For Hanna Hawkins, scoliosis was just another bump in the road. After receiving spinal fusion in January, Hanna finished 6th grade this month and says her quality of life has immensely improved. To her parents, Hanna is their scoliosis warrior.
“We never allowed her to look at scoliosis as something that would stop her from doing anything she wanted,” said Hanna’s mom, Casey.
“He let us know this could be fixed, and walked us through every detail, every step of the way,” Casey said, “He answered all the questions and concerns we had without hesitation.”
This is Hanna’s x-ray pre-surgery, taken on her 12th birthday in September 2017 when she was first diagnosed. The curvature was 55-degrees in the lumbar area and 66-degrees in the thoracic area. The scoliosis was first recognized as a checkup in August 2017, when Hanna’s pediatrician immediately referred her to Akron Children’s.
“It was very scary thinking of how my back would be cut open and rods put into my back,” Hanna said, “But now that it’s over my quality of life has already improved. I no longer worry about what I look like with my shoulders being uneven and the hump on my back.”
The morning after surgery, Hanna was already up and walking down the halls with her dad and physical therapist. “Hanna wants to do everything for herself and is always on the move,” said her mom, “She didn’t complain during recovery and worked hard through every step.”
“Throughout this journey, all of Hanna’s siblings have been very supportive.” Casey said, “They missed having her home while she was in the hospital.”
Hanna’s parents, Casey and Steven, bought her this “Bent, but never broken” T-shirt to remind her she is their scoliosis warrior.
“We never allowed her to look at scoliosis as something that would stop her from doing anything she wanted,” Casey said, “It was just a bump in the road.”