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Patient Stories

Gabriella Gimber

On May 17th, 2010, when I was fourteen years old, I underwent a spinal fusion. My spinal fusion was performed by Dr. Peter Newton at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California. At the time of my surgery, I had a sixty degree right thoracic curve that was only going…...

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Emm Arruda

Emm Arruda’s exciting new partnership with Setting Scoliosis Straight comes at the peak of June Scoliosis Awareness month and on the heels of being named Sephora Fresh Face of the Year by Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA)! Emm is doing more than spreading global awareness about scoliosis–a cause that…...

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Emily Bloomfield

In 2010, I was thirteen years old and in the eighth grade. My life was going smoothly until I played a field hockey game one day after school. During the game, I twisted my knee, and as a result, I had to see an orthopedist. Surprisingly, the doctor was unable…...

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Elizabeth Conklin

Looking back now, I think I had the ultimate scoliosis experience, but when I was first diagnosed with scoliosis, during the summer before sixth grade, I had no idea what would be in store for me over the next eight years. I wore a brace sixteen hours a day for…...

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Deanne Vitiello

My journey started in 2007 at my very first appointment at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children with Dr. Peter Gabos. I was thirteen years old and was told I had scoliosis. I could not even say that word out loud; it just felt weird. But, looking back, I had no…...

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Courtney Rone

Courtney Rone has a scar. From the middle of her shoulder blades straight down to her lower back is a faint white line and daily reminder of what she’s overcome to keep doing what she loves. At the age of 12, Courtney was diagnosed with scoliosis. “When I first learned…...

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Courtney Burns

Courtney Burns has always excelled academically. To say she is intelligent would be an understatement, but even she wasn’t able to know that scoliosis would change her life forever. After meeting Dr. Samdani, Courtney decided right then she wanted to be a doctor. Today, Courtney’s past the point of being…...

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Caleigh Stednitz

Curvilinea I was ten years old when I received my brace.  I wore it for twenty hours a day with the amount of time gradually decreasing until—two years, two months, and two days later—I no longer was required to wear it.  My time in my brace was incredibly difficult; I…...

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Anna O’Connor

Surgery Can Change Your Life When I was eight years old I was diagnosed with scoliosis which led to an orthopedic appointment at A.I DuPont Hospital. My scoliosis meant I had to wear a brace. I wore the brace at night, and sometimes when I came home from school. Not…...

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Andrea

My name is Andrea, and I am  44 years old.  I am a professional singer and voice teacher who was diagnosed with Scheuermann’s Kyphosis when I was thirteen years old.  I was already doing lots of performing at this age.  I had been criticized in auditions and told that I…...

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