Meet Chantal
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Ruby 2019-21
Hong Kong

I’m Chantal, a 20-year-old girl. I like playing the piano, reading, and go café hopping during my free time. Diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12, I’ve worn a brace and tried different remedies to cure my curve, but my curve just kept progressing. Losing self-confidence as the curve worsens, the biggest lesson I’ve learned from scoliosis is probably self-love. Fighting with scoliosis might be desperate and lonely, but all of us deserve to be loved despite our illness.

 

我是在香港長大的Chantal。在空閒時間喜歡彈鋼琴、看書,和去不同的咖啡廳。在我十二歲的時候,我確診了脊柱側彎。曾經配戴過支架,也嘗試過坊間很多聲稱對脊柱側彎有幫助的治療方法,可惜它們都對我沒有幫助,也浪費了不少時間和金錢。隨著脊柱側彎度數的惡化,我變得越來越沒自信。所以脊柱側彎教會我的課堂絕對是「自愛」。與脊柱側彎搏鬥或許是件絕望和孤單的事,但我們都值得被愛,即使我們患有脊柱側彎。

 

Scoliosis is a common illness among teenagers in Hong Kong. However, people have inadequate knowledge about the illness that make it even harder for scoliosis patients to open up and find a companion. When I was fighting with scoliosis alone, I really hoped to be understood and accepted. Therefore, I hope we could embrace each other through the scoliosis support group and raise scoliosis awareness in Hong Kong.

 

在香港,脊柱側彎是一個普遍的疾病,這個病普及在青少年女性之中。可是,大家對於這個病還是沒有足夠的認知,導致脊柱側彎患者感到更加難以啟齒去分享自己患病的事情,也難以找到同路人。以前,當我獨自跟這個病搏鬥時,我極之希望自己能夠被明白和接納。因此,我希望透過這個支援小組來跟同路人互相扶持,以及在香港提升大家對脊柱側彎的了解和認知。