Bent But Not Broken

One Family's Scoliosis Journey

by Andrew Butters

Bent but not Broken cover
ISBN: 978-1-63373-337-4
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-63373-338-1
ISBN: 978-1-63373-339-8

with Jodi Wilks-Butters and Avery Butters

For the Butters family, the punch that knocked the wind out of their lungs was a diagnosis of severe idiopathic scoliosis for their eleven-year-old daughter Avery. The only viable treatment option was spinal fusion surgery. It was a terrifying prospect to stare down. Frustrated with the lack of information on what the family would actually experience, Avery’s mother, Jodi, started a family blog.

It was there that Avery, Jodi, and Andrew would share their thoughts and experiences about the journey in real time. Jodi was determined that if there were other families searching for this information that we would be able to provide it.

When it was all said and done and the blog came to its rightful conclusion the writer in Andrew felt that if the blog was so successful at spreading the message then surely there were other ways to help spread the word. Surely there were experiences they lived through that taught them lessons that applied beyond Avery’s scoliosis.

Bent But Not Broken is a heartfelt journey of a girl and her family as they navigate the healthcare system from diagnosis to surgery and beyond. Follow them as they use their own words in blog posts and through an emotional and gripping narrative that puts you by their side through all the ups and downs, challenges and successes, of an experience that changed their lives and taught them that compassion and love builds strong communities, even stronger families, and that true strength comes from the most unlikely sources.

Publisher: Meath

Andrew Butters is the one who came up with the idea of turning the family blog chronicling their personal struggle with scoliosis to help other families through their own. Avery Butters was born in 2002 and diagnosed with severe idiopathic scoliosis in 2014 at the age of 11 after a routine exam. This is her story. Her younger brother, AJ Butters, was born in 2006, and was the reason Avery’s condition was uncovered. Jodi Wilks-Butters has been a public servant since 1996 and the original blog that gave rise to Bent But Not Broken was her idea. They all live in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada with their three cats.

About the Author

Andrew is a 40-something married father of two living in Cambridge, Ontario. He will tell you that his first published work was "Losing Vern" as part of the Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior anthology but in reality, it was a 500-word anecdote about how he accidentally lit himself on fire that made it into the third installment of the Darwin Awards books.

Fire is not the only foe for Andrew as he has received four severe concussions and four “minor” ones, the last coming in the summer of 2011. It goes without saying that he is totally on board with head protection and brain health.

Not all his distinctions are as dubious as appearing in a Darwin Awards book. He has also been on stage with Penn and Teller, on TV with Super Dave Osborne, scored a game-winning goal at Maple Leaf Gardens, "sold" music to filmmaker Kevin Smith, was given 3 seconds of non-speaking airtime in a TV commercial, and appeared as a fighting vagrant in a rap video.

He currently blogs, writes novels, is a huge fan of golf, hockey, science, equality, and the Oxford comma.

Andrew sometimes lets his love of attention override common sense. Evidence of this can be found pretty much anywhere you can find Andrew.

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