What is it about her story that Lewis most wants those kids to know?
"When I was told I had to have surgery to implant a metal rod and five screws into my back, I did not envision that I could be a professional athlete, let alone reach No. 1 in the world," she said. "In that way, it was a blessing in disguise. I learned that if I put in the effort and the time, I could reach my goals and even surpass them. You never know how high you'll be able to go if you don't let the condition define your limits."
For more on scoliosis, visit the Scoliosis Research Society or the U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
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