ever since and now aspires to become financially independent, no longer having to navigate the bureaucratic systems, like Medicaid, that present numerous hurdles for people with disabilities.

Jonathan Greeson

Jonathan Greeson

In this episode of Transparency with Diana B., Diana Britton, managing editor of, talks to Greeson, founder of Jonathan Greeson Financial Planning in Pikeville, N.C., about how SMA has impacted his life.

Jonathan discusses the cost of living with a disability like SMA, what it was like to become a financial advisor and what drives his sense of purpose today.


Greeson with his dog, Sam.



Greeson and Mickey Mouse. "Walt Disney is one of my heroes," he said.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Jonathan’s childhood experience compares with adulthood;
  • About his experience in a coma and a vision he had;
  • What expenses are involved in having a disability like SMA;
  • What challenges Jonathan experienced when he first became a financial advisor;
  • How using a wheelchair has shaped who he is today;
  • How his faith has helped him find healing and realize he’s meant for a greater purpose;
  • And more.

Tune in now to hear about Jonathan’s experiences living with SMA.

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at [email protected].

The Transparency with Diana B. podcast is available on Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found. 


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