Meet Cassandra & Kayla
Hi! My name is Cassandra and I wore a brace for 5 years. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 9 years old. At a yearly doctor appointment, my pediatrician thought that I might have scoliosis, so she sent me to an orthopedist. I did, in fact, have an S curve. Soon after that, I started wearing a brace for 20 hours a day. Luckily, my scoliosis was detected when I was pretty young, so I haven't had to have back surgery.
Now, I am 17 years old and in 11th grade. I have stopped growing so I don’t wear my brace anymore. I still go to appointments every so often, but right now, my curve is not severe enough to need surgery. Wearing a brace definitely had its hardships, but looking back, I got so much stronger because of it and wouldn’t change a thing if I had the choice. Scoliosis hasn’t limited me. Doctors have always told me to not let it hold me back, so I stay active and continue doing the things I love.
I love to play volleyball and I also love swimming and going to the gym to work out. I also enjoy any outdoor activity, so I am lucky to live in Idaho where there are so many opportunities to explore nature.
I am excited to be a Curvy Girls Leader in Idaho! I have wanted to be able to connect with other girls who have scoliosis. When I saw that there were no groups in Idaho, I wanted to start one so I could help support other girls who have scoliosis and show them that they are not alone.
Hello! My name is Kayla and I am 12 years old. In 2017, at the age of 10 years old, I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Scoliosis. I remember how scared I was when I was first diagnosed and how worried I was that scoliosis was going to limit my activities. I am a competitive gymnast and was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to continue to compete. I was so relieved when my doctor told me that I could continue doing gymnastics.
I currently wear a Boston Brace during the day and a Providence Brace at night. I also do Schroth therapy. Immediately, after being diagnosed I found out about Curvy Girls and started going to the monthly meetings. Being able to go to the meetings has been a huge part of my scoliosis journey and has helped me realize that I am not alone. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, spending time at the beach, swimming, camping and playing volleyball.
As much as I wanted to run and hide when I was first diagnosed, I knew that I wanted to have something good come out of my situation. I decided that I wanted to be able to shed light on the condition and bring awareness. I was fortunate to have found Curvy Girls a month after I was diagnosed and immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of an organization that I could support and help other girls that are on the same scoliosis journey that I am. “More together than alone.”