My Journey Through Scoliosis
By: Sara Cochran
It was May 10, 2009. I went to Dr. Spatz to look at something they thought was wrong with my leg. As my mom filled out paper work she wrote on the paper that she wanted x-rays of my spine to check for scoliosis. She and my sister had scoliosis so she just wanted to check things out. I would have never guessed that this day would be the beginning of a long journey and life long memory.
We found out that nothing was wrong with my leg. Then I went for the x-rays. Dr. Spats came back in and surprised us with some unexpected news. I had scoliosis. My scoliosis curves measured 21 and 35 degrees. I needed a brace. I was shocked. We decided to go to an orthopedic surgeon that my sister went to for yearly check ups on her scoliosis for a second opinion. He told us that I would need a brace that was worn 23 hours a day. I did not really like this idea but thought “If my mom could do it so can I.”
I wore my brace as much as I was
supposed to but when I went back to the orthopedic surgeon in
March of 2010, I was told my curve had gotten much worse. 38 and
42 degrees. He said I should continue wearing the brace 23 hours
a day. My back pain now being almost everyday all day I started
to get worried. When I felt my back or rubbed it to relieve the
pain or just putting my hands around my waist, I could feel my
spine. Some part of me just knew I was going to need surgery. On
When we got home from the
appointment questions darted through my mind. What do I bring?
How long will I be in the hospital? What information do I need
to know before surgery? Will my back pain go away after surgery?
Will I be limited as to what I can do? I had discovered a
website for kids with scoliosis called “SpineKids”, through
SpineKids I learned about different types of surgery. The
surgery I was going to have was called a Posterior Spinal
Fusion. I decided to vent what happened that day to my friends
in real life and on Spinekids. On Spinekids I found answers to
my questions and I also found a post about a girl who won the
Teen Nick Halo Awards for starting a scoliosis support group. I
emailed her and asked about the support group. Then an idea came
to me, since there are no support groups in southern
I had surgery
I gained a straight back and an open mind. It is very hard at times, but I think I am much stronger mentally now. I feel like this is just a really big mountain in my life that I need to climb. It takes a lot of strength and sometimes I need others to lean on but it will be worth it.
I used this not-so-great experience to help other people. Having scoliosis and going through this journey has made me realize that sometimes, even if you plan ahead, things just don’t work out the way you want them to. You just have to make the most of it and move on.
Hello my name is Anna and I am so
thrilled to join Sara as the
I have been an active Curvy Girl
I love playing the clarinet, bass clarinet and the tenor saxophone. I have participated in running races and triathlons. My favorite thing to do is biking. I have a cat and a guinea pig.
I want to help other Curvy Girls overcome obstacles and give guidance through our scoliosis. See you on the Forum where I go by “Lucky 16.”
Some words of advice:
A few tips
1) Always wear your brace; if you don't the consequences could be worse.
2) Name your brace! Try not to keep it a secret
3) If anyone bullies you about it, ignore them and walk away.
Before & After - Sara