My name is Ava and I am 13 going into eighth grade! I play the clarinet in the school band and I also do musical theater! In my spare time, I like to hang out with my friends and my cat, and occasionally write or draw.
I was diagnosed with scoliosis in mid-2018 when I was eleven. Ever since then, I have had three braces, and am still in my third one currently.
I love spreading awareness about scoliosis and I really want to be able to help others through their journey.
Hi, my name is Kirsten! I enjoy singing, playing the guitar, and being outdoors. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 9 and was monitored until I was 11. By that point, my curves had worsened, and I was told I would need to wear a night brace. Adjusting to the night brace was extremely difficult, to say the least, so I started the Western Massachusetts group in 2016 hoping to find support.
After 3 years of bracing, I am now out of my brace. Curvy Girls is a safe space where I have grown as a person and as a leader. I have met so many incredible people, and I am inspired every day by the strength and resilience of the girls in the Curvy Girls' community. I am here today as a CG leader because I want to help girls on their scoliosis journeys.
Cape Cod Massachusetts
My name is Grace and I’m a Curvy Girls Leader on Cape Cod in Massachusetts! I was diagnosed with mild idiopathic scoliosis when I was eleven years old. My scoliosis was monitored for four years before it was incorrectly re-diagnosed as moderate in February of 2019. I went to get an x-ray and my scoliosis was correctly diagnosed as severe. I had to go to Boston Children’s Hospital in March of 2019 to see what the right course of action for me. I got to work with one of the best scoliosis specialists in the country, Dr. Michael Glotzbecker. My doctor said that because I had so little time left to grow, a back brace wouldn’t be the best option for me and that I needed a spinal fusion. I had a really hard time hearing that; I just shut down and really tried to ignore my scoliosis. I had six vertebrae fused in my thoracic and lumbar spine on July 9th, 2019. It was one of the most difficult things that I ever had to go through but it actually really helped me learn to love my journey and my scoliosis. I’m back to my everyday life and my hobbies, competitive robotics and photography!
I really wanted to start a Curvy Girls group in my area because I had my aunt who also had a spinal fusion to talk to throughout my scoliosis journey and I know that some girls don’t have that resource. I wanted a place for girls in my community to be able to talk about their journeys, make friends and gain confidence.