Cyndari on a journey to great new life
A RAINBOW Beach teenager could well be toting the biggest scar in town - and she's proud of it too. And so she should be.
Thirteen-year-old Cyndari Parton is on the biggest journey of her young life as she overcomes major back surgery to treat scoliosis. But she's glad to say she isn't going it alone.
The brave Tin Can Bay State School student is now resting up at home, after the six-and-a-half hour surgery to straighten her significantly curved spine.
And she is sharing every trial, tear and milestone along the way.
Cyndari's own Facebook page called My Journey has documented her experiences in the hope she can keep loved ones up-to-date and offer a source of support for others facing similar circumstances.
Born with a curved spine, which doctors advised her mother Bobbie-Jo and father Jake Parton to watch closely, Cyndari has spent the past two years wearing back braces in an attempt to straighten her back.
However just after Christmas this year, doctors said surgery would be inevitable.
"I think we all went and had a cry (after we found out)," Bobbie-Jo said.
On May 19 Cyndari went in for what has so far been a successful surgery to correct her spine that was so severely curved it almost touched one of her shoulder blades.
"I wasn't really that scared until it came to the day (of the surgery) and I started to freak out a little," Cyndari said of the lead-up to the big day. She now has about 30cm of metal rods screwed into her spine which have straightened it significantly. The rods will stay in Cyndari's back for the rest of her life and it will be a month of healing before she will head back to school.
Previous symptoms caused by the curve of her spine before the operation, including shortness of breath, pain in her upper body and an uneven chest and back, should now be corrected. For Cyndari, one of the most exciting things will hopefully be an increase in her movement, which will make it easier for this sports-mad teen to do what she loves most - surf.
SCOLIOSIS Australia says scoliosis is a Greek word meaning curved or bent. Today it is used to describe the most common type of spinal curvature. When a scoliosis develops the spine bends sideways and rotates along its vertical axis, having cosmetic and physiological effects that can possibly result in significant health problems.