When she takes center stage, Chloe Mershimer is standing a little taller these days. Six months ago, the 15-year-old dancer and cheerleader from New Middletown had a spinal fusion to correct scoliosis or curvature of the spine. Now after making a full recovery, she’s 1 ¼ inches taller and able to fully resume the activities […]
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 […]
Kayleigh Hutcheson was known by her family and friends as the “athletic one.” Growing up, she participated in every sport she encountered, from volleyball to golf to cheer, perfecting her athletic prowess along the way. By the time she reached high school, she was focused on just one: volleyball. She was an all-around player and […]
Emily Parkinson turned her deep thoughts, wisdom and experiences since being diagnosed with scoliosis 3 years ago into a piece of art that’s an inspiration to others. The poster, entitled Scoliosis Strong, is a series of encouraging words wrapped around a picture of an S-shaped spine, representing the curve of her own backbone.
I was born in April on the same day as my great-Grandpa Brubaker. I imagine my parents had a lot of fears, uncertainties and worries about having a child born with a rare disability, but they seldom, if ever, showed this. On the contrary, my parents always urged me to do what I dreamed of doing.
Shannon Stapleton, of Mansfield, was diagnosed with scoliosis about 2 years ago when her cardiologist C.R. Patel noticed the “S” curve of her spine during an annual appointment. He referred her to Dr. Kenneth Bono, who diagnosed her with a nearly 100-degree curvature.