Nancy was not aware of her scoliosis condition until eight years ago – a year before undergoing spinal surgery.
From childhood through adulthood she was only aware there was a physical problem, but per societal norms, it was not discussed with her at the time by her parents or her doctors.
Growing up she felt the stigma of being excluded from group activities in school as well as the physical pain that can come with spinal deformities. While untreated, Nancy’s greatest pain came in child bearing and rearing years. At the time, she found it difficult to complete a day chasing after her two-year-old without experiencing incapacitating discomfort. It was not until 35 years later that she finally found some relief, by having surgery. Nancy now walks straighter without complications and has not experienced any back pain since her surgery at 67 years old.
Nancy hopes her story helps other mature individuals, who have lived in a generation or situation as she did, to never give up on resolving their scoliosis pain.
This retired schoolteacher loves to travel and continue to learn about history, people, and the environment. She finds joy in exchanging stories with new people, appreciating art, painting, gardening and walking – something that has become a reality for her now.
Nancy feels forever grateful to the honest physician who was upfront with her about the diagnosis for a person of her age as well as his extreme kindness, dedication, and surgical skills. She feels blessed.