Personal Narrative: Crocked Back Disease

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Crocked Back Disease A fifty-degree curve they told me was what I was dealing with, a curve that soon would become a part of me for the rest of my life. At the age of thirteen I was diagnosed with Scoliosis, an abnormal curve of the spine, most are either S or C shaped. I have a spine that is shaped just like a snake. Digesting all the news, I was given two choices back surgery or a back brace. Hearing the word surgery I steered clear of the choice and headed straight to a back brace. Knowing what I know now I would have never chosen the brace. Back surgery would be my one and only choice if I could do it again. Why not a back brace? Why not the simply attractive body cast that they promised me to stop my spine from curving? The doctors that told…show more content…
Receiving the news that the brace was not stopping my spine from curving, we were left with only one option, surgery. Just the word surgery is scary its self-but to think that I was going to be laid on a table with them working on my spine was frightful in its own category, but it was something that needed to be done. This operation was one of the major surgery’s kids at the age thirteen go through, it was about eight hours longs with new hardware being placed in me within those hours. I came out with two rods and fourteen screws in my back. The steps to correcting my hellish curve were just a few in the matter of the long hours I laid open on the table. First they make the incision on my back, ripping the muscles off my spine they gently accessed the bone elements in the spine. Secondly they place the rods on each side of my back and infuse the screws through my vertebrae’s trying to help reduced my curve. Lastly they fuse bone to the spine to hold all the metal together. As overwhelming as it all seems I had never felt better. The recovery time took about six months, but another plus was that I grew about three inches from the
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