Hi, my name is Natalie Machado. I am 11 years old. I play volleyball & basketball. I was diagnosed with scoliosis about a year and a half ago. It started off at 14 degrees, now it’s at 38 degrees. Apparently I grew 3” since then and my curve just went wild! I was fitted for a brace and picked it up a couple of days ago. I was being very strong until I tried the brace on for the first time. I just couldn't imagine going to junior high wearing this! The Dr. said to expect to wear it 23 hours a day for 2 yrs. I felt like my world was crashing.
My mom did a lot of searching on the computer to help me deal with this. We were so happy to find Curvy Girls. It has changed my whole attitude about the brace. I'm so happy to find that other girls have similar obstacles just like me. Being a Curvy Girl Leader lets me be a part of something that is helping others, while it supports me too.
Tomorrow I start physical therapy. It’s some intensive way of trying to move my right shoulder back into the right place. We have to get up at 6 am and drive an hour and a half. The therapy is for 20 hours over 4 days. I will learn exercises that I have to do every day at home.
I'll keep you posted on my therapy!