I'm fundraising on behalf of Boston Children's Hospital because:
I was first introduced to this walk 3 years ago when I was in the 5th grade by my teacher Mrs Close. Our entire class participated in the walk we raised $7k!!!!
Ironically a few years later I became a patient myself at Boston Children’s Hospital.
About a year ago I started to have severe back pain. I went to my family Dr. who sent me for an x-ray, as a result I needed an MRI from that I was referred to Boston Children’s Hospital Dr. Emans Director Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.
Upon my arrival I was very afraid of what I was going to find out.. Fearful of the things I would no longer be able to do, track, cross country, ski along with every day activities. Dr. Emans told me I had a Pars Stress Fracture in my left L5 and my right L5 was at risk. I didn’t understand what that meant, I was told no activities very limited options on what I could do, I was very sad.
Ok this is where it gets interesting, at this point we were sent to a room where I was fitted for a hard, thick plastic brace. I was told I would be in this brace for a minimum of 6 months. We waited while they made my brace specific for me. Once fitted, instructions were given on to me on how to live with now my new best friend. My mom knew I was feeling bad, anxious and afraid so she suggested that we should give my brace a name - so we named him Henry.
I introduced Henry to all my family and friends. Everyone was so supportive, helpful and kind during this time.
This walk means so much to me because of my own experience with Chrildrens Hospital. Especially the care Dr. Emans and his team have provided me throughout this entire process.
I am happy to report that Henry is on the shelf and not on my back for now.. I’m doing great.....
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“THE SPINE WILL SURVIVE”