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.