Princess Eugenie opens up about life-changing surgery

The Princess has revealed a rare photo of her scar with an important message.

Princess Eugenie was just 11-years-old when she was diagnosed with scoliosis, a condition which left unattended, would have caused severe walking disabilities and growth implications to her body. 

18 years after undergoing major surgery for her condition, Princess Eugenie has posted a rare personal photo of the scar on her back for International Scoliosis Awareness Day.

"I just wanted to share my scar and encourage anyone out there who's gone through something similar to share theirs with me," she wrote to her 1.1 million followers. 

"Let's be proud of our scars!"

Her candid post immediately brought in thousands of comments from people around the world sharing messages of support, as well as others sharing their own journeys.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"You are seriously the coolest princess," one person wrote. 

"I have had this surgery in October 2019 and you truly help me to not be ashamed of my scar and to proudly show it as it is a part of me now," a second person revealed.

The 30-year-old princess has spoken about her condition in the past, in hopes to raise awareness for the diagnosis and offer support for those going through what she did.

Although having a privileged upbringing, Princess Eugenie spent much of her childhood in and out of hospitals as her scoliosis worsened. 

As a child, she had to wear a neck brace and was unable to participate in physical activities with her friends and sister. 

"That was very frustrating and I remember being angry about not being able to run and play," she previously told a publication. 

At 12 years of age, the princess underwent major surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, England.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The operation took seven hours to fuse vertebrae together using titanium rods and screws, so that her spine would heal in a single straight line.

Following a successful operation, the princess has since become a patron of the Redevelopment Appeal for the hospital supporting their incredible work. 

While protecting her private life, Princess Eugenie has often spoken about her recovery and even shocked the globe when she chose to wear a wedding dress without a veil to showed part of her scar. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I believe scars are like memories that tell a story on your body, that remind you how strong you had to be, and that you survived to talk about it,” the princess explained to a publication.

“Your scars are a way of communicating, and sharing a trauma can be healing in so many ways.

"It can release that stigma you might have given to yourself and by talking about it you can show people how they can heal, too.”

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