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I’m a student from Wayne, NE and you inspire me. I want to be an author when I graduate. I never thought someone from a small town could make it big, but you did. You got a book published. I hope someday I can follow in your footsteps and became a famous author. Thank you for proving that my dreams are possible.
Abby, your message has warmed my heart and made my day. Remember, you can do anything–no matter where you’re from–you just have to keep at it!
I am 16 and on June 6, 2018 I got my scoliosis correction surgery. I heard about your book from my school nurse and finished it in less than a week. I loved it so much. I feel like scoliosis is a topic that not many people know about let alone that would write a story about, but this book was amazing. I felt so connected to it and I could just relate to everything in it. My 11 year old sister is also wearing a brace right now for scoliosis. It’s been a struggle for her but I think she’s finally starting to get used to it. Anyway I just wanted to thank you for writing a novel on this topic and for making me and my sister not feel so alone.
Paige, thank you for your lovely comments! My sister and I felt alone when we got our braces too. One reason I wanted to write this book was to provide a story about scoliosis for young readers because I couldn’t find anything when I was going through it. I am so grateful to you for reading and for sharing your thoughts and your story! I had surgery when I was 21, so quite a bit older than you, but it made a major difference in my life. Best wishes to you and your sister–it gets better, believe me!
I just finished your novel, and I wish my daughter would have read it, but she’s not much of a reader, so I just told her about it. She was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 5, and wore a back brace until this year when she had spinal fusion surgery. She is currently at 5 weeks post-op. Even though she didn’t have the same experiences as you did going through middle school, she could relate to kids poking her and asking about it, along with the insecurity of it all. I am so thankful for you and your experiences, so glad that you wrote this story to help others out there. For us, it is also genetic because now her younger brother has a large enough curve where he will need to be braced as well, he is 10. I may need to write his story for a boy’s side of scoliosis!
Thanks again, and keep up the good writing!
Thanks so much for your kind words! I hope your daughter is doing well, and best wishes to your son as he goes through the process. I think you should definitely write his story! His perspective would add a wonderful voice to the very few novels out there about scoliosis. Best wishes!
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