Ellie-Ruth is one very determined 11-year-old. Diagnosed with Scoliosis at age 9, she and her parents were faced with the choices that all of us are faced with: which treatment options should we choose? And, how will this affect our child’s daily life from here on? But, the one thing that Ellie-Ruth and her parents knew she could never give up was gymnastics. Ellie-Ruth was very involved with and passionate about the sport from a young age, and she was determined to continue to reach for her goals, regardless of her diagnosis. Her parents found specialist Dr. Kris Lundine, who is currently with the Epworth hospital in Richmond, Victoria, Australia, and Ellie-Ruth began treatment with nighttime Rigo-Cheneau bracing and Schroth Therapy. While some children are advised against continuing gymnastics with scoliosis, Ellie-Ruth’s specialist took a different approach, focusing on the advantages of her staying strong, especially in her core. Ellie-Ruth’s Mother, Diane, appreciates the fact that she found a specialist that does whatever is necessary to avoid surgery and one that supports her daughter’s goals.
Ellie-Ruth continues to work on her treatments, and currently visits her specialist every 6 months. Her curve is holding at 44 degrees. Her hard work with gymnastics has also paid off. Competing in numerous competitions across Melbourne, Australia, she has achieved 6 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals, and at least 4 Bronze Medals. She also qualified for the Victoria State Championship last year! Clearly, she does not intend to let Scoliosis stop her! “Gymnastics to me is my life,” says Ellie-Ruth, “I have got a curve, but that doesn’t stop me from what I love.” When asked what she would say to other young Scoliosis patients like herself, she responded, “I would tell them to never give up on your hopes and dreams.” We thank Ellie-Ruth for sharing her inspiring story and her message of hope with us all. She is proof that you can continue to work toward any goal while battling Scoliosis.