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Patient Stories

Leah Humes

I, like many others, was completed blindsided by my scoliosis diagnosis in 2012. I have always been a very active person and have competed on sports teams since the age of four. I started developing fairly severe back pain at the age of 15, but never thought too much of…...

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Lea Kundicevic

My long journey with scoliosis started seven years ago, when I was just ten years old. I was taking a yoga class when my teacher unexpectedly noticed that my back was uneven. Little did I know that this simple observation was actually the beginning of what would become a very…...

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Kelly Anderson

Twelve years ago, I didn’t even know what scoliosis was. When I was diagnosed with the condition, I thought it was impossible. But once you notice that curvature, you can’t un-see it. My eyes would go to it every time I looked in the mirror, every time someone took a…...

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Kathy Ricciardi

Kathy Ricciardi is a 20 year old patient of Alfred I. duPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington Delaware. She was diagnosed with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis when she was 10 years of age with a 22 degree spinal curvature. Despite bracing, her curve increased to 52 degrees and with significant truncal asymmetry…...

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Jarrod Padilla

When I first found out I had scoliosis, one of my biggest concerns was how much it was going to affect my day to day life. I learned a great deal about myself when I started out in my brace. I found out I am tougher than I ever could…...

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Izzy Kessler

Izzy Kessler, now 20 years old, was born with Cerebral Palsy. In 8th grade, her scoliosis became so severe that surgery was necessary. Dr. Sponseller performed Izzy’s surgery at John Hopkins in Baltimore and was able to completely straighten her spine and give her perfect posture! Izzy is an athlete,…...

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Isebel Holmes

Isabel was born prematurely at twenty-nine weeks and was later  diagnosis with Cerebral Palsy.  She has been under the care of Dr. Mark Abel since 2001.  As Isabel continued to grow, her spine curvature did too, and soon it was causing her discomfort and negatively impacting her quality of life.…...

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Helena Roberts

Diagnosed with scoliosis at age eleven, I was quite unaware of the long journey I had ahead of me. At the time, the only setback my condition presented was the necessity of wearing a back brace during sleep. I continued with my daily activities as normal and felt just as…...

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Eve Moll

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Haley Gelberg

During the same visit that I got my scoliosis diagnosis, I also learned I needed surgery. It was shocking, scary, and confusing, but my favorite quote which got me through not only my scoliosis experience but changing schools, applying to college, and fighting for the starting goalie position was: “You’re…...

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