Antigua & Barbuda
Hi! I am Deomi. I’m from the small twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda and I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 13 in 2013.
Over the past six years, growing and living with scoliosis has not been easy, from numerous doctor’s visits with disappointing news that my curves progressed to bracing and feeling highly uncomfortable for approximately a year. Nevertheless, I’ve never let it hamper my quality of life and would still wear clothing that easily showed the hump in my back, despite being occasionally mocked for the way it looked along with the way I walked.
In the year 2017, I had my spinal fusion. A few weeks after surgery, I remember feeling alone since there was no one around me who could relate to how I felt. My experiences made me want to become “the big sister girls never had” and be an emotional support system to allow girls to fully express how they feel without being belittled. So I became a Curvy Girls’ Leader to provide the necessary support for girls in my country. I want them to feel understood and related to. Lastly, I want to raise awareness in my homeland since people lack the knowledge of scoliosis.
My goal is to educate the public and to empower girls with scoliosis, helping them to feel comfortable in their skin and let them know that although they are bent, they are not broken.