She writes that she looked like Popeye's thin girlfriend, Olive Oyl, but felt enormous in her cast. She was devasted when she overheard classmates referring to her as an arcade game character named Big Bertha.
Gerber went to Pike School and Governor's Academy in Byfield. She earned her bachelor's degree at Connecticut College and is working on a master's degree in writing for children at The New School in Manhattan. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines. Her Chicken Soup chapter is her first book-writing deal.
Members of her writing group at The New School encouraged her to submit the chapter. Writings by the group can be found at teenwritersbloc.com.
Gerber said the book can be a good conversation starter for mothers, daughters and scoliosis survivors. There are 101 stories in the book.