When I was seven years old, I thought a trip to the pediatrician was just another boring check-up. But little did I know that this routine visit would change my life forever.
During my scoliosis screening exam, my pediatrician noticed something unusual – my back wasn’t straight. As it turned out, I had scoliosis, a condition where the spine curves to one side. I was scared and confused, and I had no idea what this meant for my future.
But thanks to the amazing care of Dr. Peter Gabos and his team at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Delaware, I was able to overcome my fears and navigate through this tough journey with strength and resilience. From the kind-hearted staff to the talented ortho team, everyone made me feel safe and cared for during my treatment.
For seven long years, I wore a back brace for 21 hours per day. It was tough; it hurt and I worried I was going to miss out on so much, but I didn’t. I was still able to go to school, go on vacations, and hang out with my friends and family. When I was 14, I finally underwent spinal fusion surgery and came out stronger.
My recovery wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. Just nine months post-op, I hit my first career home run in softball. The surgery didn’t define me, it made me stronger and more determined to succeed.
Now, I’m getting ready to select a college for my senior year, and I know that I want to pursue a career in the medical field. My experience with scoliosis and the incredible care I received at Nemours inspired me to help others who are going through a similar journey.
So, if you’re wearing a brace, don’t give up. I know it’s tough, but it’s the most important thing you can do to avoid surgery. If you’re facing spinal fusion surgery, have confidence and be prepared to work hard. It’s a long road to recovery, but you can bounce back and achieve great things.
Remember, your journey with scoliosis doesn’t define you. It’s just a part of who you are, and it’s possible to overcome it with strength and resilience.