Photographer // Julia Cybularz

Julia Cybularz

Hannah was nine years old the first time she was forced into the brace which was created to address her spinal deformity. Hannah is required to wear her brace for twenty-three hours a day until she is finished growing. She wears it to school, out with friends, bed, and is allowed a one hour break in order to bathe. A decision about whether surgery will be necessary to correct for the curvature in her spine occurs after puberty. A new casting and fitting usually occurs every nine months as she grows. Currently, her curvature is continuing to advance despite her strict bracing regimen.—Julia Cybularz
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