In third grade, Brianna was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis, a condition that causes the spine to curve. At first, she saw a chiropractor and used a back brace for support. But as the curve in her spine continued to worsen, the family looked to more drastic interventions. After trying everything – including painful muscle stimulation therapy – Brianna and her family decided that surgery was the only option. In January 2018, Brianna underwent a spinal fusion at Children’s Colorado. During this complex and painful surgery, 17 screws were used to fuse two metal rods to her spine, helping to straighten the curve. Brianna faces a long recovery – possibly up to a year – but she is looking forward to a much better quality of life. Her recent surgery will help her deal with the effects of scoliosis that she will live with forever.