TV

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I have been so blessed to┬áhave the opportunity to spread the word about scoliosis, Curvy Girls, the National Scoliosis Foundation and FOCOS to an even broader audience and through a completely new medium — TV! Last Wednesday I went down to Atlanta to have a one-on-one interview for the show Joy In Our Town and share about scoliosis and the different organizations I have become involved with. It was an amazing experience! The segment ended up being 15 minutes long with me sitting opposite the interviewer, Julie Haston, in an immaculate room decorated with Victorian style furniture and paintings (unfortunately, I don’t think you can see the whole room on the screen). Despite the elegant surroundings, the interview was a laid back, conversational style piece that made my first time on TV more fun and exciting than nerve- racking. As soon as I hear the release dates, I will post them for everyone to know!

Here is a picture of me in front of the studio.

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Story from CDC

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I was very fortunate to spend the past week at the CDC Disease Detective Camp with kids from all over the country to learn about all the aspects of the CDC and public health. While talking about vaccinations, global eradication of small pox, and the effort towards global eradication of polio, I heard a sad story.
There was a girl back in the 50’s that caught polio when she was three and was paralyzed in her torso, which meant she needed an iron lung to move her diaphragm and breathe. When she was older, they tried to fit her for the portable, smaller version, but they learned she had scoliosis. Because she had scoliosis, her body was contorted and she could not fit the symmetrical mold for the portable, smaller version of the machine, so she spent her entire life in an iron lung.
Even though it was a sad story, I thought it was a good example of why scoliosis research and treatment is very, very important!

Here is a picture of an iron lung:
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Article on a Common Spinal Fusion Product

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This article perfectly exemplifies why you should always do your homework on medical treatments to find your best option. Research on the patients part can pay off well when it comes to major decisions like spinal fusion.

http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2011/06/common-spinal-fusion-product-shown-to-be-harmful-in-bold-review-by-medical-journal-and-its-stanford-editors.html

FOCOS’s CNN Clip

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http://focos.squarespace.com/journal/2015/3/4/dr-boachie-adjei-featured-on-cnns-african-voices.html

FOCOS posted a small clip of the CNN episode on their website. Check it out!

I can’t begin to explain how much I care for this organization. The difference they make in the lives of their patients is unbelievable! Dr. Boachie’s passion for his medical work and helping others is amazing to see. It makes me feel so blessed by what I have and thankful for the treatment I have received that has decreased the severity of my scoliosis.