St. Louis Missouri
I was diagnosed with Scoliosis when I was eight years old and wore a Boston brace for three years. I felt alone, embarrassed, and I didn’t want anybody to know that I had Scoliosis. I was the only one in my elementary school who wore the brace, so I didn’t have anyone to relate to. Then I found the Curvy Girls Scoliosis Support Group. I was able to meet some girls who were going through the same thing I was and we were able to connect. When I turned twelve I had a spinal fusion.
After attending two Curvy Girls Conventions in New York, I met friends in other states and parts of the world who helped me get through this difficult time with love and support. Now I hope to help other girls by being a support system and a friend so that nobody feels alone.
Meet Anna & Anna
Kansas City Missouri
My name is Anna W and I enjoy reading and baking. I was diagnosed with a minor curve in my lower back when I was 7. I saw my doctor for biannual checkups, but nothing major seemed to be happening. I started going to physical therapy, which helped some, but eventually I had to get a brace when I was 12. I’ve worn it ever since and it has helped immensely. Life has definitely been harder with the brace, but I’ve found ways around the struggles.
I’m excited to meet other girls and share tips and tricks that I have learned through my time in a brace, as well as learn from other girls.
My name is Anna B and I like to draw and play piano. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 12. At one of my routine check ups, my doctor noticed that my spine had a slight curve. She told me to get it checked out and we made an appointment a few months in advance. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. I couldn’t have predicted what came next. When we finally went to the orthopedist to get it looked at again, my doctor told me that I would need a back brace. My curve was 26 degrees and I was told that if I didn’t get braced, it could progress. I’ve had my brace ever since, and wear it 18 hours a day.
In the past year, I also started doing Schroth physical therapy to help diminish my curve. It’s been difficult, but hopefully I won’t have to wear my brace for much longer. I’m excited to meet other girls with the same condition as me and get involved with Curvy Girls.
Hello, my name is Kyndall. I have one sibling, my twin brother. My hobbies include competitive swimming, reading, and drawing. My competitive swim season lasts pretty much year round. In the summer, my swim team swims 7 days a week, and in the winter we swim 5-7 days a week depending on if there is a swim meet.
I was diagnosed with scoliosis 7 months ago. My pediatrician discovered the curves in my spine at a regular check-up and sent me to a specialist. My spine has 2 curves, and it also twists. I just recently got my brace. At first, it was really hard to wear but it is definitely getting easier.
I want to be a group leader because I want to be able to help other girls who are experiencing the same things. We all have the same types of emotions and questions. I feel that taking part in a group like Curvy Girls will help me and other girls feel less alone and afraid by having each other to talk to. It is hard to find friends going through this same diagnosis but a support group can help you find those friends.