My name is Jamiah and I am 14 years old. Last year in December I began having back pains when I turned around. When I got that pain, it was hard to turn back around to my original position;I had to slowly turn back. I remembered that our school's nurse sent out the letter about our yearly school screening that was going to occur after Christmas break. So, after talking with my parents about my pain I told them I thought I should ask the nurse if I could have my screening before the scheduled time. They agreed.
The next day, I went to the nurse to ask and she did it right then. When she was finished she told me she noticed some signs of scoliosis and that I should see my pediatrician. When I got home that day, I told my mom what the nurse said and she set up an appointment asap.
Soon, the date of the appointment came and I was ready, I had to do the normal screening, my pediatrician said that I had scoliosis, for sure. She sent me to have x-rays and she also sent me to an orthopedic doctor.
The x-rays came in and I went to the orthopedic doctor where I had more x-rays. When the doctor came in I was so nervous about what he was going to say. He told me that my curve was around 41* and that it was recommended that I had surgery. He also said if I started to wear a brace now, it wouldn't do anything for my spine. My eyes immediately began to water because I was not expecting surgery. I thought all I would need is a brace. As soon as I got in the car, I began to cry non-stop for the ride home. When I got home after that appointment I went straight to my computer and began to research. I found many different things. When I got back to school I told the nurse what happened. Then, she told me about a girl at my school who had scoliosis and had the surgery. The nurse contacted the girl and her parents and we began to talk. She is very nice and supportive. My mom talked to her mom and told her about her experience and I changed doctors to be with the one she had because I felt more comfortable with him.
When I first met with the surgeon, I had to go through the same screening and more x-rays, I was really getting tired of this screening. The surgeon told me the same as the other doctors that I have been to, but in greater detail.
Fast forward to August 12, 2011 (my mom's birthday). I had to have an MRI, I have never had an MRI and I heard it was very tight and annoying, so I was very nervous. While my mom was at work one day, she got a call from my doctor and he said everything was fine BUT my spine had increased to 51*.
I remembered that he said I can hold off on the surgery, but I wanted to get it over with, so we scheduled my surgery for October 10, 2011.
My surgery was successfully completed. My particular surgery took 5.5 hours. I am very happy that I had this surgery done and happy with the outcome of this surgery.
I am proud to say that I am apart of the Curvy Girls. I have SO much support from all of the girls and it helped me walk into that hospital with lots of positivity.
THANK YOU CURVY GIRLS!!!And now I am ready to give back and help support other girls as the Leader of Southern Connecticut Curvy Girls!
Curvy Girl CT Leader
Surgery completed on October 10, 2011