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  • About Hanabata
    Biography
    I have a twin sister-and we're Geminis too! I have a hedgehog-their spines are so flexible! hahaha!
    Location
    Home town: Seattle, WA. Currently living in Wakayama, Japan.
    Interests
    Dancing/Reading/Watching Movies/Romping with doggies/Learning about other languages~cultures.
    Occupation
    I teach English here in Japan but I want to be a Special Education teacher back in the states.
  • Scoliosis History
    A few fields to allow you to share some of your scoliosis history if you want to.
    What type of spinal curvature?
    Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
    Diagnosis Details
    It up ended being a pretty wicked S curve! Thoracic curve at 99 degrees with a compensatory lumbar curve at 54 degrees before surgery.
    What curve pattern?
    Primary thoracic with one or more compensatory curves
    Had surgery?
    Anterior/Posterior staged surgery
    Surgery Details
    I had it here in Japan----between the two surgeries I was in Halo traction for three weeks. It was a new kind of traction sans the vest---just the head gear. I could sit in a wheel chair that the halo was rigged up to and had a counter weight thingy---I ended up with about 20 pounds of counter weight pulling my head and neck straight up.
    Worn a brace?
    TLSO brace (eg Boston brace)
    Bracing Details
    Both my sister and I had a Boston brace for about a year---but we were both growing so quickly that it didn't do much to improve/stunt the curve from progressing.
  • Signature
    Hi, I'm Hannah! Diagnosed w/ AIS along with my twin sister at the age of 13. My curves advanced to 99(T) and 54(L). Needless to say my sister and I had/have a hump on our backs.
    Had the anterior release---halo traction---posterior fusion surgery in July-September 2010, in Japan--> curves down to 42(T) and 20(L)

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  • Last Activity: 26th March 2011 08:59 AM
  • Join Date: 10th December 2010
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