Repurposing: An Emotional Experience

For my Project II, I am re-purposing a personal narrative on scoliosis into a health magazine article on the importance of checking for the disorder early on, particularly in young girls. Obviously this subject is close to my heart and I am already pretty knowledgeable about it. During my research, I found sources to use to validate what I basically already knew due to going through the entire experience myself. However, I did learn some new things particularly from the statistics I found. I knew that it was very common, more so in girls, and that a lot of people have a very mild form – but through research I was able to find more specific estimates of these demographics.

Writing an article to parents telling them how important it is to evaluate their children at a young age started making me a little emotional. It took me back in time to being 13 years old and having a doctor tell me everything I was writing about. It also reminded me of how emotional it made my parents, and I wanted to use that to reassure parents in my piece that the outlook can be very positive.

Actual X-rays of my spine. Before (left) and after surgery (right).
Actual X-rays of my spine. Before (left) and after surgery (right).

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