Hi! My name is Josselyn. I am 19 years old, and have severe curvatures in my spine, otherwise known as Scoliosis. Scoliosis is a neurological condition in which my brain is not communicating to my spine that it is growing in the wrong direction, the crooked spine is the symptom. I was diagnosed at age 12 with a moderate curve of 35 degrees. I was braced until age 14., which was one of the biggest challenges in my life. At 14 years old, my doctor said I was finished growing and allowed me to discontinue my use of the back brace because the curvature of the spine normally does not worsen after growth is done. I was cleared to only come back for check ups. At age 18, I went for X-rays because I was in severe pain. There are days that it feels unbearable, making it hard to walk and participate in daily activities. When the X-rays came back, the doctor looked concerned. He informed my boyfriend Kyle and I that my curve had progressed to 52 degrees, requiring surgery. The normal procedure for my condition would be spinal fusion (inserting metal rods in the back to immobilize the vertebrae ) to correct and hopefully stop growth of the curve. It is an invasive surgery and has a long journey to recovery. Immediately we began to look for other options and prayed that there was another way. Then we found Scolismart. Scolismart is a non-surgical, viable option for me. they believe in loosening the spine, retraining the brain, and then stabilizing the spine in it's new position. The clinic is in New York City. If I am able to raise the funds, I will be staying for 10 days, receiving the treatment I need for 5 hours each day. We have researched and spoken to the doctors at Scolismart. They believe I am a great candidate for the program and they will be able to reduce my curvature. The cost of the Bootcamp is $6,325, the Activity Suit which I will use at home to maintain my progress is $1,610., both costs including a 15% fee to participate in a payment plan if we don't raise 100% of the funds needed. Without the 15% fee, it will be $5,500 for the treatment and 1,400 for the Activity Suit. The extra money I hope to raise will be used for my gas to get to New York and back, a hotel room and food for my ten days in New York. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to live a pain free life without major invasive surgery. What ever we raise for funds will mean the world to us, as we are two kids working full time and can't afford the treatment I need. Thank you for taking the time to read my story, and supporting me on my journey back to health.
Josselyn Jackman & Kyle DeTrude
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So now that my fiancé knows, I feel it's a good time to share ! My X-rays came in today. I was nervous but very excited to see my progress. I can officially say that my curve is now 35 degrees and still has potential to decrease !!!! This is huge for me because when I was diagnosed at 12 years old, my curve was at 32 degrees. This treatment has taken years off my spine and I couldn't be more grateful! Now, to make it back home with my spine as good as new !
Today I have one more half day of treatment, then it's back on the road home! I get new X-rays today so I am very excited! I want to thank a few people. Firstly I need to thank my grandparents who have gone above and beyond to make sure I am comfortable and safe on this trip. They are amazing and I can't thank them enough. Next I want to thank Dr. Stitzel, Andrea and Jess for giving such great medical care care. Last but not least I want to thank my family and friends, Especially Kyle. You have been rooting me on from miles away and I can feel your support and love ! I am so thankful for this opportunity and I am ready to kick today's butt!
Hey everyone! Just wanted to throw a quick update out there into cyber space! Today is day 4 of treatment. It has been painful, and very tiring, but so beyond worth it. I am learning much, and exercising more. My typical day consists of being placed on a series of different machines to help the spine become more flexible. I have done hours of rehab for my spine and I have learned how to use my new SAS (Scoliosis Activity Suit) or as I call it, my sassy suit. I do 2 1/2 hours of therapy in the morning and 2 1/2 in the afternoon each day at the clinic. I also do rehab and exercises from the hotel room, once in the morning and once before I go to sleep. I have been absolutely exhausted, but today made it all worth it. Today Dr. Clayton Stitzel informed us that we would be getting x-ray films done to assess our progress. He determined that my curve is now down to 40 DEGREES! I couldn't believe my eyes and ears. I just want to thank my God who gives me strength to overcome, I also want to give a huge thanks to YOU because you have given me the chance to live a healthier life by allowing me the opportunity to be in the finest care of Dr. Stitzel and his team. I am so appreciative. Please keep sharing our link! It is working wonders! The thoughts, prayers and financial donations are so appreciated! I love you all and I will try to post some pictures soon!
Hi everyone! Just wanted to take a minute to give a quick update! I am currently packing for my trip ( I leave in 2 days!!!) and I couldn't be more excited. Although I am overwhelmed with happiness, I am even more thankful. I would not be getting this treatment if it weren't for the giving hearts of my friends, family and acquaintances. Your generosity and kindness has truly blown me away. I love you all so very much. We have put the deposits down on my treatment, and we will only have to pay off $2,000 with a payment plan after treatment has ended. I never imagined being able to receive this life changing treatment with such little debt to pay. THANK YOU! I am going to keep this gofundme page up and running in case anyone feels led to bless us even more. . Any money that comes in goes straight to our $2,000 bill. This page also allows me to update you on the progress of my treatment, which I will be doing often in the next few weeks. I am so ready for what is to come, and I can't wait to share it with you all! Again, I want to thank each and every one of you who has offered your thoughts, prayers and helped financially. I wouldn't be here without you!