At the end of clinic on Friday, I got a chance to sit down with Marcia Delbarone, who just published a book entitled "Curved Inspirations." In this book, Marcia shares her life's journey through adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with bracing, then the progression of pain and deformity in young adulthood, through scoliosis surgery in her late 40's and recovery. She is now about 4-5 years out from her scoliosis surgery with me, and has really started a new "chapter" of her life since then, with better self-image, better quality of life including being set free from her increasing pain, and the ability to be very active again, including running (and winning!) a half marathon recently.
Below is a short YouTube video of our interview we recorded this past Friday discussing her book and her journey through scoliosis. This book may prove to be a help for parents with adolescents with scoliosis understanding the potential long-term consequences of scoliosis and kyphosis, with the great importance of keeping an eye on the curves even after growth is completed. It is likely also a helpful book for adult patients with idiopathic scoliosis and/or degenerative scoliosis facing the potential decision for surgery, who need to weigh the quality of life, self-image/posture and curve progression factors in order to make a good choice for themselves.
Great job on the book Marcia!! Thanks for coming into Hey Clinic and sharing with us!
Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery