Valerie's Journey

"My first hand account of the journey that I have endured with my scoliatic spine since I was 12 years old. This is an adventure that I've only recently begun to acknowledge that I will be traveling until the day I die."

Valerie had a 3-stage revision in 2010 with most of old Harrington Rod hardware replaced with titanium followed by multiple surgeries after.  She has been through an incredibly trying journey since her early spinal fusion for scoliosis, but is excited to connect with other scolis post fusion.  Read more at her personal blog HERE. 

Holly's Journey

Holly underwent a spine fusion surgery for scoliosis at the age of 39, as a wife and mother of two young children. She is returning to surgery June 2015 for a repair to her lower rod that came "unscrewed." Hopes are high that the fusion is well formed and the rod can just be removed instead of re-fused. Holly's Journey can be viewed on her Facebook page HERE.

Ashlyn's Journey

In 2009, at the age of 12, I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis.  After consulting with several doctors, it was decided the only effective course of treatment would be surgery.  So, in December of that year, I underwent a 10 ½ hour surgery to remove a rib, fuse my spinal discs from T-3 to L-4, and have two titanium rods and 28 screws inserted into my spine.  It was a frightening experience, and I was unsure of what kind of life I would have after surgery. 

Would I be normal, and most importantly, would I be able to dance again? 

I had been a dancer my whole life, with dreams of someday representing my school on the varsity dance team.  I was determined not to let my limitation stop me, and after a lot of hard work, I returned to dance only 3 months after surgery.  I recently completed my senior year on varsity, and over the past three years, I have contributed to two State championships, two Regional grand championships, and I was named to the Oklahoma State Dance Team Directors’ Association Eastern Regional Team. I was also named Senior of the Year by my teammates.  It wasn’t always easy.  Imagine trying to dance with two rods and 28 screws in your spine!  I had to work a lot harder than my teammates to achieve the same level of ability, and there have been plenty of frustrations and disappointments along the way. 

But, I’ve been determined to never give up, and to be an example to others that limitations don’t have to get in the way of your dreams.

Ashlyn's surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Hostin at Baylor Southwest Scoliosis Institute Plano, Texas