Pregnancy leaves Coast mum with severe spinal curvature
MONEY is the only thing that stands in the way of a Coast mother keeping her quality of life after her last pregnancy led to severe spinal curvature.
Diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 21, Narelle Lockett, 47, never had any grief from the condition until she gave birth to her six-year-old twins Grace and Sofia.
An abdominal muscle split has left Ms Lockett with little core strength to support her spine and her latest x-rays show two 40 degree bends.
She's also shrunk 1.5cm in the past 18 months.
The single mother said her condition restricts her in what she can with her daughters and 14-year-old son Blake and fears one day she won't be able to dress herself.
"Because my back is bending so severely, it's beginning to fuse itself," she said.
"My prospects down the track are pretty scary.
"When people ask me where I'll be in 10 years' time, I don't even want to go there."
The abdominal surgery Ms Lockett requires to fix the split is one of three parts of a tummy tuck, so Medicare won't fund the procedure.
She's now putting her pride aside to ask for donations to go towards the $15,000 surgery.
"It's gotten to the point where I don't have a choice," she said.
"The banks won't lend me money, I've tried.
"I'm a really proud person, the idea of asking for donations terrifies me."
The only reprieve from the pain Ms Lockett has found is from using Near-Infrared LED technology, which inspired her to manufacture and patent her own WellBeam Pain Therapy device.
She's sold hundreds over the past year and is offering them up for every $250 donation.
"If I could sell my products, I still make some money," she said.
The device has helped others live a pain free life as well, according to Ms Lockett, who said she's happy to have stayed medication free.
Without the surgery, Ms Lockett said it's likely her spine will continue to curve and she'll eventually need to have her spine fused.
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