ON MY WAY
Inspired by my personal journey with scoliosis. This painting was auctioned at the Harms Study Group Gala. HSG is an international cohort of pediatric spine surgeons who develop cutting-edge treatment for scoliosis. My surgeon invited me to give a patient testimonial and donate a painting to the gala, hosted in Las Vegas. In this drawing, the girl symbolizes a scoliosis patient. Her scarred back and disproportionate body are like mine. The bridge symbolizes the surgery, whose hardware entails two metal rods with screws to secure them into the spine. The bridge is blood-red because spinal fusions are particularly bloody operations. Her dress, however, is green because she is still growing: physically and mentally. Trees indicate spinal health. The trees around the bridge are jagged, crooked, and dangerous. The trees beyond the bridge, however, are tall, straight, and flowery. The bridge (surgery) helps the girl travel safely from poor health to good health.