This booklet is written by a parent for parents. You'll see many bulleted lists for quick reading and reference, because, like most parents these days...we are too busy to read a novel. For questions, email me at:

This guide has been created for those parents of children with scoliosis who have already made the decision with their children (and based upon your physician's guidance) to proceed with the surgery. The purpose of this guide is not to advocate the surgery nor discuss alternatives, but to simply provide parents with an account of our experience and tips that might help make the hospital experience a little less traumatic.

My thanks go Michelle Spray and members of the CT Teen Chapter of the Scoliosis Association for the inspiration and help they provided in making this publication a reality!

To Purchase a Copy

» To view the booklet online and print off your own personal copy: Use PayPal to send a payment of $3 to After payment has been accepted, I will email you a link to the web page.

» To access an electronic copy for print & distribution* to patient families: Use PayPal to send a payment of $50 to After payment has been accepted, I will email you a PDF that is single-sided format 8.5x11. Double-sided (8.5 x 11) or booklet formats (5.5 x 8.5) are also available. *Note: You can make as many copies as you need to, as long as they are for non-profit use.

» To order a paper copy:
Send your name, address, and a check or money order for $7.50 (black & white copy) or $15 (color copy) to:
Joan Thomas
10242 E. Rose Glen Drive
Claremore OK 74019

Copyright 2006-2010
Scoliosis Booklet ISBN#s:
ISBN# 0-9785840-0-7, print booklet (24 pages, 8.5" x 5.5")
ISBN# 0-9785840-1-5, distribution copy (22 pages, 8.5" x 11")
ISBN# 0-9785840-2-3 HTML link