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Personal Stories

Scoliosis: Samantha's Story
Between sixth and ninth grades, Samantha received treatment for scoliosis - sometimes at a hospital hundreds of miles away from her home. This is her story about treatment and recovery.

Hearing Impairment: Kristin's Story
You wouldn't know it to meet her, but when Kristin was only 18 months old, her doctors diagnosed her with a hearing impairment. She had to learn to hear in a very different way from her peers - and developed some handy lipreading skills along the way!

Diabetes: Erika's Story
Erika's doctors diagnosed her with diabetes when she was 12. She'd always been terrified of needles, but managed to face her fears. Today, Erika says her life is pretty much like any other young woman's. Read her story.

Braces: Rachel's Story
When Rachel got her braces off during her junior year in high school, she finally had the smile she'd always wanted. So what went wrong? Read her story to find out.

Allergies: Gillian's Story
Gillian's had allergies for as long as she can remember. Find out how she's learned to deal.

Asthma: Samantha's Story
Samantha was diagnosed with asthma when she was just a kid. Find out how she's dealt with the ups and downs - and how she thinks playing sports helps her asthma.

Cerebral Palsy: Keith's Story
Keith has cerebral palsy. This is his story about life in high school, dating, sports, and taking chances.

Anxiety: Rachel's Story
Rachel developed an anxiety disorder during her junior and year of high school. Today she's in college and enjoying life. Read her story.

Alopecia: Kayla's Story
Kayla lost her hair, but that didn't stop her from winning beauty pageants. Read how the winner of the Miss Delaware crown relied on confidence and leadership to stand above the crowd.

Then and Now: Shanon's Cancer Story
Shanon had cancer when she was in the 8th grade. Today, she's healthy and has kids of her own. Find out more in this article for teens.

Knee Injury: Caroline's Story
Caroline loved sports. But when an ongoing knee injury kept her from playing the sports she loved, she discovered new interests. Read her story.

Cancer: Jen's Story (Video)
Jen, a cancer patient with non-Hogdkin's lymphoma, talks about her treatments, and how she copes, in this video for teens.

Cancer: DJ's Story (Video)
Leukemia survivor DJ talks about coping with cancer in this video for teens.

Asthma: Monica's Story (Video)
Monica, 17 developed asthma when she was 14. In this video, she talks about how she adapted to life with asthma.

Asthma: Jordan's Story (Video)
Jordan has had asthma since age 2. In this video for teens he talks about what he did to get it under control.

Diabetes: DJ's Story (Video)
DJ has type 2 diabetes. In this video, he talks about how he adjusted and what's working when it comes to taking care of himself.

Diabetes: Marco's Story (Video)
Marco, 18, was diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago. He talks about adjusting to life with diabetes and preparing to go to college.

Weight Loss Surgery: Stacie's Story (Video)
After struggling with weight her whole life, Stacie decided to look into weight loss surgery in her late teens. Here's her story.

Sickle Cell Disease: Mike's Story (Video)
In this video Mike, 18, talks about living with sickle cell disease, including how he copes with pain episodes and manages his schoolwork.

Sickle Cell Disease: Theresa's Story (Video)
Theresa, 16, talks about managing her sickle cell when she's feeling well as a way to ward off pain crises and other problems.

Healthy Eating: Mikayla's Story
Mikayla talks about how she was inspired to switch to a healthier diet, and what she learned about taking healthy eating from idea to reality.

Scoliosis: Personal Stories (Video)
In this video, two girls who were treated for scoliosis talk about their experiences.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Steven's Story (Video)
Steven was diagnosed with SMA when he was 3. Here's a look at his life today and why he says, "When someone tells you you can't do something, don't be afraid to try something new."

Teens Talk About Health (Video)
In this video, teens talk about dealing with various health problems as well as fitting healthy eating and exercise into their lives.

Dwarfism: Emily's Story (Video)
Emily was adopted from Russia, where she was born with a type of dwarfism. In this video, she talks about her life philosophy and how she overcame the many hurdles she faced.