Savannah & Atlanta Georgia
I am going to be a junior in high school. I have a twin- brother, and parents that I love dearly. In my free time I love playing my violin, participating in orchestra, playing golf, and volunteering at the local hospital. My life has significantly been impacted by scoliosis. I could practically write a book on it, but this is the long story- short version. After they suspected I had scoliosis from a school screening in the 8th grade, a follow-up X-Ray showed a 25-degree curve. Considering I was almost done growing they felt no need to brace. A 6-month later follow up showed a 30-degree curve. However, they still felt bracing was not necessary. I was now not only in pain but also frustrated. We tried a spin-core brace but to no avail, and now we are optimistically trying Schroth exercises and are going for a second opinion at Shriners in North Carolina. Most recent X-rays revealed a nearly 45-degree curve.
While it has been a long hard journey that continues, I have learned so much from my scoliosis. I love telling people all about it when they see my rib 'hump', and spreading awareness. It's a long hard journey as I said, but I don't want other girls to have to go through it alone like I had to. I felt so alone, like there was nobody else in Savannah with scoliosis. In leading a group, I want to bring girls together to know they are not alone and ultimately give them the support I only got from my parents. My parents have been so loving and supportive! However, they didn't have to wear a brace to school and feel so uncomfortable, feeling like everyone is staring at your back. This is why I am a Curvy Girls Leader.
No Georgia 2012-16
My name is Brooke and I am 12 years old. I enjoy playing tennis, soccer, swimming and twirling the baton. I also like playing the piano and hanging out with my friends.
I recently found out from a school screening that I have scoliosis. The entire grade went to have their backs checked by the nurse and when it was my turn, I noticed she took a bit longer. A doctor came back to the school a few months later and he checked me again. He said I had scoliosis, and the school sent a letter to my parents. We went straight to my pediatrician who ordered x-rays. The x-ray room at the hospital was really creepy; it was all glowing white and felt like I was in an alien spaceship. A few months later, we went to another hospital with an EOS x-ray machine. I liked it A LOT more. I was then fitted for a nighttime Providence Brace. At first I was scared to have scoliosis, but now I am getting used to it. My mom says, ”everyone has something” and I guess scoliosis is my “something.” I want to meet other girls in my area with scoliosis. I think it will be nice to have friends like me.