Anyway, I've used (and will continue to use) some of the stories that people have sent in my posts, but sometimes the interesting pictures that are sent are just that - interesting pictures with interesting stories. So I thought I would share some of them. All of the people who have sent these have given me permission to use them, so for all the American folks out there, HIPAA can go fuck itself.
Maddie is a very brave 16 year old girl who has had scoliosis since she was 8. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, and it can be crippling. She tried a brace at first, but after three years that was ineffective and she had her first corrective surgery to fuse her spine when she was 14. Her second was when she was 15. After a few weeks at home, she started going back to school full time. What impressed me the most about Maddie is that this brave girl didn't let her chronic pain stop her from playing lacrosse and softball and riding her horse. How is it that children often endure serious medical problems better than adults?
Anyway, here is Maddie. Before her surgery is above, after is below. Good for you, Maddie.
So that's the end of Part 1. I'll be happy to make Part II when I have more pictures. HINT HINT