Celebrity Cebuana Dionne Monsanto calls for scoliosis awareness
REALITY TV star Dionne Monsanto is quite pre-occupied off camera these days. She’s in a quest to increase awareness of scoliosis as the campaign’s celebrity ambassador.
Monsanto knows from where she speaks: she herself has scoliosis, a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side.
At the recent International Scoliosis Awareness Day in Cebu where she served as spokesperson, Dionne stressed that everyone should get checked, especially those who feel that something is wrong with their body, particularly with the spine.
And the earlier, the better, said Dionne, who learned about her condition when she was already 15 years old.
At first she was not worried about her condition. She felt that she was physically healthy, being a part of the varsity, chairperson of the dance troupe, and a part of the journalism club. This was until she had a scoliosis attack that kept her in bed for three straight days three years ago.
“I can’t describe how painful it was,” the Cebuana said during the June 28 event, which carried the theme “Early detection, early correction,” at Parkmall in Mandaue City.
“When I learned about how serious it could get for someone who has it, I got alarmed,” Dionne shared, adding that she read it could get worse and she might need an operation.
In Dionne’s case, her scoliosis is hereditary, since her mom also has the same condition. As a young student, her condition worsened early on as she used to carry heavy school books.
Dionne, who is popularly known as a Pinoy Big Brother ex-housemate, said scoliosis affected her in a horrible way. “I missed opportunities. There were schedules I could not go because I was bed-ridden. I wanted to get up but it was too painful,” she revealed.
The Manila-based Dionne still does shows with ABS-CBN, although most of her time she works in congress as a consultant. In between, she pursues her advocacies, something she’s been doing for a while now, like being a Red Cross volunteer for almost seven years.
Amid all these pursuits, Dionne is now more mindful of her condition. To prevent her scolio attacks she does swimming and yoga, living a healthy life to keep her condition in check. (Sunshine Gelbolingo, USJ-R Intern)