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Scoliosis is a debilitating back condition that affects nearly 2% of the population. Some of your favorite Hollywood stars who suffer from scoliosis share their scoliosis stories and describe how they were able to manage living with the disease. Read their inspiring words below.

1. Sarah Michelle Gellar

The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress attributes her scoliosis to being a slave to fashion. Gellar says, “I grew up with, and I still have, major scoliosis. Growing up in Manhattan, you had your schoolbag, but we were so trend-conscious, nobody wanted to put a backpack on both shoulders, so almost all the girls I grew up with have it to some degree, because we all were so lopsided. So Pilates not only is a great exercise, but does relieve a lot of discomfort.”

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2. Shailene Woodley

The Divergent star remembers the first time she realized that she suffered from scoliosis. Woodley was 15, when her friend pointed out that her spine “looked funny.” The actress noticed a curve in her spine, went to the doctor and was immediately placed in a back brace. The star wore the brace 18 hours per day for two years to improve her curved spine. Woodley’s optimistic outlook on scoliosis is, “Some people have crooked teeth, some people have broken fingers, and I’ve got a back that has my initial on it.”

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