Letty Ferrer, A nanna's story of her daughter & granddaughter being diagnosed
Feb 16, 2022
On this episode, we welcome a very special guest, my mom. She shares her memories of what it was like when I was diagnosed, having surgery as well as when her granddaughter was diagnosed.
At the age of 10, my doctor noticed “something funny.” I was taken to the orthopedic where I was diagnosed & given a Milwaukee brace. It looked like a “torture chamber.” I had to buckle her up every day.
We went to Montauk to visit Letty’s mother who suggested getting a second opinion. Letty made an appointment with orthopedist Dr. Patrick O’Leary.
He offered a few suggestions, “do nothing, get an updated brace or have back surgery.”
Letty shares that I made the decision of wanting to wear the brace & do “the exercises.”
My curves increased. From April to May 19, they went from 46 to 50 degrees. Teresa would have 2 orthopedists performing this surgery Dr. O’Leary & Dr. Neuwirth.
Letty tells what it was like seeing her daughter after surgery. “You looked jaundice.” After leaving the hospital, Letty was told, I should wear the brace for 6 months & only walk.
Letty shares the vulnerability I had when coming home after having the “safety net” of the hospital. I rolled, learning how get dressed or undressed.
Growing taking ballet was in my bones studying at studying at ABT, Joffery Ballet & HB Studio. When July came around, I wanted to start moving again.
6 months post surgery, Letty took me to Dr. Neuwirth.
Jumping into 30+ years later. Letty talks about her memory of how she felt when her granddaughter was diagnosed. “it brought back a flood of memories. I felt like I was reliving it all over again.”
Through watching her daughter & granddaughter, she realized the strength that she carries which has been shared down to two generations.
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