Madeline Lenard

I was living in Okinawa, Japan when I was diagnosis with scoliosis in the 5th grade. I wasn’t really concerned about what the future might hold regarding this diagnosis. It all seemed pretty low key. I had a few x-rays of my spine and saw a specialist who told us…...

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Jody Touchton

At the age of 13, a routine school screening detected an irregular curvature in Jody’s spine.  Unfortunately, a follow-up to this screening wasn’t preformed until two years later, after she had noticed her shoulders and hips were crooked in a mirror. An x-ray and orthopedic evaluation confirmed she had Idiopathic…...

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Andrea Herrera

In the Fall of 2013, I was admitted at Miami Children’s Hospital for a series of ongoing medical problems. When undressing, my mother noticed my back looked crooked. When she shared her concern, the nurse had told her “let’s focus on one problem at a time.”  After I recovered I…...

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Elena Valle

My name is Elena Valle, and I am sixteen years old. I was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis when I was 12 years old by my primary care pediatrician. X-Rays showed a curve of about 18 degrees, and about every six months I came back to see how the curve…...

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Katie Fitzpatrick

When I was 11, my school nurse gave me my annual checkup, in 6th grade they are also required to check for scoliosis.  A few days later I was called into her office and she had me bend forward to look at my back again.  I left her office with…...

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