Meet Janet
Japan

 

こんにちは、私の名前はジャネットで現在十五歳です。私はオーストラリアと日本のハーフで、大阪にあるインターナショナルスクールに通っています。

 私は側彎症以外に腰椎すべり症にも診断され、とても大変な五、六年を過ごしました。2017年には腰椎すべり症、2019年の夏には側彎症の手術をしましたが、両方の病気はほぼ改善し、普通の生活ができています。

 側彎症について自分の体験をシェアしたいので、日本で初めてのカービーガールズのリーダーをしたいと思いました。

 側彎症では私自身も色々体験しているので、カービーガールズを通して同じ思いをしている女の子たちを助けられたら嬉しいです。

Hi! I’m Janet. I’m 15 years old and I live in Osaka, Japan. I have been studying at Osaka International School since I was five years old because my parents are from Japan and Australia and I have lived in Japan all of my life. Living in Japan and attending an International school has helped me developed to have native-speaking skills in both languages and also has developed me to be an openminded global thinker. I’m extremely keen on leadership and so I have been apart of many extracurricular activities in the past but at the moment my main commitments are Global Issues Network (a global association), dance/cheer team, tutoring, the school newspaper, and sports management. Currently, I’m a Sophomore or 10th grade, and I have been making big decisions and goals for my future. One of them was to become the first ambassador to represent Japan in the Curvy Girls community. 

Long story short, I have had Scoliosis and Spondylolisthesis for for as long as I can remember. The two ‘disorders’ of mine are now technically, just about, fully cured after my two operations in 2017 and in 2019. I feel that these two disorders of mine have matured me early on and also allowed me to become a more open-minded person by understanding the fact that everyone is different and is unique in their own ways. 

I want to support other girls with Scoliosis with similar situations as myself because I understand the physical and mental stress that this condition creates. If I am able to relieve even some of this stress from these girls and their families by having a support group like this, it would mean so much to me.  I believe that a support group would definitely be an effective way for girls to be able to connect to create friends and I hope that this can turn such a terrible condition into a positive outcome for them and their families.

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