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Naomie Harris Opens Up About Overcoming Her Traumatic Childhood Health Battle

Naomie Harris Opens Up About Overcoming Her Traumatic Childhood Health Battle

Naomie Harris is radiant on the cover of Shape‘s October issue, available now.

Here’s what the 43year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On her battle with scoliosis as a child: “Around age 11, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. The progression of the disease became severe in my teens, and I needed an operation. Doctors inserted a metal rod down my spine. I spent a month in the hospital recovering and had to learn how to walk again. It was really traumatic. I saw kids in the hospital with scoliosis so advanced that they would never be able to stand properly. I felt really lucky. Since then, I have always appreciated the gift of a healthy body.”

On how she deals with stress: “Meditation has changed my life and the way I deal with stress. I do it twice a day for 20 minutes. It forces me to stop whatever I’m doing and take a break. That’s crucial because I have to have a goal. It keeps me expanding and growing and learning, and it forces me out of my comfort zone to develop new skills.”

On being a role model and using her platform: “I never really considered myself a role model, but people have called me one, so I guess I probably am. I’ve always tried to live my best possible life. I want to be an upstanding citizen and contribute. I’m an ambassador for a youth theater group in the U.K. that works with kids from troubled backgrounds, I’m an advocate for a mental health group, and I work with a charity that helps children in South Africa who have been affected by AIDS and HIV. I try to use my voice and bring awareness to these critical issues.”

For more from Naomie Harris, visit Shape.com.

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