Patient Stories

Lena Chesnut

Lena was diagnosed with Idiopathic Scoliosis at age seven. In 2010, Lena’s curve had progressed to a 52 degree curve, and she needed urgent surgical intervention. On her fourteenth birthday, Lena was released from Rady’s Children’s Hospital. Her surgery was a complete success and she even appeared in our Scoliosis Handbook.

Lena readily recalls how kind all of her nurses were, and she was very impressed with the level of care they provided to her during her stay at the hospital. Her mom, Theresa, took a week off of work to stay with her in the hospital every day and night. Although the time surrounding Lena’s surgery was very stressful for Lena and her friends and family, everyone in her life fully supported her during her surgery and the recovery process.

Spinal fusion surgery positively changed Lena’s life in many ways. Lena knows how important it was to have so many supportive people in her life during such a difficult time. Although she is a seventeen-year-old senior at Poway High School, who is active in track and is still busy figuring out teenage life, Lena has already begun looking for ways to give back to others. She currently volunteers once a week at Setting Scoliosis Straight. Lena is also planning to become a pediatric nurse so she can work with children, assisting with their health and providing them comfort in their time of need.

Setting Scoliosis Straight is very grateful to Lena and all she has given us, and we look forward to all she will do in the future. We are confident that, whatever it is, it will be great!


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