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It’s 9:30 in the morning and world-renowned neurosurgeon and Growing Bolder Medical Director Robert Masson, M.D., has already finished one major surgery and is about to begin a second.

The procedure is called iMAS, or intervertebral micro access surgery, and will be performed by the team at Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital's newly designated NeuroSpine Center of Excellence.

And Growing Bolder got an exclusive invitation to watch it all happen.
Watch as Dr. Masson's team flawlessly executes a complex spinal reconstruction in little over an hour, something many surgeons take 5 or more hours to perform.
Dr. Masson imagined, designed and developed the entire platform, including the custom tools, techniques and most of the cutting-edge technology required.
In the last several years, he’s personally trained hundreds of surgeons from all over the world in what has become the new standard in minimally invasive spinal reconstruction. Learn more at!


Eleanor Roosevelt once said “you gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” Twenty-nine years ago, Jeannette Bajalia, founder of Woman’s Worth® and Growing Bolder’s financial expert and partner in the Growing Bolder Life Institute, had to find all three when doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer at the age of 36.

Nearly 30 years later, as we mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bajalia is reflecting on her experience and she has a Takeaway message for those who are still in the fight.
Our Wendy Chioji is a breast cancer survivor, now battling a rare form of cancer called thymic carcinoma. Her mantra when it comes to any of life's challenges is: "Defy" and in the years since her initial cancer diagnosis, she has done just that. You can read more at her Growing Bolder blog.
Bree Sandlin battled a diagnosis of aggressive, stage three triple negative breast cancer. After multiple surgeries and months of chemotherapy and radiation, she defied the odds and celebrated her "cancerversary" by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
As one of the stars of the critically acclaimed and award-winning musical comedy “Disenchanted,” it seems like Michelle Knight would be living a fairy-tale kind of life. But she made the difficult decision to undergo a double mastectomy following genetic testing and talked to Growing Bolder about the journey.
Michele Ann Salvo did not survive her fight against cancer. But her story is no less powerful. Michele was one of the most fearless, courageous and caring souls we’ve ever met. In her final interview, we spoke with Michele about the legacy she hoped to leave, and why she wanted everyone to stay hopeful.
Have you nominated someone for the 2017 Growing Bolder Awards yet? The BOLDYs® are shining the spotlight on older adults who pursue their passions, live lives of purpose and inspire people of all ages to keep Rebranding Aging®.

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