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    Helping Scoliosis in Africa

    Hi Fellow Scolis -

    I am two years post-operative and I am doing spectacularly. I have a blog about my recovery (and a link at the bottom of this page) and another blog about my current life - HERE. If you scroll down a couple of posts, you will see that I'm back to climbing trees at age 59. Before surgery, I was hardly able to manage minimal activities of daily living. So, that's about me.

    Since it's the holidays, I want to post about the one foundation which is helping children in Africa with Scoliosis - FOCOS. The founder is Dr. Boachie, originally from Ghana. He was the previous president of the Scoliosis Research Society. If you want to help a child get a STRAIGHT SPINE, please go HERE. I think it's a great way for us scolis to help children who have no resources.

    I am not associated with the foundation. However, I have donated and so have my family members who care about scoliosis because they are related to ME!

    Please consider it.
    Ginger Woolley

    Oct 2018, L3 - S1, Anterior & Posterior, Dr Sigurd Berven, UCSF, San Francisco
    ******
    May 2008, T4 - L3, Dr. Ohenaba Boachie, Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC
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    Sept 1967, T4 - T 11, without instrumentation, Dr Thomas Brown, Stanford

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    Hi Ginger,
    I am very glad to hear you are doing so well! You are the person who originally helped me learn about Dr. Boachie's amazing efforts for these children.........and my son and I ended up collecting & sending 15 scoli braces for one of his missions.

    http://www.box.net/shared/uv212zk9c2

    When we learn about the lack of care available in many of these developing nations, we realize how much we truly have to be thankful for.
    Thanks for the update & Happy Thanksgiving,
    Cara
    Cara, Mom to Nathan
    Diagnosed 24 deg. in July 2007, progressed to 38 deg. by August 2007
    Boston Back Brace 8/07 12/07
    VBS 12/10/07 Boston Children's Hospital
    Dr. Hresko
    40 Degrees before VBS
    11 Degrees now!! (2012)

    Nathan's VBS Video

    www.vertebralstapling.com

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    Hi Ginger,

    How nice to hear from you and I agree this is a good cause. I cannot believe you are climbing trees....well maybe I can...I remember some of your early post-op adventures that amazed me! I'm sure that I climb a tree now, but I just wouldn't! I'm a big chicken!

    Your grandchildren are absolutely adorable! Keep in touch!
    __________________________________________
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    Very nice site and great pics. I enjoyed browsing through it.

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    Hey Cara - it's inspiring to read about your son collecting braces to send to Africa. I was there in April and know first-hand how these children suffer.

    Debbei, my friends were quite nervous with me up in that tree. The truth is, I limit a FEW of my former activities but I still live a full life. Much fuller than before my surgery! Debbei, you've been a trooper on the forum!!!

    Eliza, thanks for your comments.
    Ginger Woolley

    Oct 2018, L3 - S1, Anterior & Posterior, Dr Sigurd Berven, UCSF, San Francisco
    ******
    May 2008, T4 - L3, Dr. Ohenaba Boachie, Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC
    ******
    Sept 1967, T4 - T 11, without instrumentation, Dr Thomas Brown, Stanford

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