One of the most common questions spinal fusion patients are asked is how their surgery has changed or affected their lives. In 2007, Amanda had her scoliosis corrective surgery at the age of thirteen. Amanda’s spinal fusion left her with two twenty inch rods and eighteen screws in her back. Though her surgery was extensive, and her recovery was difficult, Amanda used this time to learn more about herself. It was during her recovery that Amanda discovered her love of baking. As Amanda said, “Baking helped me to ease my mind from the pain and focus on the positive.”
Amanda’s newfound passion for baking not only helped her make it through her recovery, it also shaped the entire trajectory of her life. Currently, Amanda is attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, and she has also helped spawn a very successful family business called Kupcakes & Co.
In case you were wondering how Amanda’s physical recovery following her spinal surgery has progressed, now would be a great time to let you know that Amanda plays competitive club volleyball, she water skis, and she snowboards. Since her surgery, Amanda has also completed three half marathons and three triathlons. In other words, Amanda is doing great!
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