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Growing up with spina bifida, a birth defect that affects the spine, I was never physically active. I believed my disability excluded me from keeping fit. My peers would ridicule me in gym class because I could not keep up. Their mocking left me self-conscious.

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Since I attended my first SB&H meeting in Toronto as a 19 year old Brock Music major from Niagara on the Lake, my life has grown and shifted in ways that I never could have imagined. I’ve conquered some incredibly steep and slippery slopes, and have been places and seen things that most people can only read about. I truly feel blessed, and overwhelmingly grateful. Knock on wood that my luck continues in health and wellness through 2013 and the years that follow.

By Steve Kean

Dear Mom,

In a previous issue of Current magazine we printed a story that included “An Open Letter to Parents” from a Mom, like you, who has a child with spina bifida. She is just beginning the journey of her child’s life. Her words were incredibly moving and inspired me to write this letter. Looking back at the more than four decades of my life, I wanted to write you to say a few things that I want you to hear.

Lorri-Anne Champagne was born with spina bifida in 1962. She, now 54, shares her journey.

By Dr. James Wright (formerly of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto)

Parents of children with spina bifida are overwhelmed at birth with multiple health concerns. Unfortunately those concerns never go away. The initial focus is usually on the closure of the spina bifida and the possible need for a shunt. However as those issues resolve, inevitably at some point parents want to understand how their child will function in their environment; will they walk, run, or play sports? Every child is different and we never want to extinguish hope but there are some general expectations based largely on the function of the nerves to the legs.