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Caitlyn turned 18 this past February and graduates from High School in the spring of 2011. Caitlyn has been followed at BC Children's Hospital for Progressive Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis since 2005. Caitlyn joined the HSG spine research in September of 2008 as she prepared for surgical intervention. By the time of operation, her scoliosis had progressed to an 80 degree curve. Her operation included posterior segmental spinal instrumentation fusion from vertebrae T2 to L2. Following her operation, Caitlyn returned to regular activities including playing lacrosse and hockey. Caitlyn is happy to participate in research and share her story to help other children with scoliosis.

"When I was ten years old I was diagnosed with scoliosis. Right away I was put into a full back brace; it went over my shoulders and everything. I was supposed to wear my brace for 23 hours a day but I played sports for longer than my one hour free from the brace. My curve was at 28 degrees when I first started wearing a brace and at my surgery it was well into the 80's. I wore it full time for 4 years; at that time they told me I only had to wear it at night. When I first got my brace it was possible that it would prevent the curve from getting worse and I wouldn't need to have surgery. 50 degrees is the biggest the curve can be without surgery, mine was over 50 in the first few years of even wearing a brace.

On September 29th, 2009 I had my surgery. I only missed two weeks of school and a whole hockey season. I was back playing the violent sport lacrosse in the spring time; I don't think many people who had the same surgery as me can say they played lacrosse just over 6 months after their surgery. I didn't want to risk snowboarding in the winter after my surgery but I have gone up the last two seasons and it has been great. I started playing hockey again a few weeks prior to playing lacrosse. Although I only played that season of lacrosse, I still play hockey and I plan on playing for a while."